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A smooth take-off, and that’s it - Padikkadhavan
Storyline: The hero, a school dropout, decides to marry an educated girl. He finds her but the rest isn’t easy Bottomline: Starters impress, but soon the course changes tack in a strange fashionAfter fairly ...
Predictable, but entertaining - Aa Aaa E Eee …
Cast: Prabhu, Manorama, V.M.C. Haneefa, Navdeep, Arvind, Monica, Charanya Mohan.Storyline: Two pairs of lovers are on the verge of marrying each other’s partners when … Bottomline: At times ...
The focus is clear - Villu
Storyline: The hero’s job is to gun down lawbreakers, but he has a personal agenda too …Bottomline: The ingredients are fine — proportions are the problemPrabhu Deva strikes the right chord ...
Fascination for the mysterious
Director Naga moves from television to films with Shankar's S Pictures
HOT FROM HOLLYWOOD
Looking for a laugh
Harry Potter lonely heart Emma Watson has set her sights on finding a boyfriend in 2009 and insists she isn’t too fussy. The sweet-natured, budding fashionista just wants a beau who can make her laugh. “A good boyfriend is hard to ...
All for art
Kate Hudson, Bride Wars beauty, has vowed to keep baring almost all in photo shoots because she sees it as art. The blonde actor says she has no problem posing for raunchy photos in magazines because she sees past her scantily clad figure. ...
Stardom’s alien to Sigourney
Alien star Sigourney Weaver recalls how she had to battle shyness to make it as an actress. But the 59-year-old star says she is not alone in Hollywood when it comes to A-listers who would secretly rather not be in the limelight. “I ...
Rafaeli raises the bar
Looking at her super fit body it’s easy to see why Leonardo DiCaprio fell for Israeli supermodel Bar Rafaeli. But what her Titanic lover likes most about her is her eco-warrior ways. Bar takes green issues seriously and ...
Dogged with guilt
Famed dog lover Jennifer Aniston feels guilty over the way she treated her first pet. She says, “My first pet was Demitri, a white poodle. We don’t know what happened to him. But he did not like me very much because I would always ...
One film, four games
The Bollywood gaming industry has got a fillip post-Ghajini. But what sort of content works with gamers, asks harshikaa udasi
There's a Villu, there's a way
Vijay, whose Villu has had a commendable opening at the turnstiles, talks to malathi rangarajan on his fun-filled formula
Shy San Francisco teenager Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway) is thrown into a loop when she learns that she’s a real-life princess. Now she must make the biggest decision of her life: remain with her family, or leave everything behind to ...
The music-based talent hunt has completed 275 episodes, making it the longest running programme of its kind on Tamil television. The winners and celebrity singers got together and presented a programme of old songs in Tiruchi to mark the ...
Premiering on January 16, the series, based on the British show of the same name and hosted by Drew Carey, profiles comedians who try to improvise sketches based on random topics determined by the audience.Alive – Back From the ...
Why I like... Slumdog Millionaire
Because, it’s extraordinary that someone could make a film like this. The boy who played the young Jamal was amazing. Rahman’s music is great. And, as a director, I know the difficulties involved in shooting in crowded locales such as ...
Why I hate... Singh is Kinng
It had a super star in the form of Akshay Kumar but the film was so commonplace. It was a total masala film, but half the things seemed improbable. I know it is a big hit, but the film did not work for me at all, possibly because it did ...
From kiddo to hero
After playing child-hero (Jayam Ravi in M. Kumaran s/o Mahalakshmi, Srikanth in Varnajalam, Vijayakanth in Perarasu, Sibiraj in Manin Maindhan, etc.), it is now ...
For a change, it was not Balu Mahendra who was sporting a cap at the audio release of the much-awaited Naan Kadavul, but Vikram. He plays Ravan in the contemporary take on the Ramayana, Ashokavanam, being ...
She’s hardly 15 and has played heroine in two films already — Mayilu, a Duet Films production, and Malayan opposite Karan, both set in a rural mileau. Shammu has just finished her 10th grade in ...
The audio release of Naan Kadavul, starring Arya and Pooja, was a star-studded affair. Santham Theatre, the venue of the launch, saw the who’s who of the industry lined up. Everyone — from Bala’s mentor Balu Mahendra to ...
After playing heroine in Arindhum Ariyamalum, Samiksha has not been seen in any significant role. She was supposed to play one of the leads opposite Raghava Lawrence in Rajathi Raja, but “her character ...
1.Name the character that Tom Cruise is playing in Valkyrie.
Ask Ghajini producer Madhu Mantena, who has been dating Nandana Sen for a couple of years now, the secret of his long-lasting relationship and he says: “I don’t think it’s been very long. I feel I’ve met Nandana ...
grill mill - `KADHAL' SANDHYA
Kadhal was my debut film; it was a huge success. After that not much happened.
BLAST FROM THE PAST
P. Bhanumathi, S. V. Ranga Rao, Sowcar Janaki, T.S. Muthaiah, J. P. Chandra Babu, Raja (HaranathRaju ) and Kumari Sacchu
My First Break
The recognition I’ve got from fans has changed my attitude towards life
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