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The Kuselan Story
Cheap thrills on a low budget -- Contract
Contract begins with a line: You may ignore terrorism. But terrorism won’t ignore you. We could say the same thing about Varma. He keeps coming back to haunt us. The man is evil. Only he could’ve made an entire film as an inside joke. ...
The same old story -- Manavan Ninaithal
There are a number of messages in Arul Movies Manavan Ninaithal, but except the climax nothing gets into our minds. Sakthi (Rithik) is an extraordinary student who comes first in the State in the Plus Two examination. ...
Made for women -- Made of Honour
Of course there are castles. Whopping castles, generously smothered with the requisite romantic mist and music. There are galloping horses. Mandatory, after all, for any knight worth his shining armour. And there’s Patrick Dempsey, ...
Don’t bat an eyelid -- The Dark Knight
Heath Ledger probably didn’t care too much about death. Maybe because he knew he was going to be immortalised as one of the best onscreen villains of all time. Maybe he also knew that the world, at some subconscious level, loved and related ...
One-minute-reivew -- Kismat Konnection
Storyline: An unlucky architect pitching for a shopping mall falls in love with his Lady Luck activist rooting for the community centre (where the mall is supposed to come up) and now he has to decide what he wants more.Ups: ...
LOVE / HATE
Why I like... Dasavathaaram
I am a parama rasikan of Kamal Haasan. I would have hardly missed a single film of his. Especially those he has done for K. Balachandar. For instance, I must have watched Nizhal Nijamagiradhu 40 to 50 times. We were a ...
LOVE / HATE
Why I hate.. Exorcist
Comedy is part of my family’s (he is popular actor-writer Crazy Mohan’s brother) day-to-day living. So I have a natural dislike for horror and soppy films. I remember how I dreaded even going to the rest room after watching ...
Kangana Ranaut has signed some prized films — Kites opposite Hrithik and Raaz 2 opposite Emraan. But her first release is likely to be Madhur Bhandarkar’s Fashion, in which she plays a ...
Sorry for the intermission!
After 25 films, the newly-wed Gopika takes a break
An effect achieved when frames filmed over a specific space at regular intervals are put together to show a process that would take a very long time to occur. The camera is usually locked at a specific position and the footage is shot at ...
3. In Pixar’s The Incredibles, whose real identity is Buddy Pine? 4. For which two movies has Jack Nicholson won the Best Actor Oscar? 5. Which director’s name connects Michael Jackson’s ...
BLAST FROM THE PAST
Miss Malini 1947
Pushpavalli, Kothamangalam Subbu, Sundari Bai, N. Seetharaman and ‘R.G.’
My first break
Grillmill -- R. PARTHEPAN
After your first film Puthiya Pathai, which was a mega hit, you haven’t seen success on such a scale in any of your recent films… I don’t like such questions, that’s why I’m working ...
Kismat and chemistry
Shahid Kapoor on cinema, success and Sania Mirza
Havana in 1958 is a place of pleasure for many, but others are not happy under the rule of dictator Fulgencio Batista. The revolutionary forces of Fidel Castro and Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara prepare to move on the city. Fico Fellove ...
Munch Star Singer Junior
If you can carry a tune and if you are aged between eight and 15, then here is a talent hunt to showcase the singer in you. Asianet launches a reality show for young wannabe singers. The winner will get a flat worth Rs. 50 lakh. Then there is ...
Go on a breathtaking journey through the high Himalayas. Follow a clan of yak herders. Starting from the nomads in a tiny village in Nepal, close to the Tibetan border, follow the group that walks through a soaring landscape, and eventually ...
This is yet another serial from Radaan Pictures, adapted from a novel, ‘Malligaigal Niram Maaruvathilai.’ The serial, to go on air from July 28, portrays the struggles of a woman from a middle-class family, the sacrifices ...
A fantasy song
Sathyam has a dreamy number shot on a mega budget
HOT FROM HOLLYWOOD
Pines for Weisz
Hollywood action man Brendan Fraser says starring in another Mummy sequel just wasn’t the same without his sexy sidekick Rachel Weisz. Brit actor Weisz opted out of reprising her role in The Mummy 3, leaving Fraser with a ...
Absence makes the heart grow fonder
Chris Martin is married to one of the sexiest women in Hollywood but he says spending time away from her works wonders for their relationship. The Coldplay frontman says when he comes back from being on tour he feels even ...
Mummy’s girl too
Although she is always seen as daddy’s little girl, Miley Cyrus admits her best friend is actually her mum. The teen queen star of Hannah Montana credits her mum Leticia with keeping her grounded and being her confidante. ...
No role for Arnie
Christian Bale has seen to it that Arnold Schwarzenegger definitely won’t be back in the new Terminator movie. Batman star Bale plays freedom fighter John Conner in Terminator: Salvation, the fourth movie in the ...
Myers’ man crush
Funnyman Mike Myers has been forced to qualify his “man crush” on Justin Timberlake, his co-star in The Love Guru. Myers says he defies anyone, male or female, not to be bowled over by the multi-talented pop hunk. ...
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