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Keys and creativity
James Vasanthan’s success score continues with Yaadhumaagi and Naanayam. t. krithika reddy catches the vibes
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Wafer-thin plot, weak screenplay
The story of Saa Boo Thiri can be summed up in a line. It is about three friends and their love lives. It is easy to work on a sketchy outline like this but a mammoth task to flesh it out into a good screenplay. Since the ...

Labour lost
Hmmm … another potent theme goes limp, thanks to inept treatment and puerile dialogue. Not that the line is anything new. But writer-director M. Prabhu could have added vim and vigour to the narrative, and the youthful cast could have been ...

That Nineties Show
If Farah’s Om Shanti Om was an ode to people behind the scenes of Indian cinema, with Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, Rajkumar Santoshi pays tribute to the spirited, zany characters that inhabit those ...

Class-crass combo
A fresh tale of friendship between a group of young men and a woman made waves for its classy treatment and dignified performances in the early 1980s. Suhasini, its heroine, Vaagai Chandrasekar, the protagonist, and the director duo of Robert and ...


The big crash
Quite a few of this year’s big releases have not lived up to the hype. As films continue to collapse at the box office, harshikaa udasi examines why

Talent bides its time
M.S. Bhaskar, for whom recognition may have been delayed but not denied

And life goes on…
It’s no big deal, says Soha Ali Khan about the onscreen peck she shared with serial kisser Emraan Hashmi in Tum Mile

Still an owl
Despite countless early mornings and sleepless nights thanks to her baby boy, Christina Aguilera still insists she is a real owl. “When the sun goes down my whole body starts to come alive, although I am a little different now because of ...

I love a normal Joe
Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson has a habit of dating rock stars and bad boys, but she may finally have found happiness with a normal guy. Pammie met her new man in her local town and now she is head over heels in love with him. “I met him ...

Just for fun?
Brit funnyman Russell Brand is smitten by pop star Katy Perry but the last laugh may be on Russell if she pulls the same stunt she did on her ex. The I Kissed a Girl songstress drove to Vegas with an old boyfriend and pretended to walk down the ...

Style check
Brit beauty Kate Beckinsale can’t change her style or look without her daughter’s approval. “My daughter gets upset if I do anything different with how I look,” says the Underworld star. “If I ...

Bartering doesn’t work
Even though Nancy Cartwright has been the voice of Bart Simpson for 20 years now, it still doesn’t help her get any special treatment when she goes out. “Not much. When I do it people don’t believe it’s me.” But ...


Cinema Paradiso, a segment in Good Morning Tamizha, will discuss this film by Roberto Benigni, Italian director-actor. The 1997 tragicomedy is about an Italian Jew who tries to protect his son during his internment at a Nazi concentration ...

For the climber, the canyon’s sheer walls represent a particular challenge. For the boatman, surviving its river is a gift. For geologists, the canyon and the Colorado river are a view into the formation of the earth. This is the story ...

Children’s Day with Manmohan Singh
Did Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh ever bunk school? What was the most mischievous thing he did during his school days? Questions such as these will be answered directly by Dr. Manmohan Singh on IBN7 on the occasion of Children’s Day. ...

For kids
November 14 begins with ‘Kids Killadies’, a three-hour non-stop entertainment show at 11 a.m. in which the junior participants from other shows such as ‘Kalakapovadhu Yaaru’, ‘Jodi No.1’ and ‘Super ...

Saturday special
Spice up this Saturday with a line-up of shows on Chennai Live 104.8 FM. Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. tomorrow, catch Jane in conversation with travel writer, journalist, historian and storyteller William Dalrymple, whose book “Nine Lives: ...


Thaai Magalukku Kattiya Thaali 1959
M. G. Ramachandran, P. Kannamba, Jamuna, Raja Sulochana, M. G. Chakrapani, D. Balasubramaniam, K. A. Thangavelu, E. R. Sahadevan, V. Gopalakrishnan, ‘Kaka’ Radhakrishnan and O. A. K. Thevar

My first break - Nandhini JS
I passed out of the Chennai film institute, where I did a course in direction, with a gold medal. My film Ottam won two State awards — for editing and direction. After that I worked as an associate of director Priya V. ...

Grill mill
I am an unattached member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly. I have yet to decide on joining a party and may wait till the forthcoming Assembly election. This is mainly because I do not want the exchequer to waste money on a by-election ...

Cine quiz
1. Which Corleones did James Caan and Simonetta Stefanelli play in The Godfather? 2. If James Bond is 007, then who is 006? 3. Which work of English novelist ...

Cine quip
My theory is that if you look confident you can pull off anything — even if you have no clue what you’re doing Jessica Alba ...

Magic touch
Although Shantanoo made his debut in 2008 with Sakkarakatti, Siddhu +2 being made by his dad, director K. Bhagyaraj, is expected to catapult him to stardom. The film is targeted at the youth. Says ...

‘Ready’ made hit
Ready, a hit in Telugu, is being remade in Tamil with Dhanush and Genelia (she did the Telugu version, too) in the lead. Directed by Jawahar, the producers will spare no efforts to make the Tamil version a super success. This director-hero combo ...

Strength in love
“Here’s a love story sans the usual fight scenes between the hero and the villain. But, there are turbulent love scenes,” says director Remoo Shiva. Kalloori Kalangal has campus love scenes in abundance, ...

New innings
Director Shakti, fresh from his internship under Mysskin and Venkat Prabhu, has just completed his debut directorial venture Naanayam. It is intended to be a regular formula film with Prasanna as the hero and Sibiraj as the ...

Director’s act
Is there a shortage of good actors or are the directors yearning for screen space? V. Gouthaman and Seeman are hamming it in Magizhchi, directed by the former. Another film, Yogi, has Ameer sharing screen ...


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