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Ready for the ride?
Riding on the success of her nuanced act in Vaaranam Aayiram, Simran now looks forward to the release of TN 07 AL 4777, writes subha j rao
Film Review

Begins well, but…
Mix Kung-Fu Panda with Seeta Aur Geeta, and add a liberal dose of tongue-in-cheek humour a la Kung Fu Hustle. The frothy concoction works lip-smackingly well in the first half of Chandni Chowk to China, achieving just the ...

More than interesting
In Kadhalna Summa Illa, a remake of the Telugu film Gammiyam, director Ilangkannan has by and large followed the original but made some minor alterations in the end. This has made the film more than interesting. The terrorist ...


MGR returns!
animation The MGR phenomenon continues to be invincible, and the hero’s next release will be Puratchi Thalaivan

Double impact
face-to-face Deepika Padukone on her dual roles in Chandni Chowk to China

Your story, my story
interview Nandita Das’s maiden directorial venture Firaaq is about human relationships in the wake of violence

What makes Will feel shy
Will Smith is classed as one of the hottest men on the planet right now — but he still gets shy stripping off for a nude scene. The Seven Pounds star says, “Just having all your clothes off in front of a group of ...

Royal style queen
Socialite Paris Hilton is desperate to get some first-hand tips from her new style icon, Brit beauty Kate Middleton. Paris Hilton looks up to Kate in the fashion stakes and is so desperate to move in royal circles she wants to befriend Prince ...

Make-up, my last priority
Since finishing her stint on Friends, Lisa Kudrow tries to stop fans from recognising her by dressing down. The quirky blonde has not taken any care of her appearance since the show ended — but she doesn’t mind if she goes out looking ...

Kim’s a winner
The credit crunch may be hitting retailers hard but not so celebrity ones it seems. Reality TV star Kim Kardashian has told how her LA boutique Dash is booming despite the economic climate. “Our store, thankfully, is doing really well but ...

Jim missed Prisoner visit
Hollywood hunk Jim Caviezel has said how he never got to meet veteran actor Patrick McGoohan before following in his footsteps as The Prisoner. McGoohan died on January 13 at the age of 80, while Caviezel was busy promoting a new U.S. TV version ...


The highlight of the show is that three generations of a family (with the number not exceeding five) take part. The programme, telecast every Sunday, enters another interesting phase this week. The stage is set for the quarterfinals and the ...

Everyone thought that the first Americans were hunters from Siberia, who came over the Bering land bridge around 14,000 years ago. But new research and discoveries are rewriting the first chapter in America’s history.Millau Bridge ...

Despite their hardships in life, Romulus (Eric Bana) and his beautiful wife, Christina (Franka Potente), struggle to raise their son, Raimond (Smit-McPhee), in 1960s Australia. As the deeply moral Romulus struggles to make up for the absence ...


Why I like... Life Is Beautiful
This movie showed that an average person can rise above travails and become superhuman. And, that greatness comes when you are unfazed by adversity. We usually tend to fail at such times, but this film was all about seeing good everywhere. The ...

Why I hate... Dus
I went for this film knowing well it was an out-and-out commercial venture. But, itmade a mockery of everything. The way the characters were portrayed was stupid.I did not understand why the movie was made at all. Why spend crores to make ...

Two men tell a tale
TN 07 AL 4777 A remake, it has been improvised to suit the taste of the Tamil audience, says director A Lakshmikanthan

Gearing up for the race
Ramana who directed Thirumalai and Aadhi with Vijay as hero, and Sullaan with Dhanush in the lead, now dons a different mantle — he turns hero with Kudhirai, produced by Kameela Nasser’s N Media ...

En Veedu 1953
Chittoor V. Nagaiah, T. R. Rajakumari, T. S. Balaiah, V. Gopalakrishnan, Vidyavathi, Girija, Chaya Devi, ‘Master’ Sudhakar and T. E. Krishnamachari

My first break -- Meenakshi
In my school and college days, I did modelling, theatre and a host of other things. I was a bright student and scored high marks in Maths and other subjects. My family wanted me to become a doctor and I appeared for the MBBS entrance ...

Grill mill
I’ve done 115 films and acted as a hero in 90. I was able to do this in four different languages. I am content with my achievements, but still have ambitions as an actor.You switched to direction and production. Was it ...

Gautham greets Rahman
Ever since A. R. Rahman won the Golden Globe for Slumdog Millionaire, congratulatory messages from fans and colleagues haven’t stopped pouring in. The latest among those to have met him and gifted him a bouquet is none ...

The Zoya factor
chatline Zoya Akhtar on her directorial debut Luck By Chance, which hits the screens on January 30

Amrita’s resolutions
Petite Amrita Rao will have two releases in the first half of 2009 — Victory with Harman Baweja will release in January-end while Shortkut, with Akshaye Khanna, is due to hit the screens in April. ...

Adult fare
Raaz — The Mystery Continues has got an ‘A’ certificate from the Censor Board. However, Mahesh Bhatt is happy because this has resulted in the reincorporation of scenes that were earlier deleted. Says the senior Bhatt: ...

Classy Abhishek
The promos of Delhi 6 have become quite the rage, what with the Matakkali song catching on big time. Sonam Kapoor has never looked hotter nor Abhishek classier. The designer of the film (Arjun Bhasin, who has worked on ...

Cine quiz
1. Sachin Khedekar played the role of this freedom fighter, whose birthday is being celebrated today, in a biopic by Shyam Benegal. Name him.
2. The movie Coraline is inspired by the novella ...

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