Saturday, November 04, 2006

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Thursday, November 02, 2006

SRK celebrates birthday with family and friends

Bollywood's "Don" and the heartthrob of millions, Shah Rukh Khan, quietly celebrated his 41st birthday on Thursday with close family members and friends.

Considered the country's biggest film star, Khan has ruled the box office for over a decade, starring in blockbusters like Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Dil To Pagal Hai and Kal Ho Na Ho.

Sources close to the actor said he had no plans to celebrate the day in a major way and he spent time with his family and friends.

His legion of fans in India and abroad sent in their best wishes to the actor, while several movie channels screened his films throughout the day to celebrate his birthday.

Khan has plenty of reasons to celebrate, with both his releases this year -- Don and Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna -- doing well at the box office.

His next release is likely to be Chak De, a Yashraj film in which he plays the coach of a woman's hockey team.
Source: DNA India

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Diwali Releases: Top five Tamil films

Not one or two, but seven Tamil films released this Diwali. And the clear winner is the Ajith starrer 'Varalaru', which was previously titled 'Godfather'.

The top five Tamil films are:

1. 'Varalaru' - Director: K.S. Ravi Kumar. No other actor except Rajnikanth gets the kind of opening that Ajith receives for his films. 'Varalaru' got 100 percent opening. It's good news for Ajith that all those who watched it are happy with the film and are raving about his performance. The film is on its way to becoming a big hit.

2. 'Vallavan' - Director: Silambarsan. Expectations were high from the film, which was in the making for over a year. It got an excellent opening, too, but started sliding after the second day. 'Vallavan' can be termed as the biggest disappointment among all the Diwali releases.

3. 'E' - Director: S.P.Jhananathan. Jhananathan is the National Award-winning director of 'Iyarkai'. 'E' is different from the usual mainstream films though he has tried to include some commercial elements to make it appealing. The success of 'E' can be a matter of pride for the director and the producer. Of course, credit goes to Jeeva too for delivering a mind-blowing performance.

4. 'Vattaram' - Director: Saran. Another disappointing Diwali fare. This is going to be Saran's second disaster after 'Idhaya Thirudan'.

5. 'Dharmapuri' - Director: Perarasu. This Vijayakanth film may not appeal to the urban audience but there is a huge population out there in the B and C centres who will lap it up. 'Dharmapuri' appears to be a propaganda film for Vijayakanth and his political party.

Source: Monster and Critics

Monday, October 30, 2006

Selvaraghavan Sonia Agarwal Marriage Plans

It's the wedding season in Kollywood. First it was lovely Laila who got married to her long-standing Iranian boyfriend.

Then it was the turn of Jyothika to tie the nuptial knot with her beau, Surya .

And now, it is Sonia Agarwal who has decided to take the matrimonial plunge, according to the grapevine.

Saucy Sonia will marry her mentor and director Selvaraghavan in Chennai on December 15, it is learnt.

Accordingly, Sonia has started refusing fresh offers. The buzz has it that she has also returned the advance amount to director Jeeva for the flick, ‘July Katru’.

Her latest movie, ‘Thiruttupayale’, according to trade circles, is doing extremely well.

Meanwhile, Selvaraghavan is busy with his Telugu project featuring Venkatesh and Trisha .

The million-dollar question however, is: will Sonia follow in the footsteps of Jyothika and say goodbye to films forever ? Or will she take a leaf out of Laila's book and resume acting, post-marriage?

Source: apunkachoice

Selvaraghavan goes for Rahman

Selvaraghavan always does things at his own pace. But these days the pace is picking up. Selvaraghavan is now giving final touches to his Telugu movie starring Venkatesh and Trisha.

Then he is supposed to do a movie titled Idhu Maalai Nerathu Mayakkam starring Suriya's sibling Karthi and Kadhal fame Sandhya in lead role. The movie would be for his White Elephants production house.

Close on the heels of Idhu Maalai Nerathu Mayakkam, Selvaraghavan will be off to Bollywood.

Yes, he is venturing to direct a Hindi movie. Selvaraghavan’s Hindi movie would be a remake of his 7G Rainbow Colony, which was a blockbuster in both Tamil and Telugu.

Raadan Media in association with U TV will produce the movie. For the first time, A R Rahman will team up with Selvaraghavan.

Selvaraghavan had hitherto combined with Yuvan Shankar Raja for his movies. And almost of them have been musical hits. Their combination is one of the best in South India. But when it came to pan-Indian appeal, Rahman is the best bet and so Selvaraghavan has naturally gone for him.

The Hindi movie will commence shortly. The candidates for the hero’s role are being short-listed.

Source: Indiglitz

Cracker Jack

Our heroines sure are a dedicated lot. ASIN walked into a Chennai theatre at the unholy hour of 7 am on Diwali to watch the first-day-first-show screening of her film Varalaru. Following suit was Nayanthara, who caught up with her Vallavan.

Then Reema Sen flew in from Mumbai specially for the same movie. That’s Diwali for you — bombs outside the theatres, and bombshells inside.

Source: New Ind Press

Crowning glory, says Chiranjeevi

The year began with a Padma Bhushan and on Saturday came the announcement from Andhra University (AU) awarding him an honorary doctorate. Midway between the two came a visit to his charitable blood bank from President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

"The first call I made was to my mother Anjana Devi. She always wanted to see me as a doctor. She liked my role in Shankardada MBBS but this is truly the crowning glory", an elated megastar Chiranjeevi told The Hindu .

Slogans hailing the `Megastar', `Shankardada MBBS', `Maa Annayya' rang loud and clear on the premises, as he met the teeming crowd of fans in the hall of the first floor of the blood. Also present were a group of Infosys executives and while addressing the fans, he made a mention of how he admired the simplicity of software giant's founder N.R. Narayanmurthy.

The fans apart, others present included wife Surekha, younger brother Pawan Kalyan, brother-in-law and film producer Allu Arvind and his son Allu Arjun and actors Srikanth and Uttej.

Mr. Chiranjeevi said the awards no doubt gave him happiness and added, "I would like to be remembered for ever as `mana' (our) Chiranjeevi. Thank you everyone, for being with me and I promise that I will continue to be in public service, be it eye or blood donation, helping children affected with thalassemia and the HIV- positive people".

AU Vice-Chancellor Venugopal Reddy said Mr. Chiranjeevi was chosen for the honorary doctorate in view of his social work, he being a good actor with a mass following and above all, being a Padma Bhushan awardee.

Source: The Hindu