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Lived life Khan size
Feroz Khan strode the silver screen like a colossus, making movies on a jaw-dropping scale. Mini Anthikad-Chhibber remembers the actor-director who passed away recently
Whiff of realism -- Kunguma Poovum Konjum Puraavum
Capital Film Works’ products have begun to create much expectation among the movie-going public thanks to its path-breaking offering, ‘Chennai – 600028.’ So it is but natural that ‘Kunguma Poovum Konjum ...
Cross over for crime -- Meipporul
Storyline: A journalist witnesses a kidnap and informs the police. At the same time her husband, a doctor, forges friendship with a man empowered with ESP … Bottomline: Studied steps on a fast track ...
Contrived ‘fun’ track -- Guru En Aalu
Storyline: The hero is ambitious and so is his girl friend. Both try to take advantage of a wealthy man’s weakness …Bottomline: They could have stuck to the original. Let’s begin with the ...
The pattern continues -- Mariyaadhai
Storyline: The bonding between an understanding father and a son which remains steadfast despite odds.Bottomline: Another Vikraman fare for the family.The Vijayakanth-Vikraman duo that gave the super hit family drama ...
More frills, less substance -- Confessions of a Shopaholic
Storyline: A compulsive shopper learns the error of her ways in the gentlest manner possible.Bottomline: Formidable talent goes waste in this shallow confection.All of us know timing is everything in comedy. ...
Picture perfect -- The International
Storyline: Troubled Interpol agent and an assistant district attorney are on the heels of a bank doing all manner of shady deals Bottomline: Creative action, glorious locales, steely Owen, fragile Watts and a plot after every ...
On a comeback trail
S. J. Suryaa returns to the silver screen with Newtonin Moondram Vidhi
What was it like to get maestro Ilaiyaraja to act for a song in the upcoming film Azhagar Malai? Ask director S. P. Rajkumar
May Day Special
The next film in the Russian film series is ‘Pokrovsky Gates’. A 1982 comedy directed by Mikhail Kozakov, it stars Oleg Menshikov, Leonid Bronevoy and Inna Ulyanova. The title refers to a square on Moscow’s Boulevard Ring ...
The film is about a crew embarking on a life-or-death assignment. It is the year 2057, the Sun is dying and mankind faces extinction. Earth’s last hope lies with the Icarus II, a spacecraft with an eight-person crew led by Captain Kaneda ...
It is not often that passion and profession find a meeting point. It has happened in the case of Charan, who played a pivotal role in the film, Mudhal Mudhal Varai (M3V), which won the Best Film award at the recent New York ...
Suriya’s 25th film will be Singam and Hari will helm it! The announcement has been eagerly awaited especially since Aadhavan, Suriya’s current project with director K.S. Ravikumar, is well under ...
HOT FROM HOLLYWOOD
Worry and nerves are the only way that Drew Barrymore will lose weight. When the Charlie’s Angel was filming scenes for her role as little Edi Bouvier Beale in Grey Gardens, she was so stressed about doing a good job she didn’t eat ...
Nearly naked truth
Lady Gaga is living in fear that photos from her past will come back to haunt her. Extrovert dresser and sassy pop star Gaga maintains she hasn’t worn trousers for years because she finds it liberating — but her outfits used to be ...
Appearances can be deceiving, and Heroes star Ali Larter knows it from her recent experience of working with R‘n’B queen Beyonce. Ali says she never expected the normally mild-mannered queen Bey to throw a punch as ...
Wedding bells for McConaughey?
Surfer dude Matthew McConaughey has always been a free spirit but he’s let slip that he might tie the knot with his baby mama Camilla Alves — just not right now. “Am I getting married in the future? Not today. Honestly, not ...
Big day just got bigger
Bride-to-be Amy Adams always had dreams of eloping — until she saw her dream wedding dress. Oscar nominee Amy — who is engaged to long-term boyfriend Darren Le Gallo — says the big white gown made her change her plans for a ...
The much-awaited Chikku Bukku by Media One Global, starring Arya, Preetika and Shriya Saran, is on schedule. Preetika, who has finished almost 35 days of her 45-day shoot, is all praise for the team’s efforts. Though she ...
Director Saran’s Modhi Vilayadu introduces the well-known Colonial Cousins — Hariharan and Leslie Lewis — as music directors. Hariharan, already an established playback singer in Tamil and ghazal artiste, and ...
Cheran’s entry into Tamil cinema was in 1997 with Bharathi Kannamma. With his ninth film, Pokkisham, releasing on May 8, Cheran explores the theme of love and cherished memories. “Love is such a ...
2. Which 1965 WW II adventure, starring Frank Sinatra and TrevorHoward, was based on David Westheimer novel of the same name? 3. Nino Frank, the Italian-born French film critic, is credited with coining which famous term to describe certain ...
BLAST FROM THE PAST
Sri Murugan 1946
On a festival day in 1944, M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar, the first superstar of South Indian cinema, released a colour ad on the front page of The Hindu. (During that period, The Hindu carried ads in ...
My first break -- Ashok Kumar
I’m from Tiruvaiyaru, but grew up in Mumbai. At the age of four, I began taking Bharatanatyam lessons. I won the Nrithyamayoor (Dancing Peacock) Award from the Government of Maharashtra. I learnt Western Contemporary Jazz Ballet, and did ...
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