Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Super surprise in ‘Sultan’

‘Sultan The Warrior’ is not going to be an out and out animated film as claimed earlier. Apparently to give a ‘complete Rajini film feel to the die-hard fans of the Superstar, director of the movie Soundarya Rajinikanth has planned some special scenes, in which the top actor would appear like how we saw him in all his earlier flicks.
Circles close to the Superstar’s daughter told IndiaGlitz that Rajini appears in more than one role in ‘Sultan The Warrior’ and one of them would be a non-animated character, with his typical mannerism and styles.
“Though this has been tried in Hollywood earlier, Soundarya is doing this for the first time in Tamil cinema. The character would surely thrill the audience. About 75 per cent of the shoot is complete and plans are on to release the film by the end of 2010. Soundarya has left no stone unturned in terms of making the movie, a landmark in the Superstar’s career,” they say.
On the film’s music, sources say, “A R Rahman has come out with an excellent work and Soundarya is stunned by it. Only the final mixing of songs is to be done. She feels Sultan the Warrior is going to be one of the best films of the Academy and Grammy winner.”


‘Raavan’- Audio in April. Movie in June

Mani Ratnam has officially announced that the music of his buzzing film 'Raavan' will be launched in April. The film is also almost complete and will release in June according to the direct sources.
Sources also say the songs have come out great under A R Rahman and they will be in perfect harmony with A R Rahman's international success. And A R Rahman has never failed in a Mani film.
‘Raavan’ will be released in June simultaneously all over India in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi versions. Sources also said Mani Ratnam has retained the title 'Raavan' for all the version and Tamil version will not have the striking 'Ashokavanam' as heard before.
With enviable star cast of Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Vikram, Prithviraj and others ‘Raavan’ is one of the biggest and most expected movies of the year.
The music launch is expected to have on dais not only Aishwarya Rai but also Abhishek Bachchan in Chennai.


Friday, March 19, 2010

Simbu ropes in P C Sriram

"Top cinematographer P C Sriram will weild the camera for Silambarasan’s ‘Vaaliban’, say sources in the know. The ace technician agreed to work for the film impressed by the storyline and Silambarasan’s approach, it is said.

A longtime project of the ‘Young Superstar’, ‘Vaaliban’ was getting delayed due to various reasons. “However, the success of ‘Vinnaithandi Varuvaya’ has made Silambarasan, the actor-director of the movie, to revive it,” sources add.

Produced by S S Chakravarthy of NIC Arts, the film is a youthful story with a patriotic theme, we learn. “It is about a youngster going the whole hog to save the unity and integrity of the country. The film will be racy from the word go,” sources say.

Music for ‘Vaaliban’ will be scored by Yuvan Shankar Raja. Silambarasan had earlier directed ‘Vallavan’ and assisted in the making of ‘Manmadhan’. He also helped Gautham Vasudev Menon on the sets of ‘Vinnaithandi Varuvaya’."


Rajini’s ‘political punches’ in ‘Endhiran’

"Superstar Rajinikanth is the big daddy of punch dialogues as far as Tamil cinema is concerned. It would be no exaggeration if we say many young heroes are now traveling on the road laid by the top actor years ago.

And his forthcoming ‘Endhiran’ too has in store many punch dialogues, we learn. If reports are to be believed, some of them are loaded with political meanings, thereby conveying a message to the public and politicians.

‘Vazhkkai Koduppavan Vakkaalan, Vaaikkarisi Poduravan Vetpaalan’, ‘Arthasasthram Unga Vazhi, Dharmasasthram En Vazhi’, ‘Arasiyalil Endrumey Naan Nirayuthapani’, were some of the punches mouthed by the Superstar for ‘Endhiran’, it is said.

At the same time, it is also said none of the above dialogues would look odd and they would fit well to the script. “Director Shankar and his team are carefully carving ‘Endhiran’ so that the film would creation sensation, not controversy,” sources say."


