kandukonden - tmc
has postponed the release of his multi-starrer 'Kandukonden Kandukonden' to
April14th, the Tamil New Year Day.
Rumour mills have it that Menon showed the film before a rural audience in
Dindigul and is re-shooting the reels which have received an adverse reaction!
Mammootty is reported to be doing a negative role in the film.
Mudhalvan has been embroiled in controversies from the time it was complete
owing to its political content. Most politicians in the state have raised a hue
and cry over its portrayal of the state politics. Sadly, amidst the din of
controversies the film's special effects have gone unnoticed.
Specially, the massive traffic jam sequence in the film that has been computer
generated after shooting the scene with very few vehicles. Also the two songs
Mudalvane and Azhagana Ratchasiye have specially generated backdrops. The film
was originally written with Rajnikanth in mind but after he refused the project
it went to Arjun whose power packed performance seems to have enthralled the
Rahman's U.S offers
The news that A.R. Rahman got offers from U.S companies is old. Now
he is ready to start work on his first project for 20th Century Fox. Many
are speculating that the ace M.D may stop scoring music for Tamil movies once
he gets more offers from the west. These rumors seems to have some
substance to them since he has not accepted any new Tamil films, he is only
working on the Tamil films he accepted last year. But there are rumours
stating that Rahman may take an year off from composing any music at all.
kandukonden - ntm - 07.11 - Cinematographer
turned director Rajiv Menon's sophomore film will have a talented cast
ensemble. The movie will have Ajith, Mammooty, and Abbas heading the cast
alongside Aishwarya Rai, Tabu and Shamli (Shalini's Anjali-fame sister).
directed AVM's 50 anniversary film Minsara Kanavu, which turned out to be a
It is the
story of a 'Setti Nadu' family moving to the city. The story revolves
around the daughters finding love in the city and how this affects the family.
Mamootty appears in an important and different role. The dialogues for
the movie will be penned by Sujatha.
friend A.R Rahman, who played a part in the director landing the directing job
of Minsara Kanavu, will again score the music. The earlier reports
indicate that the music will be another hit album by A.R Rahman.
budget flick's song sequences were shot around exotic international locations
with lavish sets.
Aishwarya Rai was so excited about her character in the movie, that she has
taken an interest in the Tamil language. The former Miss World plays a
talkative character in the movie.
with shankar - it - 07.11 -
Q: How do
you like AR Rahman's music? He says that you and Manirathinam are the two
directors who bring out the best in him?
A: What I
like in Rahman is his fighting spirit and 'never say die attitude'. For example
I wanted a song with the theme "smile" and the lyrics were written
and the composing done but somehow I was not feeling very comfortable with the
Something was lacking and Rahman too felt the same. Then I got the idea of a
song with the theme "no" and this excited me so much that I was very
satisfied with what was created finally. Rahman has given a lot of folk music
for this film. We have seen to it that the music caters to people of all ages
- ntm - 07.11
Manoj is the star of Taj Mahal and son of Bharathiraja another
interesting side of Manoj is that he is also a musician. He has finished
his first album. He has sung 6 songs. The album will be released after
Taj Mahal's release. The title of his album is the same as Bharathiraja's
first movie Pathinaru Vayathinile.
changed his son's name from Manoj to ManiBharathi. He changed his name
because the name ended with the 'pulli' letter. But Manoj did not agree,
so his name stays as Manoj
- ntm - 07.11 One of the scenes of the movie Mudhalvan was shot on a
moving car in rush hour traffic. The shooting caused a traffic jam in
Annasalai for two hours. Shankar is known to hold most of his shooting in
private places away from the media so the story line of the movie stays secret.
It seems he felt this particular scene required to be shot in that particular
- ntm - 07.11 the movie's shooting started without a poojai, and is
continuing in Chennai. Mani Ratnam is trying keep his new movie out of
the media buzz which his movies are known to suffer. It is reported that
he is trying to finish the movie in a mere four months, that's a first for Mani
Ratnam. Also the movie will not have a single song, but A.R Rahman will
score the background music.
deals with two lovers who get married opposing their families. But unlike
many Tamil movies, this one deals what happens after the marriage, and how the
newly weds handle problems in their lives. There were some reports which
claimed Mohanlal and Shah Rukh Khan were to appear in guest roles, but that
rumour seems to be not true.
Shanker's penchant for using a brahmin family or the brahmin community
as a whole in his films has been seen earlier. He is back in action
again with 'Muthalvan'.
Shankar who was shooting near the Kapaleeswarar temple decided that he
would not serve non-vegetarian food to the unit since it would offend
the locality inmates. The maami's were thrilled to have hero Arjun sit
in their small houses and sip special maami cofee with them.
An action scene was filmed where a crumbling Brahmin house was blown up
and the entire Brahmin community watched the scene with awe. Apparently
they like Shankar for having portrayed a Brahmin as a toughie in the
tt 26/06 -
If any one single
person can be credited with breaking away from the norm, it would be Bharathi
Raja. With his very first film "16 Vayadhinile", he broke
from tradition by discarding the garish sets, chalky make-up and gross
over-acting that was typical of Tamil cinema. He shot his film in
natural rural surroundings, discarding the dubious luxury of having a
cardboard set erected. The film went on to become a mega success - and
the course of Tamil cinema had changed forever.
True to form,
Bharathi Raja is once again all set to create a sensation on the silver
screen with his newest film, a tribute to youthful, tender love -
appropriately titled Taj Maghal.
