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Friday, September 28, 2007
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Is cinema free enough?
With the line between art and commerce getting blurred, shouldn’t the role of independent filmmakers be redefined?
India’s Otter Paradise
Away from the burning heat of India’s plains and polluted bustling cities, Corbett National Park sits like a green jewel high in the foothills of the Himalayas. A dense forested haven, it is fed by a great river which runs right ...
Yesteryear lover boy Rishi Kapoor recreated the magic of his heyday when he broke into an impromptu jig on the sets of Kunal Kohli’s untitled Saif-Rani starrer. After the day’s shoot had packed up, Rishi saw a revolving table, ...
The life of Vaikuntasami, the man who preached philosophy, religion and social justice 175 years ago and who is worshipped in many areas of the South, particularly Nagercoil, is being made into a film — Ayya Vazhi. Raja, ...
All in one
Actually K.R. Udayashankar, director of Vegam, is not new to cinema. He was the hero of the yesteryear film, Ramayi Vayasukku Vandhutta, opposite Menaka. But this simple, down-to-earth hero couldn’t ...
Will it click?
Arun Vijay was both jubilant and tense when you caught him at a shooting spot recently. His Thavam releases this month and the young man is in dire need of a hit. “I’m sure it will work out well,” he said. ...
Nila’s item number
Ajith has been a constant with NIC Arts. Only once did the production house join hands with Vikram and that was for Kaadhal Sadugudu. NIC Arts breaks its norm once again and plumps for Simbhu this time for its film
A fresh start -- Vegam
Storyline A phone call calling out for help makes the hero run around in circles to save herBottomline Suspense keeps it goingWith a voice that brings Simbhu to mind and a face that resembles Sachin ...
He, she and a ghost -- Sivi
Cast Yogi, Jayasrirao, Anuja Iyer, ‘Nizhalgal’ Ravi, Chitti Babu and ArthyStoryline A girl seduced by a young photographer and raped by his friends dies and comes back as a ghost Bottomline ...
Gripping from the word go -- The Bourne Ultimatum
Cast Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, David Strathairn, Joan Allen Storyline Bourne comes out of hiding to try and unlock the secret of his past Bottomline Fast, furious and fantasticBourne is back, and how. This ...
Good vs. evil -- Nam Naadu
Honesty and uprightness take on villainy and vendetta in Kanakaratna Movies’ Nam Naadu — a drama that’s more a proclamation of Sarathkumar’s solo entry into politics. More a remake of the Malayalam film, ...
Will Inbha be a pleasure to watch? -- Inbha
It’s a scenic spot in Ooty. Both Shaam and Sneha break into a jig. Sai Thirulog swings into action with his camera, while P.B. Balaji’s tunes play in the background. The lead actors go about their steps relentlessly, till the director ...
Why I like... Chakde India
My favourite movie is Chakde India. It has revived our national sport (hockey) and played a big part in our country winning the Asia cup. The good luck rubbed on to Indian cricket as well and we are the World Twenty20 ...
Why I hate... Buddha Mar Gaya
Well, it is a close call between Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag and Buddha Mar Gaya but I guess Buddha Mar Gaya wins because Aag at least had Amitabh Bachchan. I think RGV must ...
Questions & Answers
2.Who directed the Academy Award nominated Hindi classic Mother India? 3.In traditional hand-drawn animation, what’s the term used for the transparent sheet on which objects are drawn or painted? 4.Who scored ...
Film Noir is a genre that focusses on the dark side of man in stories of crime, lust or greed. Morality is blurred in a noir film and filmmakers usually embrace this genre stylistically to relish the surreal potential in the subject matter ...
BLAST FROM THE PAST
MGR, M. N. Nambiar, Madhuri Devi, G. Sakunthala and S. A. Natarajan
Angelina plays herself
Angelina Jolie’s next big screen role could be playing herself. The sexy star wants to make a movie focussing on her charity work and revealing a little of her life with Brad Pitt and their children. “Angelina has always been aware ...
She may be famous for her feisty ways, but Mel Brown had to check with her fellow Spice Girls before signing up for Dancing with the Stars. New mum Scary Spice sought advice from band mate Emma Bunton about the American show in ...
Lord of the Rings star Viggo Mortensen has expressed his embarrassment at filming a naked fight scene for new movie Eastern Promises. The New York-born actor stripped to take on two thugs in a sauna scrap, wearing just a towel, ...
Casey Affleck has revealed the secret to his successful working relationship with big brother Ben after the two collaborated on new film Gone Baby Gone. The siblings had no trouble communicating when Ben, 35, directed ...
Jessica’s new ploy
Jessica Alba is getting her fellow Hollywood beauties to bare it all in the hope of keeping her own clothes on in movies. The Fantastic Four star says she is constantly being asked to strip on screen but has come up with a ...
Naomi Watts has told how boyfriend Liev Schreiber is so good with their baby son. The King Kong beauty gave birth to her and Schreiber’s first child two months ago and Watts says her actor partner has shown incredible ...
Petra Nemcova is far more than a pretty face - the stunning supermodel is also humanitarian. Czech Nemcova, 28, survived the tsunami which killed her fiancé in 2004 and has since gone on to start her own charity, Happy Hearts Fund, to help ...
For those with an adventurous streak, Vijay TV rolls out an all new game show, “Thirandhidu Sesame,” from October. Watch the participants prepare themselves for a risky competition to win fabulous prizes. A few contestants ...
Southern Spice Music brings to viewers ‘Fansee’, a show that has passion, emotion, love and melodrama. This is because it is a tribute to fans as much as it is a tribute to their favourite film stars. This Sunday features Superstar ...
The radio station organises “BIG Fresher 2007”, an on-ground contest for freshers in the city colleges. The contest began on September 17 to hunt for the coolest and most versatile fresher. “BIG Fresher” has been ...
Mad about birds
offbeat Hawk, Extra 300, Titanium Raptor, Spectra helicopter... sudhish kamath takes off to another world with actor Madhavan
My first break
It may sound strange but the fact is I never knew when my entry into films happened! I was born into cinema, and believe me, I made my screen debut when I was nine months old in Uravai Katha Kili. Then when I came off age, ...
It was via Mumbai. In the age of multinationals, why not multi-regional stars? Didn’t you feel like a maach out of water?Luckily, I found masala dosa. Jokes apart, initially, I was clueless. I would ...
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