All for Rahman

When it comes to hero worship, people would go to the extreme for their dream idol.

Music maestro A R Rahman is gearing up for the ‘Jai Ho - The Journey Home’ concert in April. And our ‘Veer’ producer Vijay Galani has done the much-needed preparations well ahead for it. Guess what? He said to have bought the rights for three shows of the concert in UK (Manchester, Birmingham and London) for a whopping Rs 10 crore!

The reason Galani chose UK is that being a cosmopolitan market, the shows are likely to draw the Asian population especially Indians, Bangladeshis, Pakistanis besides Europeans and Americans. While all the shows have already been sold out to promoters, the ticket sales will begin in the first week of April.

Due to the failure of ‘Veer’, Galani had incurred a huge loss. But with this concert, seems like the producer is back for the game.

Sources revealed the deal which was finalized some days ago, includes the travel and stay expenses of the 85-artistes band.

While Galani’s close source revealed, “Though in practice, the deal has been struck for Rs 10 crore, Rahman will bear the cost of lights, sound effects, editing and the maintenance of his big team throughout the shows.”

However, Galani keeps mum over the actually deal price and he just remarks, “Rahman simply rocks!”

True indeed….


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Rahman's book - Tamil Movie News - AR Rahman | Roja | Raavan | Mani Ratnam | Selva Kumar - Behindwoods.com

Oscar winning music director AR Rahman is writing his coffee table book that will talk about his experiences from Roja to Raavan. The musician began his career with Roja, which earned him the fame and fortune. Since then, there is no looking back for this ace music director.

Rahman’s book will comprise details of all the films that he has worked thus far and this also includes the yet-to-be released Mani Ratnam directed Raavan. It is worth mentioning here that Mani introduced Rahman to filmdom with Roja.

The book will contain photos of about 300 singers with comments from the Mozart of Madras. The photos are by Selva Kumar.

AR Rahman


Friday, March 12, 2010


As it seems, there’s light at the end of the tunnel for Sultan the warrior. The animated feature, produced jointly by Soundarya Rajinikanth’s Ochre Studios and Reliance Media works, ran into trouble when the production budget exceeded the limitations. Following which, Reliance decided to quit the project.

However, there seems to be some activity on both sides with authorities from Ochre and Reliance deciding to hold discussions for the benefit of the movie’s completion. The discussion panel includes expert lawyers from both sides and a decision about the movie’s recommencement is expected to be arrived at soon.

Gautham on VTV Hindi remake

With Vinnaithanndi Varuvaayaa turning out to be a huge hit, Gautham already has offers to make the film in Hindi. However, the director is cautious as his first Bollywood flick Rehna Hai Terre Dil Mein did not turn out to be a box office success. The director also revealed that if at all he plans to make VTV in Hindi, he would produce under his home production. 

On VTV’s success formula, the director was quoted by a national daily as saying, “I am a romantic at heart. I like to show love in a way that will bring a smile or a tear to viewers.”

VTV pirated

Entire film fraternity went in for a massive shock when Sarathkumar’s Jaggubhai was available on the net even before its release. The government has been very strict trying to bring this menace under control and has enforced strict rules to curb this hazard. However despite various stringent measures piracy does not seem to loosen its dirty clasp around the industry. 

The film Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa directed by Gautham Menon has garnered widespread acclaim all over. Recently pirated versions of CDs/DVDs of the film were doing its free rounds in Trichy which was brought to the notice of the police. The authorities on hearing this had seized the DVDs/CDs and brought the offenders to book.

News about Endhiran from Shankar

Director Shankar has penned in his blog that all the talkie portions of Endhiran have been completed. On the audio and film release, he had said that one song is yet to be recorded after which it has to go for mastering and then it has to be shot. The audio launch can be finalized only after this work is completed, Shankar had said.

The computer graphics work of Endhiran is almost complete; however, a few complicated CG work needs to be done; it has been said in the blog. Apart from this, the final editing, sound mixing and dubbing has to be completed.