For Taj Maghal - a
delicate love story, Bharathi Raja brings together the talents of some
of the best names in the industry. Mani Ratnam for the story and
dialogues, Madhu Ambat and Vairamuthu for lyrics and A.R.
Rahman for music. Could one ask for a better team?
And as if to do
complete justice to his film, the cast too has all new faces. In the
lead is his son Manoj with Riya Sen who comes from a legendary
film family. Yes, you guessed it - she's Suchitra Sen's
grandaughter and Moon Moon's daughter. This is a first film for both
youngsters and they couldn't have asked for a better banner to launch
Scheduled for a Pongal
release, Taj Maghal is being filmed at spectacular locations such as
Kulu Manali, Badhami, Hampi, Bellari and Poomparai. And with Bharathi
Raja himself at the helm directing the film - we can safely expect
another trend setter.
at the muhurat of Udaya, Natarajan said it was a long-cherished
dream to produce a film with Vijay. About Seshan's debut as an actor,
said he was reluctant to take it up, unless it was a full-length role
he had something important to do in the film. After hearing the story,
readily agreed to do it. "No, he is not the villain, nor the father
hero or heroine," said Natarajan.
Perumal, like his guru Mani Ratnam, seems to prefer to speak in
All he would say about the film was that it deals with an ordinary youth
who becomes a journalist, and faces problems that every youth
Seshan plays the editor of the journal, and Simran plays Vijay's
"To act in a film with music by Rahman is a dream come true,"
Incidentally, Rahman also scored the music for Natarajan's Sangamam and
Udaya has cinematography by Ravi K Chandran, editing by Suresh Urs,
by Suresh Urs and lyrics by Vairamuthu.
by tmo -
Rhythm, directed by
Vasanth who made hits like Keladi Kanmani, Nee Paadhi Naan Paadhi,
Aasai, and the recent Nerukku Ner (the last two films for Mani Ratnam's
Madras Talkies banner) stars Arjun (Gentleman) and Meena. Vasanth, who
is a movie buff, has even named his second son Ritwik after the
legendary director, Ritwik Ghatak. Vasanth's wife is cinematographer
Jeeva's sister. Music for Rhythm has been scored by A R Rahman, their
first time together, and the buzz is that it is a brilliant score.
Supposedly, it was
Rahman who came up with the title of the film as well, figures, given
that ARR is known for his complex rhythm structures. Does that signal a
musical? We'll know, come the Festival of Lights.
of kadhalar dhinam - Kathir
is a die-hard romantic. He is also a die-hard Net buff. And together,
those two facets of his personality explain his latest directorial
outing, Kaadhalar Dinam (Lover's Day), starring Pune-based debutant
Kunal opposite Bollywood belle Sonali Bendre.
It is, on the surface, a thrice-told tale
-- young boy meets young girl, young boy flips for young girl, young
girl ditto for young boy... The catch being, this time the meeting takes
place on the Internet.
Kathir is an inveterate surfer, the
cybercafes of Madras and Bangalore being a favourite haunt. And the
social chat rooms on the Web are a firm favourite. "When I logged
in to those chats, I noticed that most of what goes on is romantic in
nature, and that is what sparked off the idea for this film," he
says. The Net, of course, forms only a quarter of the story -- the rest
happens in real time.
Interestingly, the Net also provides
Kathir his best bet for finding stars. Kunal,
apparently, had come to Bangalore for an interview to join, of all
things, the army when Kathir saw him outside the Bangalore cybercafe,
and approached him with the offer of this film. Given the name of Kathir
himself in the directorial credits, and that of A M Rathnam
(producer of mega-budget hits like Indian), it was little wonder Kunal
grabbed at the chance.
"Simple, this time round I wanted someone young and trendy; we are
talking the age of the Internet here. I needed someone who suited that
ambience, that kind of storyline, so I thought of Sonali.
"Besides," says Kathir, "these days, the trend is for
films, especially the big budget ones, being bi- or multi-lingual, so it
helps to have a face that is widely known outside the boundaries of your
Kathir has assembled an 'A' team, with P
C Sriram handling cinematography, A R Rahman
providing the music, and Thota Tharani handling art
cg 12/06 - Director
Manirathnam is busy again with his next venture "Allai
Paayude", a name that figuratively refers to vacillating mind.
This one is supposed to be a quickie from Mani, with its story written
by the director himself. The movie too has Aravinda Swamy the
choicest actor of Manirathnam, but he is not the main hero. Newcomer Madavan
plays its lead role with Shalini as its heroine.
seasoned actress Kushboo should be happy about her role opposite
Aravanda Swamy in "Allai Paayude", because it was her desire
that she should act opposite Aravinda Swamy. Besides she also wanted to
act in a movie directed by Manirathnam. Now with "Allai
Paayude" both the wishes of Kushboo have come true.
Lal and Sharuk Khan are also expected appear in guest roles for the
movie. A.R. Rahman is responsible for the background music of
"Allai Paayude", which incidentally does not have a single
movies with love story depict how the lovers would overcome adversities
from various quarters and emerge successful with their marriage in the
end. However what happens to these couples after their marriage? Are
they successful in their married life or not? These are the kind of
questions that are seldom answered in all those movies. But with
"Allai Paayude" Mani plans to analyze this unexplored aspect
of lovers after their marriage.
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