Kuruvi hits silver screens from May 1st

Vijay’s Kuruvi, which is already making the right noise in Kollywood, is again in the news. For the movie is all set to hit screens on 1 May, the birthday of the actor’s closest competitor Ajit.

Director Dharani, Vijay, Trisha and music composer Vidyasagar, who came together to create a magic with Ghilli are back again for Kuruvi, the production venture of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi’s grandson Udayanidhi Stalin.

The audio release of the film will be held today in Chennai. Speaking about the movie, Dharani said Kuruvi was an all-out action- adventure laced with romance and family sentiment.

I have written the script keeping Vijay’s image in mind’. Meanwhile, news is that Kuruvi has become the hottest film in the trade. The Kerala theatrical rights were sold for Rs 1.50 crore. The latest is that Karnataka rights have gone in for a record Rs 1.20 crore.

YDM review

Remakes seem to be rocking in recent times and here comes the brother duo Selvaraghavan-Dhanush joining the list. Aadavari Maathladu Arthalae Vaeru starring Venkatesh, Trisha and Srikanth was a great blockbuster in Tollywood and now we have a great fiesta for B and C centres. The first thing we just wanted to tell us is that we have a great doubt why he some sort of annoyance towards father roles. Most of his films has the protagonist scolding his father and later transforming with his character. Let's leave it and that's nothing to do with this review…

The film opens with two unemployed youngsters Dhanush and Karunaas roaming around the city admiring the buddies cheering out for their offices. Dhanush is no one but an ordinary youngster who is in search of a job with low profiled qualification. Sooner, he gets employed in a software company where he falls in love with a higher official played by Nayanthara. It's an one side love and Nayanthara has no concern for him. Raghuvaran playing Dhanush's father role differ in attributes of various aspects and there is always a tiff happening between these two. Getting to know that his son is in love with a girl, he approaches her and has his hopes dashed as Nayan insults him. Unable to bear the mental affliction make his soul depart from the world and this is sure to melt your hearts…

Now family members of Nayanthara have arranged for her nuptials with Karthik and they are of orthodox class. With arrangements going for the marriage, Nayanthara loses her heart for Dhanush and family members are unaware about this. Right a day before marriage, Nayan's grandfather has things revealed and has plans to get Dhanush and Nayanthara united…. But things are now different when Dhanush has to decide whether to join hands with her and this forms the crux of the story.

Speaking about the directorial approach of Jawahar, he marks a good start with his venture and has defined characters well. Be it the father role played by Raghuvaran or a son of normal character, it has been presented with the expected levels. Nayanthara, who was earlier seen in only glamorous roles, has something different to perform here. Emoting well to different situations, she wins the accolades for her stunning realistic acting.

Raghuvaran remains cherished in her minds even after getting out of theatres and that's of his characterization and funeral rites gets us to the real feel of loosing such a great actor.

Main highlight of the film is the way that Jawahar has portrayed the lifestyle of Brahmins who are of an orthodox family. Adding to the humor part, its not just with a comedian's show, but majority of the star casts taking care of it. However, Karunaas steals the show and his combo with Dhanush makes it great as much as in previous flicks…

Getting on with technical aspects, Yuvan Shankar Raja has his best for the songs and background scoring enhancing the visual feel. Especially, in terms of background scoring, he has delivered the best part and couple of songs makes you hum to the tune…

Selvaraghavan's dialogues as in previous movies are focused for B and C centres and it would be nice if he makes some corrections while penning dialogues. So that audiences of A centre will have a great likeliness for the lines…

So, Yaaradi Nee Mohini is a good movie that you can enjoy watching to kill your time…

Tamil film and superstar suffers a big blow

The Akhila Karnataka Gadi Horata Samithi (AKGHS) has said that it won't allow superstar Rajinikant to 'step into the state' or his films to be screened until he offers a public apology for remarks on Karnataka and Kannadigas!

The firebrand president of AKGHS Vatal Nagaraj said: "Rajinikant insulted Kannadigas in his speech in Chennai. Until he offers a public apology to Kannadigas, we will not allow him into the state. We will also not allow his films to be screened. All Kannada organizations are with us." This clearly means that his forthcoming Kuselan cannot be screened in Karnataka.

