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Ms. Evergreen
Ramya Krishnan makes a comeback to the big screen with ‘Arumugam,’ even as her first soap is turning up trumps. malathi rangarajan catches up with the actor
Film Review

Happy, go get Lucky
The film, quite seriously, begins with a disclaimer: “This is not a religious film.”Intended or otherwise, that’s cheeky.Even more cheeky is the next disclaimer that informs us that a “hen wasn’t harmed ...


Usually made on a shoe-string budget, the film compensates by being sensational and is an unabashedly trashy B-grade film aimed at a specific audience and meticulously designed to succeed commercially by appealing to specific psychological ...

Cine Quiz
2. Which recent Tamil film is based on the short story ‘Saarappallam Chamundi’? 3. How does one better know Abhas Kumar Ganguly? 4. Which Oscar-nominated film was released in Tamil as Ni Anniyan? 5. Which ...

My First Break -- Anoorada Sriram
I started singing at the age of 12. I have had different gurus for various types of music — Thanjavur S. Kalyanaraman, D. Brindha and D. Viswanathan, Pandit Manikbhu Takur Das and Sherley Meir. After finishing M.A. in music at the ...

Grill Mill

Manamagal 1951
Padmini, Lalitha, S. V. Sahasranamam, T. S. Balaiah, N. S. Krishnan, T. A. Mathuram and T. S. Durairaj

Why I like...Company
I like gangster films. I liked Company because of the brilliant performances by the film’s cast. The actors made you believe they actually lived that kind of life. It is the only film where Vivek Oberoi was at his best. ...

Why I hate.. Indralogathil Na Azhagappan
I didn’t like Ram Gopal Varma’s Sarkar Raj (the sequel to his Sarkar). I thought it was like a promotional film for the Bachchan family (it starred Amitabh, Abhishek and Aishwarya). But the film I ...


Baring her fangs
Harshikaa udasi finds out what makes Bipasha Basu go all out for the kill

Khiladi is King
Whatever he touches turns into a box-office grosser. Meet the new ‘Jubilee Kumar’ aka Akshay Kumar...


Freedom flavours
TV NDTV and SS Music air a host of special programmes on Independence Day

Independence Day special
Vijay TV airs an array of programmes on Independence Day. These begin with ‘Gold Winner Isai Kudumbam,’ where a host of playback singers patriotic songs. This is followed by ‘Idhayam Mantra Koffee with Anu Season 2,’ a ...

Brian De Palma has directed this screen adaptation of James Ellroy’s novel detailing one of the most notorious unsolved murders in Hollywood history. Elizabeth Short (Mia Kirshner) is a struggling actress looking to make a name for ...

Tv Serials

Hosted by Emmy-winning comedian Jimmy Kimmel, this talk show debuts with a weekend special on August 16 at 11 p.m. and will then air every weeknight at 11 p.m. starting August 18. From offbeat opening monologues to light-hearted ...

‘Idhu Namma Kadai’, a reality show with a difference, will be aired on Makkal TV today (August 15) at 8.30 p.m. The programme aims to show that people are good and act according to their conscience. The crew travels across ...


Aim and shoot — North!
Many cinematographers from the South are making waves in Bollywood. Swarupa Pillaai speaks to some of them

Siva, from K. Balachander’s camp, debuts as director with Dhanam, with Sangeetha as protagonist. From what you hear, Dhanam is sure to set the screen on fire. “People ask me why I opted for a bold ...

Getting emotional
Anees Bazmee, known as the director with the Midas touch after No Entry, Welcome and Singh is Kinng, was recently so touched by Kirron Kher’s acting that he broke into tears. ...

‘Less is more’
The Hills star Lauren Conrad has slammed her celebrity peers who wear too much make-up because it makes them look ‘trashy’. The blonde beauty says she lives by the mantra ‘less is more’ when it comes to her looks. ...

No wild child
Hot gossip girl Blake Lively says she will never take after her party girl peers because she likes the quiet life too much. The blonde beauty prefers to go out for dinner and watching movies to falling out of clubs in the early hours of the ...

Second musical outing
After the success of her first album, blonde bombshell Scarlett Johansson might be heading back to the recording studio for a second musical outing. Scarlett admits she would like to have another stab at singing but only after she has tried her ...

Like father like son
Dad of two, Jack Black is convinced his sons will take after him in the comedy stakes because they are already making him laugh. Jack says his two-month-old son Thomas is already pulling funny faces. “It’s great. The babes are happy ...

I’m no airhead
Sexy socialite Paris Hilton admits she is still trying to shake off her ditsy dumb blonde image so she can be taken seriously in the acting and music world. “There are a lot of misconceptions about me,” says the 27-year-old. “I ...


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