Gautham to sign up Silambarasan again

Gautham Menon seems to have struck a chord with Silambarasan during the making of Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa. With the film turning out to be a grand success, the director is already contemplating his next film.

When asked by the reporters if there is a possibility to work with Silambarasan in future, the director’s reply was affirmative. He hinted that talks are already on with Silambarasan for their next film together. Gautham said an announcement would be made once things fall in place.


Mani’s ‘Raavan’ to have international premiere

Mani Ratnam’s eagerly awaited film ‘Raavan’ may be first seen at the IIFA Awards at an international venue. Reports circulating in Bollywood suggest that the film might premiere at the International Indian Film Awards (IIFA) later this year.
The tri lingual ‘Raavan’ is nearing completion and is set to release on 18th of June. This mega budget multi starrer will hit the bull’s eye in getting the international audience if premiered at an international venue. The venue for this year’s IIFA is still not decided but Seoul, the capital of South Korea seems to be the first preference.
It may be remembered that Mani Ratnam’s ‘Yuva’, the Hindi version of Tamil ‘Aayutha Ezhuthu’ was premiered at the IIFA ceremony in Singapore.
With truly pan Indian stars like Abishek Bachan, Aishwarya Rai and Vikram the movie has huge expectations.

Thamarai meets Mani Ratnam

The only successful female lyricist in Tamil film industry, Thamarai is extending her frontiers. The aesthetic lyricist who shot to instant fame with ‘Veseegara’ song from film ‘Minnale’ by Goutham Menon continued to create sensational songs for Goutham’s films and others.
One of the most sought after lyricist of today, Thamarai has been approached by none other than Mani Ratnam, but for writing the dialogues for his next film after ‘Raavan’. Mani Ratnam has already completed his first discussion on his next film which will also be a bilingual in Tamil and Hindi. For Hindi version he has in mind, the nephew of actor Aamir Khan, ‘Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na’ star Imran Khan and for Tamil it will be Silambarasan.
As the story of the film is about the second love of a woman, Mani Ratnam felt it would be better if a female writer writes the dialogues. Mani has met Thamarai with the offer but with a string. He will use it only if he is thoroughly convinced. Mani’s films are turning more poetic day by day.


Prithviraj – Mani Ratnam unique feature

Prithviraj has the unique distinction of working under a director who has directed his father Sukumaran also 25 years ago. And if the director is someone like Mani Ratnam, Prithviraj can feel proud of his profession all his life.
Prithviraj’s father Sukumaran was a famous actor in Malayalam for three decades from the seventies. With films like ‘Vilkkanundu Swapnangal’ Sukumaran was in the big league when Mani Ratnam started his career as a director in the eighties.
Mani Ratnam’s second film of his career was ‘Unaru’ in Malayalam. The film was about the labour trade union parties and their problems in Kerala. Sukumaran played an important role in the film. Now after 25 years Mani Ratnam is directing Prithviraj in ‘Raavan’. What a journey it had been.


Monday, March 08, 2010

The Gautham-Ajith flick A Round up - Behindwoods.com

The ground has been cleared
There had been a shadow of doubt cast over the project after the huge uproar that was created with what Ajith said in the function held to thank the CM. But, now with matters looking settled, especially on the side of FEFSI, there seems to be nothing in the way of this project happening.

The ‘Madurai Sambavam’
With Dayanidhi Azhagiri producing the film and especially with the huge expectations that this combination will generate, a grand launch, befitting the scale and reach of the project is being planned. And, where else would it be held other than the Azhagiri fortress – Madurai.

James ‘Thala’ Bond
The wind is that Gautham has designed a stylish and gripping plain clothes detective character for Ajith. Knowing Gautham’s expertise with cop characters and films, one can expect a role that is truly worth Ajith’s screen presence, a la James Bond, if you like the way it sounds.