Meanwhile Tamil film producers and stars are worried that they will lose the lucrative Karnataka market worth Rs 1 to Rs 2.5 crore per big film. The summer biggies and films due in the next four months like Vijay's Kuruvi, Kamal Hassan's Dasavatharam, Vikram's Kanthasamy, Ajit's Aegan, and above all Rajinikanth's Kuselan will not find takers in Karnataka. Already the Karnataka distributor of Dhanush's Yaaradi Nee Mohini has refused to take delivery of the prints, causing a loss of Rs 25 lakhs to the producer Kastoori Raja

Wedding bells may come soon in Superstars house

Recently we published a news about Rajini and Latha Rajini searching alliance for their younger daughter Soundarya.

Soundarya was refusing for the marriage for now and was also told in the news.

The latest news reaching us is really shocking us, as like her elder, she is also fallen in love with a boy named Varun.

Varun is son of a leading road contractor and is very responsible in supporting his dad in his business. Varun is also highly educated from reputed institutes.

While Danush bought BMW car, it was this Varun, who gave guarantee for him.

Rajini was approached by Varun's family and they formally asked the girl for their son.

As of now both Varun and Soundarya are busy discussing in high end business places!!!

Simbhu is not important : Dhanush

Dhanush’s Yaaradi Nee Mohini will hit the theatres this Friday and while talking about the film which is a remake of Telugu blockbuster Aadavari Maatalaku Ardhale Verule directed by his brother Selvaraghavan, Dhanush comes across as a very satisfied man. He says, “YNM is a romantic comedy where I have donned on a simple boy-next-door role. Nayanthara’s character also will be liked by everyone.” Answering to a query on his next film, Dhanush says that it will be under the direction of Suraaj produced by Vijaya Vani Productions. The name of the film would be Padikkadavan and the heroine is yet to be finalized.

Reacting to recent news in the media that Prabhu Deva has plans to do a film with Dhanush and Silambarasan, the lean actor reveals, “If I like the script, I don’t mind acting with not only Silambarasan but with anyone. But as of now, I have enough projects in hand and have not thought about teaming up with Prabhu Deva”.

Padikathavan stopped as of now

The start of Dhanush’s new film Padikadhavan has been inauspicious. The film has run into a ban by the Film Employees Federation of South India (FEFSI) on the first day of its shooting. The problem was Dhanush’s dates. The ban was imposed on the film by FEFSI upon receiving a complaint from the Gemini Labs banner. The production house claims that Dhanush had agreed to do a film for them immediately after Yaaradi Nee Mohini. However, the actor has dishonored the commitment and started work on Padikadhavan.

The shooting of the movie has been temporarily stalled till the issue is resolved. We do not know the truth of the matter, but whatever it is, the shooting of a movie being held up is not a solution to anybody’s problem. Hope matters are settled soon.

Yaaradi Nee Mohini Review

Yaaradi Nee Moghini is smartly packaged with everything inevitable in a Dhanush movie. With subdued emotions that hardly ever go overboard and in your face humor, director A. Jawahar gets everything almost right. Dhanush is a happy go lucky guy desperately in search of a job despite his bare minimum qualifications. One of those job-search episodes makes him catch a glimpse of Nayan who works for a software company. Dhanush falls instantly in love at first sight and luck favours him to secure a job in the same company, much to his delight, in Nayantara's team.

While Dhanush nurtures his love for Nayantara secretly, she turns a blind eye considering his lack of education and proper upbringing. And when he reveals his feelings, Nayantara turns him down, further humiliating his father Raghuvaran, leading to death. Although secretly in love with Dhanush, Nayantara, considering her orthodox Brahmin Iyengar background, decides to be married to Karthik instead. The wedding has already been planned by her parents. However, in the end, she expresses her love to Dhanush the night before the wedding. Now it is for Dhanush to decide whether to accept the love that cost him so dearly or to turn his back and pretend to lead a normal life.

