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Friday, February 19, 2010
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A game too lengthy -- Theeradha Vilaiyaattu Pillai
With action and romance having let him down badly in the recent past, the hero sports the humour hat in Theeradha Vilaiyaattu Pillai (U). The ploy works in his favour for almost three fourths of the film. But the story and screenplay meander ...
The Wolfman wins
What happens when two Oscar winners and a bunch of A-listers get together for a creature feature? You have a movie with excellent production values and hamming of the highest order. The Wolfmanhas one Oscar winner, Anthony Hopkins, who snarls ...
Khan do no wrong -- My name is Khan
“My name is Khan. Rizwan Khan. My Mama always told me: There are only two kinds of people. Good people who do good things and bad people who do bad things.”If Forrest Gump's Mama prepared him for the surprises life will have ...
The doctor is in!
issue Bollywood is engaging audiences with rare illnesses, but is it a healthy trend, asks anuj kumar
Dreams live on…
Hema Malini on turning producer and juggling roles
Star of Arabia
Legendary actor Omar Sharif on his roles and Hollywood — now and then
Coming from India's burgeoning middle class, Shah Rukh Khan's meteoric success in Bollywood as an outsider makes him the poster-boy of our times. Discovery Channel's special one-hour programme, ‘Revealed – Shah Rukh Khan,' today ...
A haunting call echoes across the Liuwa Plain. There is no answer, there hasn't been for years. She has no pride, support — she must safeguard her own survival. Her name is Lady Liuwa, and she is the last lioness. Isolated by a scourge ...
The story revolves around clothing designer Mary Haines, who lives in a beautiful country home with her wealthy financier husband and their 11-year-old daughter. Her best friend Sylvie Fowler is the editor of a prominent fashion magazine, a ...
This programme is back in a new time slot. The spotlight is on child prodigies — a youngster who knows the Tirukkural back to back, and a skating champ who performs Bharatanatyam on his roller skates.Natchathirangalin Aalayamum ...
Sultry Neetu Chandra's latest outing Rann was her first film with legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan and director Ram Gopal Verma. Ever ready to shock, Neetu states firmly: “It is not great to work with Amitabh Bachchan and Ramu. You've ...
In conversation Serious, philosophical and cheerful at once, Srikanth opens up on his career choices to malathi rangarajan
What's in a role?
From Pacchaikkili Muthucharam to Aayirathil Oruvan, Andrea Jeremiah has evolved to doing roles close to her heart. “But,” says Andrea, “both characters I've played are very unlike the real me. I am still searching for that ...
Mom's the word
A ctor Jayachitra, a veteran of over 200 films, produces and directs her son Amaresh Ganesh, who debuts with Naane Ennul Illai. Amaresh has also scored the music for the film, written two songs and even rendered one! This is probably the first ...
A friendship turned sour
Realism seems to be making a comeback in Tamil cinema. Take, for instance, Ilakkana Pizhai — a film about an auto driver who falls in love with his best friend's wife. How this illicit love affair affects his friendship and relationship ...
Second time lucky?
A fter Vallamai Tharayo, which marked her entry into mainstream Tamil cinema, director Madhumita is waiting for the release of Kola Kolaya Mundirikka. Her debut film as director got mixed reactions. While it won the Best Family Film award from ...
HOT FROM HOLLYWOOD
All set for a holiday
If Sandra Bullock wins the Best Actress Oscar she may treat herself and her husband to a dream holiday watching television. The Blind Side star has been so busy with work she says she and hubby Jesse James haven't had any time to head off on ...
J-Lo wants a bigger family
Yummy mummy Jennifer Lopez loves parenthood so much she can't wait to add to her brood. But J-Lo is not planning on a brother or sister for her twins Max and Emme any time soon as she knows you can't necessarily plan these things. “I ...
Too old for Valentine's Day?
Hollywood veteran Shirley MacLaine has been left wondering whether bosses on her latest movie are ageist. The 75-year-old Oscar-winner is conspicuous by her absence on the poster for ensemble movie Valentine's Day in which she stars with Julia ...
Scared of the catwalk
For such an extrovert it's surprising that Gwen Stefani would get scared about going on stage. Gwen says she has never been so nervous about going out in front of an audience as she was during one of her L.A.M.B. fashion shows at the New York ...
R obert Pattinson is sending his massive female fanbase into a frenzy by claiming his latest movie echoes his own coming-of-age story. The 23-year-old Twilight hunk ditches his vampire teeth to play a troubled lover in the romantic drama, ...
BLAST FROM THE PAST
P. U. Chinnappa, P. B. Rangachari, M. V. Rajamma, C. S. Shamanna, C. S. M. Sulochana, T. S. Krishnaveni, M.S. Subramania Bhagavathar, M. S. Babu, K. S. Harihara Iyer, S. C. Gomathi Bai and M. L. Rajambal
1. Disney's upcoming film Tangled is a retelling of which classic fairy tale?2. Which film recently smashed all previous international box office records to record the highest-ever opening for a Hindi film worldwide?3. Name the ...
My First break -- Sana Khan
I am basically a dancer and wanted to work in films. I have acted in more than 50 ad films. Silambarasan came to Mumbai looking for a fresh face for his film Silambattam. There he saw me and selected me. After a make-up test, I became the ...
You've given super hit comedies such as Kaadhalikka Neeramillai, Galatta Kalyanam and Kasethan Kadavulada. But why have you not handled sentimental subjects?Of course, I've scripted sentimental stories such as Moondru Deivangal and ...
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