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Friday, November 21, 2008
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Can’t keep this Ghai down
Yuvvraaj of cool
There’s another side to Bollywood star Salman Khan. The actor who makes it to the headlines for all the wrong reasons has a quirky sense of humour. And that comes through as he opens up on a host of topics prior to the release of Yuvvraaj. ...
Who is the heroine?
Priyamani was to act with Shivaraj Kumar in Bhagyada Balegaara, but the multi-lingual actor seems to be very busy now, working in a Mani Ratnam film and the Telugu film, Droan. Though hailing from Bangalore, the dusky actor ...
Ready to bloom?
In ‘Poo’, the soon-to-be-released film, the audience will get to see ‘city guy’ Srikanth in the role of a rustic
HOT FROM HOLLYWOOD
All about the right choice
Pop diva Mariah Carey is on the warpath over her toy boy husband. The 39-year-old songstress tied the knot with actor/producer Nick Cannon in April but is still fending off questions about her being 11 years older than her 28-year-old spouse. ...
Sexy senorita Eva Mendes is classed as a feisty fashionista but she insists her top style tip is to stay comfortable. Eva says she only oozes confidence if she is relaxed in what she is wearing. “For me it is all about comfort. So my tip ...
No family movies
Nicole Kidman will not be taking her marital bliss with Keith Urban on to the big screen. Rumours were rife that the pair were working on a movie together but singer Keith has moved quickly to end his acting career before it even begins. ...
‘I miss my babies’
Devoted mum-of-two Jennifer Lopez cannot bear to be away from her twins for more than an hour without calling home to make sure they are all right. Jennifer is finding life as a working mum to Max and Emme hard because she wants to spend every ...
Gifts from fans
Now she is gaining millions of fans across the globe, Leona Lewis is receiving more and more bizarre gifts. The Brit soul diva gets freaked out by presents that have her face on them. “I got a cake with my face on it once — that felt ...
Oye, she is pretty lucky!
Neetu Chandra, who impressed critics and the hoi polloi with her performance in Traffic Signal and, to a lesser degree, in One Two Three, will be seen next in Oye Lucky Lucky Oye. Neetu, who has been paired with Abhay ...
Khushboo on song
After ruling the silver screen and television, Khushboo now turns singer. She will lend her voice to a song in Magane Marumagane, produced by T. P. Gajendran. Vivek is the hero of the film, and the music has been composed by ...
Back with Selva
After the lukewarm response to Gautham Vasudev Menon’s thriller Pachaikili Muthucharam, Andrea gets a second chance at stardom in Selvaraghavan’s Idhu Maalai Nerathu Mayakkam. Or should we say, third, ...
Will the cuts work?
Gautham Vasudev Menon’s Vaaranam Aayiram, an ode to his father, opened to mixed response — some reviews praised it as a film for niche audiences, while a few termed it inane. The word-of-mouth reviews have also been mixed, but ...
An ode to dad dearest
It is said to be a biopic of sorts from Gautham Menon — a tribute to his father. If Cheran’s Thavamai Thavamirundhu comes to mind now and then it’s because the theme is similar. The finesse of a Menon film is ...
Fun and friendship
There’s a thin line between making something that’s outrightly subversive and something that’s completely juvenile. Judd Apatow’s brand of filmmaking walks that line. And, Tarun Mansukhani’s effort stays shamelessly ...
Some great moments
The tragedy about Dasvidaniya is that though it is a collection of great touching moments with a fantastic Vinay Pathak in yet another memorable role (probably a career best), as a whole it falls short of becoming an immortal classic. ...
Adding glitter to Goa
festival There will be an extra dimension to the IFFI (Nov 22 to Dec 2) as it will include an exciting package from Thailand
World classics are movies made by different people at different times, in different countries. Apart from being a classic, these masterpieces have one more thing in common — portrayal of humanity. ‘Ulagaththirai’ is a ...
For cricket lovers
Cricket is a widely covered sport by all the media and, through “BIG Cricket”, an on-air show, BIG 92.7 FM brings the sport to millions of listeners in an innovative and entertaining way. The show covers the India vs. England ...
On a sleepy Sunday morning in December 1941, as children played and families prayed, squadrons of Japanese warplanes screamed across the Hawaiian skies and launched a surprise attack on the U.S. armed forces at Pearl Harbour. The infamous day ...
A group of young men travelling in a plane encounter a crash… the plane crashes deep in the Andes. The men are devastated but find the strength to persevere through the worst kind of physical and psychological pain. Their survival is a ...
Why I like... Khosla ka ghosla
There are a few Indian movies in the recent past that have somewhat impressed me. One of them was Khosla Ka Ghosla, for its irony and humour. The storyline was realistic and didn’t have the usual love triangle. It also ...
Why I hate.. Dostana
A movie that really disappointed me was the highly touted Dostana. It’s a lost film with no basic origin and a false sense of well being. Every second dialogue was intended to be a punch-line. They were aping Western ...
peraanmai “Terminator” Roland Kickinger dons the role of a villain in director Jhananathan’s film
Behind their dostana
Amrita Arora and Kareena Kapoor’s friendship has consumed almost as many reams of paper as the latter’s romance with Saif Ali Khan. The two hang out together, and have even worked together of late (Golmaal Returns and the forthcoming ...
Grill mill -- 'Nizhalgal' Ravi
You began your film career as a hero (Nizhalgal), but now you are doing more of character roles? This is not because of age. I wanted to be different and went in for roles with substance after my first film itself. ...
My first break
I have been interested in dance from a young age. I have worked with dance masters such as Thangappan and Hiralal as their assistant. One day I got an opportunity to choreograph for the Telugu film Alludu Ochadu. After ...
BLAST FROM THE PAST
Kalvanin Kadhali 1954
Sivaji Ganesan, P. Bhanumathi, T. R. Ramachandran, K. Sarangapani, T. S. Dorairaj, Kusalakumari, S. R. Janaki, D. Balasubramaniam and K. R. Chellam
What is Allegory?
The literary term in film refers to an extended metaphor employed in the film. The suggestive resemblance or correspondence between a event or character in a film with other more significant or abstract levels of meaning outside of the film ...
1. Which Academy Award-winning composer has composed for no less than 11 James Bond movies?
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