Dhanush has immense scope in a role that is tailor-made for him and he pulls it off with consummate ease. Be it as a distraught jobless youngster or a love struck man craving for the impassive dream girl, the job couldn’t have fit anyone else this well. Nayantara dispels her bombshell act and proves that she can more than just that. She breaks into tears when needed, shows vicious contempt when rubbed the wrong way in the name of love, and looks endearing in songs.

Raghuvaran performance deserves a standing ovation and is a proof of how magnificent an actor he was. Ironically, there are scenes in the movie that has Dhanush perform Raghuvaran last rituals that will reduce a viewer to tears.

The humor goes with the flow, and scenes like the whole family of a dozen’s trip to the textile shop in a single vehicle is sure to bring the house down. Karunas establishes that Dhanush brings the best out of him yet again.

Director Jawahar has neatly framed the movie with less melodrama that is surprisingly tad unusual for a movie that focuses on a love story of a girl hailing from an orthodox family. Yuvan’s re-recording breathes life into the movie. So do the songs. Three of them linger long after you have left the theatre. Special mention must be made of the item number performed by a Ragasiya in the train that averts folks from sneaking out of the halls for a smoke. Hats off to the cinematographer who has captured Australia’s vibrant landscape breathtakingly but the director could have explored more beauty of that lovely country. Bhaskar’s editing helps keep up the pace of the movie.

If you do not mind the usage of crude language, especially between a father and a son, and the dialogues in general that seem a little bent towards a B and C center audience, you are in for a total treat in the Dhanush brand style.

Rating can be 4/10

Prithvi joins the rumours

We all know that there is the cop story Sathyam with Vishal and Nayanthara in the lead in the verge of completion. But don't be surprised if you stumbled upon another Sathyam with Prithviraj and Priya Mani in the lead released in theatres this weekend. This Vinayan directed Malayalam film, released years ago, is now dubbed and released in Tamil in an effort to cash

Sathya in on the popularity Prithviraj and Priya Mani enjoy in Tamil cinema. Interestingly, this Sathyam, again a cop story, was received with reasonable reviews from the critics and met with decent response at the box-office in the year 2004. Prithviraj plays the stiff police officer Sanjeev Kumar while Priya Mani plays his love interest who, incidentally, is a news presenter.

Well, we just heard from an inside birdie that Vishal and Nayan play a cop and a news presenter respectively too. Great minds think alike

Vedhika opens

From Muni to Kaalai to Malaikottai, Vedhika has come up a long way. And in most of her films she was portrayed as a simpleton, a comedienne of sort. While many actresses could have been apprehensive about accepting stereotypic roles Vedhika seems to have no qualms over it. Justifying her stance in accepting the roles, she

Vedhika said that each role is different from the other. While in Muni it was a sort of a naive character, in Kaalai it was lovable role.

She also pointed out that in her current venture Sakkarakatti with Santanu, she plays a romantic heroine. Vedhika has already another offer from director Bhoopathy Pandian for the film titled Naanum En Sandhyavum. This film will, incidentally, be the launchpad for the director’s sibling Arjun Prabhu. It is also worthwhile to note that Bhoopathy Pandian is famous for directing comedy flicks. So, do we get to see Vedhika in yet another comedy role

Ajith back to normal

Ajith is no longer the beard-bearing angry young man made popular by the promo stills of his latest venture Aegan. Having filmed scenes that required his rugged look, Ajith is back to his own self, as reported by us earlier. He was also spotted clean shaven devoid any facial hair in AVM Studios for Aegan's shoots recently where song sequences with him and

Nayan were canned. The song, interestingly, uses a cat's mew in the background. Navdeep, who was recently roped in for the venture will play Ajith's brother. Hunt was on for his lead lady and last heard the director has nodded consent for the Mumbai model Priya.

Directed by Raju Sundaram, Aegan's star cast also includes Suhasini, Nassar, and Jayaram. Scored by Yuvan Shankar Raja and produced by Ayngaran International, Aegan is expected to hit the screens on August 15, Indian Independence Day.

