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Sunshine girl
After making a mark playing fractured characters, Kangna Ranaut is looking at the brighter side of life in her next few films, writes harshikaa udasi
Cinema

Stale saga of revenge
A debut director would like to have all the good things in his first film so that it clicks at the box office. But he must know how to use them in the right measure. This is where the director of Angel Film International Thambi Arjuna has ...


Comedy of errors
A ctually it's tough to understand the route Thillalangadi (U) takes, and the screenplay and direction don't improve matters. By the time you realise that behind the comic façade lies a tale of a serious do-gooder you lose patience. Is it ...

Bumpy ride full of plot-holes
While one must commend Priyadarshan for making movies with unflagging zest and assembly-line engineering, especially with the best of actors and technicians in the business, there's little else about his remakes that merit ...

Salt shakes the pepper
The role of Salt was offered to Tom Cruise who refused it because it was too close to his Ethan Hunt from the Mission Impossible films. Around the same time, Angelina Jolie expressed a desire to play the suave super spy James Bond. In the happy ...

Hope Soars
Debut-making director Badri Venkatesh talks about his upcoming release Baana Kaathadi.

The dawn after Twilight
Actor Taylor Lautner gives an update on today's release Eclipse, the latest film in the successful Twilight saga

Happy Days are here again
interview Cinematographer-turned-director Guhan is excited about the offbeat audio release of Inidhu Inidhu


Telewatch

Air supply
Who from Madhu Balakrishnan's Thanjai Thalapathigal is capable of facing Mathangi, the team captain of Kovai Killadigal? Watch the show this week for yet another tough fight. Anupama's Nellai Suravali is at its innovative best with a unique ...


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Cine quip
There are some movies that I would like to forget, for the rest of my life. But even those movies teach me thingsAntonio ...

Cine quiz
V.V. RAMANAN

Itsy-bitsy
Cinematographer-turned-director M. Nagendra Kumar has brought together a talented trio — Suhasini Mani Ratnam, Archana and Sivaji Rao — for his forthcoming Ullamellam Thalladuthey. Says Nagendra: “I've attempted to tackle a ...

Grill mill
In today's cinema, when heroines are not being offered significant roles, how can you expect us to play powerful roles? I am lucky to do some good ones in films such as Goa, where director Venkat Prabhu has worked the screenplay to make my ...

My first break - Krishna
Becoming an actor was always a dream. I did a three-month course in acting from AAFT (Asian Academy for Film and Television) NOIDA. That was where I first faced the camera. I came to Chennai a few years ago to pursue my dream. Of the few ...


BLAST FROM THE PAST
Bhaktha Naradar 1942
Ranjan, ‘Kumari' Rukmini, ‘Baby' Jaya, Kothamangalam Subbu, T. E. Krishnamachari, Kothamangalam Seenu, L. Narayana Rao, M.S. Vijayal, T.N. Meenakshi, S. R. Vijaya, M. S. Sundari Bai, M. V. Mani, Kumari and Murali.


HOT FROM HOLLYWOOD
Dredd-ful
Star Trek hunk Karl Urban has taken a swing at Rocky star Sylvester Stallone with his plans for a new Judge Dredd movie. Sly angered comic book fans by unmasking the futuristic lawman in his panned 1995 Judge Dredd movie. Now Karl is promising ...

Fuss over Dreyfuss
Bruce Willis is known for his Die Hard image, but he turns into a big softie when meeting his screen heroes. The 55-year-old star has told how he and the rest of the cast and crew on the action movie Red almost couldn't cope when screen legend ...

Running from Randy
Sylvester Stallone has told how he and his action hero pals were left quaking in their boots by cage fighter Randy Couture while making The Expendables. The Rambo star teams up with Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Jet Li and wrestler Steve Austin ...

Brian has to wait
Megan Fox is set to follow up her marriage with a baby — but not yet. The 24-year-old Transformers beauty has told actor husband Brian Austin Green that she wants to start a family as soon as she hits 30. “Megan is excited about ...

Chatterbox
Angelina Jolie has confessed she could never be a spy in real life, because she's just too quick to spill the beans on anything and everything to her man. The sexy actor plays a CIA agent in the new movie Salt but says that's as far as her ...


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