Shankar's Next projects

While director Shankar is busy with the groundwork of the mammoth sci-fi adventure Robot, producer Shankar has recently sealed the deal for two subsequent production ventures. With the Simbudevan directed Arai En 305il Kadavul releasing this month amidst expectations, Shankar and his S pictures are gearing up for next projects.

Titled Rettaishuzhi, one of the movies will be directed by Thamira, who wrote dialogues for the Balachander directed Poi. Rettaishuzhi reportedly focuses on the children movie genre. Eeram is directed by Shankar's assistant Arivazhagan and will star Aadhi and Nanda in the lead. Sindhu Menon, who was also seen in Kadal Pookkal and Samuthiram, will play the female lead.

I should be known for acting

Trisha is happy receiving awards in Telugu. The only eager that is upsetting her heart is that no Tamil cinema is getting her any award or appreciation but media here is labeling her as glamour doll.

She is expecting a lot from Abiyum Naanum, in which she herself claims that she has shown up all her talents (Don't mistook immediately, she is talking only about her acting talents). She feels this movie will get her several awards and make people identify her as these years Revathi or Urvasi.

A new challenge to Lollu King

Sathyaraj, who used to project himself as atheist was came under attack by Hindu fundamentalist Ramagopalan.

Sathyaraj was speaking a lot about for the cause of Tamils, and used to praise Lord Murugan, while speaking in public meeting. At they same time he used to speak abuse about other Hindu gods.

Upset over the speeches of Sathyaraj, Ramagopalan has challenged that if Sathyaraj has so much affection over Tamils and their cause, let him promise that he will act and dance only with Tamil girls and say no to north indian females. Will Sathyaraj accept the challenge?, let us wait and watch!

Bhoomika Back

Post her wedding with yoga guru Bharat Thakur, Bhoomika was on a five-month break, which she ended by starting to shoot for Malle Poovu, directed by Samudra. “For the first three hours on the sets, I was unsettled. I looked into the mirror and asked myself what I was doing here. Coming back from a vacation, I find myself waiting for the last day of the shoot so that I can go on another holiday,” she laughs, sipping a hot cup of chai at her residence later that evening.

The unmistakeable after-wedding glow lingers on even as she talks about her recent releases –– Anasuya and Swagatham. “I signed these films around the same time. It was a conscious decision to do a strong role (Anasuya) on one side and an entertainer (Swagatham) on the other to avoid getting slotted into the so-called woman-centric films,” she says. Bhoomika hates films being branded as women-centric. “When a film is based on the hero, no one says it’s a male-centric film. We can do without stereotyped classification.”

Basking in the critical acclaim she’s received for Anasuya, she recalls being sceptical about the project. “My blind faith took me forward.” The task was easier, she says, since Ravi Babu was meticulous. “He was sure of what he wanted. He’d tell me if a crime reporter would be brisk or chilled out in a given situation and how his/her feet would move.”

She will again be doing a balancing act with Malle Poovu and an untitled thriller with Srikanth. “Both these films will also release around the same time. Again I’ll have one offbeat film and a mainstream entertainer,” she says. There’s also a thriller directed by E. Niwas in the pipeline. Called 90 minutes, the story unfolds in 90 minutes “There are different ways in which I select my films,” she explains. “I am instinctive. If I don’t want to do a film I find better ways to say it. I can get into a bad mess in my head if I accept something I’m not convinced about. I’d accept a film that has a reasonable script if it’s backed by a good director. Thirdly, if the team is good and the film is unusual, I don’t mind doing a shorter role.” A case in point for the last instance is Gandhi My Father. “Films like these don’t get made every year,” she says.

Reflecting on her career, she says, “I’ve done 30 films and I’m happy. A lot of people told me I could have made it really big after Tere Naam. I can’t run too hard to stay in the race.” Prod her if she shied away from the rat race in Bollywood since it demands a high glamour quotient and she agrees. “How long can you live from one Friday to another worrying about what clothes to wear or take off? It isn’t like I resigned to doing less work. Mujhe zyaada kaam karna hi nahi hai. Even when I am shooting, I think of playing a game on playstation.”

Marriage, she says, hasn’t changed things. “People have been kind to me. I think directors don’t want to lose good talent.” At home, though, she’s enjoying her new role. “Looking back, it’s funny. When I joined Bharat’s yoga classes, it took me a month to break the ice and speak to him. My only intention was to learn yoga,” she laughs.

Malavika expects positive result

Malavika, even though married a year before, still dance for Kuththu songs, till to the satisfaction of the directors.

That is one reason, she is always on high demand. When a news related to her pregnancy came out, Kollywood was upset. We contacted her on behalf of all jollers of Malavika about her pregnancy, and she answered with her usual big smile!

"Only doctors have to confirm about my pregnancy and I doubt I may be pregnant. I am under diagnostics and I hope it should give me positive result" says Malavika.

Meera Hospitalized

Its not Men, but this time its male bees that chased Meera Jasmine and few went to the extent of kissing her and few arrogant ones sting her. Stings now put her in hospital and she is on medical treatment. Dr. Rajesakar is doing a Telugu movie under the title "Korintaakku" in which Meera is acting as sister of Rajasekar.

Shooting was taken in Mehboob Nagar near by Hyderabad and to witness the shooting lots of villagers gathered. Out of enthusiasm few claimed on tree tops and few disturbed a bee hive making the bees to wake up. Waked up bees, initially were angered and stinged few people and when they found meera, a competition among them was created and they started kissing her, and made her to get hospitalize!!!

I am a Call Center Girl only : Shriya

Shriya is acting in an English movie. The movie is produced by Vijay Amirtaraj for Hollywood. Shriya is so happy acting in a Hollywood movie. The movie is titled "The other end of the line". These are all very very old stories.

Her role in the movie is, she is a call center girl. According to the story, as a call center girl working in India, she was helping her clients based in US and she fell in love with one her clients, then the story moves on. One of the magazine mistook Call center girl as call girl and wrote all non sense about her!!!

Is Simbu eyeing Hindi

Even though there is no movie for Simbhu in Tamil and there is no one to speak a single word positive about him, he now wants to move to hindi.

There are few Kollywoodians who pray to their god, for him to move away to Mumbai instead of causing unwanted news here.

The reason of his plans for hindi is that he want to remake one of his Tamil movies, as Gajini is being remade in hindi.

India reduces Olympic torch route

India has decided to shorten the Olympic torch relay route over fears that Tibetan activists may try to disrupt the event.

The torch will now only be carried over a 2-3km heavily-secured route, Indian Olympic officials have said.

On Wednesday, India's foreign minister told his Chinese counterpart that the government would take steps to ensure the torch's safe passage.

It arrives in India later this month, and is due to be carried through Delhi.

The torch will be taken from the historic Red Fort to India Gate, a war memorial and city landmark.

But the 9km route has now been shortened and is expected to be only about 2-3km.

It follows advice from security agencies who say they have credible information to suggest that Tibetan activists intend to disrupt the relay.

The route will be heavily barricaded to keep protesters at bay.

Last month, Tibetan exiles managed to get into the heavily guarded Chinese embassy and the Indian government does not want a repeat of the incident.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi has spoken to his Indian counterpart, Pranab Mukherjee, who assured him that India would ensure that the passage of the Olympic torch was a success.

India is the home of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile but while Delhi offers them sanctuary, it takes a hardline stance against allowing them to carry out any political activity.

Tanzania in witchdoctor crackdown

anzania's president has ordered a crackdown on witchdoctors who use body parts from albinos in magic potions to bring people good luck or fortune.

"This is senseless cruelty. It must stop forthwith," Jakaya Kikwete said on television, AFP news agency reports.

"I am told that people kill albinos and chop their body parts, including fingers, believing they can get rich when mining or fishing," he said.

The order comes after the murder of 19 albinos in the last year.

The BBC's Vicky Ntetema in Dar es Salaam says there is a widespread belief in Tanzania that the condition is the result of a curse put on the family.

Old women with red eyes have been killed in parts of Tanzania, after being accused of witchcraft, she says.

In the past, Tanzania's Albino Society (TAS) has accused the government of turning a blind eye to the killing of albinos.

There are more than 8,000 registered albinos in Tanzania, although TAS believes there to be 150,000 among the country population of some 35m.

Mariah breaks Elvis chart record

Mariah Carey arrived in London this week to promote her single.

Singer Mariah Carey has beaten Elvis Presley's US chart record by scoring the 18th number one of her career.

Touch My Body, from her new album E=MC2, is the new number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and has also topped its download chart.

The achievement means she has now surpassed Elvis Presley's 17 number ones. The Beatles are in front on 20.

"I'm just feeling really happy and grateful," the 38-year-old performer told the Associated Press.

But she played down comparisons with Presley and The Beatles.

"I really can never put myself in the category of people who have not only revolutionised music but also changed the world, that's a completely different era and time," she said.

"In terms of my ethnicity, always feeling like an outsider, always feeling different... for me it's about saying, 'Thank you Lord, for giving me the faith to believe in myself when other people had written me off."

But she added that she was now at the most enjoyable point of her career, and trying to set sales records was not a priority for her.

"I've gone through enough of my life worrying about that kind of thing," she said.

Despite her US chart success, Carey has only reached the UK's top spot on two occasions - both times with cover versions.

The first was Without You, originally recorded by Badfinger and made popular by Harry Nilsson, which hit number one in 1994.

Six years later, she topped the chart with Phil Collins's Against All Odds, which she sang with Irish balladeers Westlife.

Madonna also made US chart history this week, when her track 4 Minutes, featuring Justin Timberlake, became her 37th top 10 hit, breaking another record set by Elvis Presley.

Akhtar cannot play in IPL until the Ban is revoked

Two days after being handed out a five-year ban for bringing cricket into disrepute, Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar today suffered another major setback with the Indian Premier League also debarring him from taking part in the cash-rich event.

The IPL's Governing Council Chairman Lalit Modi told reporters that Akhtar cannot take part in the high-profile Twenty20 competition till the Pakistan Cricket Board lifts the ban on him.

"A big discussion on Akhtar has taken place. The decision of the Governing Council was very simple that Akhtar has been banned for a period of five years, he has appealed... And till the time he is cleared the Governing Council will not be allowing Akhtar from playing in the IPL," he said.

Modi said Akhtar had appealed to the PCB to overturn the ban and it was now up to the concerned Board to take a decision on the matter. "So if his appeal is upheld he will be taken into the IPL," Modi said.

Akhtar has been roped in by the Kolkata Knightriders, owned by Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan for the IPL, which will begin from April 18.

The 32-year-old Akhtar has been banned for five-years by the PCB, which found him guilty on six accounts, including criticising the policies of the Board.

Another IPL Governing Council membert IS Bindra said it would be "odd" if Akhtar being banned to play for his country plays in the IPL.

"If he can't play for Pakistan, how can we play him? There will be no discipline left in the game, if we play him. It will set an unwanted precedent," said the former BCCI President.

"We (the IPL) want to be a part of the international system, not operate outside it. If somebody is banned on disciplinary grounds, that is a serious offense, and we felt it would be very odd if he was to play in IPL.

Kuruvi on May 10th

Kuruvi is all set to be released on 10th of May. Even though the movie is not yet completed and few more portions for the movie is to be shot, still the producer believes the movie will be ready to be screened on 10th May.

Theater bookings have been started and Kuruvi will be the movie in recent times to hit the screen as per the planned schedule.


At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated,

"If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25.00 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon."

In response to Bill's comments, General Motors issued a press release stating:

"If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics (and I just love this part, esp 7th point and 10'th point):

1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash twice a day.

2. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car.

3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You would have to pull to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. For some reason you would simply accept this.

4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.

5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive - but would ! run on only five percent of the roads.

6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single "This Car Has Performed an Illegal Operation"
warning light.

7. The airbag system would ask "Are you sure?" before deploying.

8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.

9. Every time a new car was introduced car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.

10. You'd have to press the "Start" button to turn the engine off. "

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