No ladies
This will indeed be a unique film if what we hear is right; that Ajith will not have any heroine in the film. Must be a first of sorts in his career and the first in Tamil cinema in quite a long time. It will also be the first for Gautham who is know for his adeptness at handling romance. But, this time, it looks as if crime, clues and cops will be the only thing that the film will focus on.

The music
With no heroines and presumably no romance, there will be no lilting tunes that we associate with Gautham’s film. But, there will be a place of prominence for music. Especially the background score, which is of critical importance in detective/action flicks. And, guess who will be scoring – it is Rahman. That completes a great team, doesn’t it?

The team
Gautham is expected to retain most of the technical crew that Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa had. With the response that VTV’s visuals are getting, Manoj Paramahamsa’s camera work will be one of the most watched elements in the Gautham-Ajith flick.

Ajith Gautham Menon
Thuppariyum Anand or Ulavali
There has been a lot of excitement after a certain rumor started spreading that Gautham had already titled the project as 'Thuppariyum Anand'. Meanwhile, another title that was doing the rounds was 'Ulavali'. But, Gautham himself has dispelled all these myths and said that the film is yet untitled. When the time is right and ripe, there will be an announcement. Till then at least, let us refer to this high profile project as 'Thuppariyum Anand'.


Trisha's argument with Gautham

Trisha, when asked why she agreed in a role that showed her older than Silambarasan in Vinnaithaandi Varuvayaa, said that she indeed had an argument with the film’s director over this issue. Trisha said that when Gautham approached her with the script of VTV she was skeptical of the role. However, the director convinced her to don the greasepaint. And the lady has no regrets now as the film has turned out to be a hit.
Udayanidhi StalinReacting to a question about actresses trusting Godmen, Trisha said that she believed in the lord and not in Swamijis. She also appealed to all her co-stars to be careful in future.

Rajini amazed by VTV

A special show of Vinnaithaandi Varuvayaa was arranged for Rajinikanth in Chennai. The actor, as like all others who have seen the movie, was full of praises. In fact, the superstar was so engrossed in the film that he thought the character, played by Ganesh as Kakka Kakka’s film cameraman was the real man that wielded the camera for that film. 

Rajini expressed his desire to congratulate the cameraman when, to his amazement, Gautham Menon revealed that the real director of camera for Kakka Kakka was RD Rajasekar. Gautham is in cloud nine over the shower of accolades on his film.


Udayanidhi looking for a script

Producer Udayanidhi Stalin is the man with a golden touch. All the films that have been produced by him have turned out to be a grand success. And now, he has ventured as a distributor for Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa, which also happens to be a runaway success.

Riding high on the success, Udayanidhi also has a film that will have Kamal Haasan, Madhavan and Trisha, which will be directed by KS Ravikumar and another film with Suriya for which Murugadoss will wield the director’s cap.

In an interview to a popular Tamil daily, Udayanidhi has confirmed that he is looking for a suitable script to don the greasepaint.


What Silambarasan has to say about Valiban

Silambarasan has already moved on to his next project – Valiban. Apart from playing the lead role, he will also direct the film. Valiban is touted to be a love story with a patriotic message. The heroine for this film is yet to be finalized. Yuvan Shankar Raja will compose music for this film. 

Valiban will start rolling from March 25th, sources say. The actor said that since he was busy with VTV, he was not able to begin Valiban on the time he had planned earlier.


Ranjitha untraceable… Mani Ratnam worried

One director that will be affected with the Ranjitha-Nithyananda blue film leakage is Mani Ratnam. The actress plays an important role in the Mani Ratnam directed Ravan. Ever since the video made its way to the television channels and news papers, the actress has been absconding. 
RanjithaThe Ravan unit, which is gearing up to release the film during the summer holidays, is now in a fix. Apparently, a few scenes involving the actress need to be shot, and this issue has the team in jitters, as Ranjitha remains untraceable.


Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Endhiran gets it from different sources - Tamil Movie News - Endhiran | Resul Pookutty | Pazhassi Raja | Shankar | AR Rahman - Behindwoods.com

"Endhiran got bigger with Oscar winning sound engineer Resul Pookutty joining the team. The sound engineer is known to bring in several innovative sounds and that earned him the reputation of being the best. It is important to note that Pookutty used a bird’s chirping to bring out the warn announcement horn used by the British during the 17th century in Pazhassi Raja.

Resul is now scouting for some unique sounds for Endhiran. He is working on getting the best from different sources, we hear."


Silambarasan's call to Gautham

"Silambarasan has apparently watched VTV with his fans in Chennai's Devi theatre to gauge the reactions his latest romantic flick has on his fans. Fans have hooted at his romantic scenes with Trisha in delight, apart from his introductory scenes and other emotional moments. A dutiful Silambarasan called up Gautham Menon immediately to share the delight with him in reassurance.

VTV, released on Friday, took a fantastic opening across all the release centers in Tamil Nadu. The much anticipated flick of 2010 is also receiving good reviews from fans and critics alike."

Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa - Tamil Movie Review

Review by : Behindwoods review board
Starring: : Silambarasan, Trisha.
Direction: Gautham Menon
Music: AR Rahman
Production: Escape Artists Motion Pictures And R.S. Infotainment
After a successful Vaaranam Aayiram, Gautham Vasudev Menon ventures into his next, Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa, focusing entirely on the most catholic emotion in the world, LOVE, a subject that the brilliant director is known to handle with style, finesse, panache and a lot of heart. Although, VTV could have been an apt Valentine’s Day presentation, it nevertheless does not cease to impress the target audience, the YOUTH.

VTV is all about falling in love, the emotions, confusions and the innumerable rollercoaster sensations associated with it. Karthik (Silambarasan), a mechanical engineer is an aspiring film director. It is love at first sight for this young man with his landlord’s daughter Jessy (Trisha), a Malayalee Christian and a computer professional. Karthik expresses his love to her in a quite unexpected manner but she does not accept it citing practical reasons. Notwithstanding her absence even for a short while, Karthik, in
Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa

her pursuit, reaches Kerala along with his cinematographer friend Ganesh.

He finds Jessy in the pretext of apologizing to her for his behavior but earns her friendship. The ensuing train trip to Chennai from Allapuzha paves way for a deeper bond between the two. Meanwhile Karthik rubs Jessy’s brother on the wrong side which creates a wedge between the two families and Karthik’s family is made to vacate the premises. This triggers the hasty fixing of marriage for Jessy in Kerala. Needless to say, Karthik reaches there and what happens thereafter form the crux of Vinnai Thaandi Varuavaayaa. The answers to questions like whether Karthik and Jessy unite in marriage or go their individual ways are narrated with a trademark Gautham Menon’s style.

An all new Silambarasan, with a complete make over steals the show. An amazing performance from the young super star! His dialogue delivery, body language, voice modulations, dance movements are all right in place and VTV is a definite milestone for him. He has lived the character of Karthik in every cell. His dexterity with feet reaches a crescendo in the Hosanna number. Trisha is lovely in Nalini Sriram’s simple, relatable costumes and comes alive as a confused woman, not knowing her path. Ganesh as Silambarasan’s friend is adorable and the combination takes charge of humor component. Naga Chaitanya and Samantha make a cameo.

Directorial touches of Gautham Menon are abundant through out the film especially with the portrayal of his characters which are very real. His stamp is unmistakable in the last scene when he juxtaposes reel and real events. The director once again proves that he is after all a master craftsman especially in matters of love. The dialogues between Silambarasan and Ganesh are highly enjoyable and natural and that between him and Trisha receive loud applause from the audience. A sample is Silambarasan’s retort to Trisha when she wonders about his trip to Kerala- “When people go all out to America to woo their girl, I have after all come to Kerala.”

This is the first time Gautham teams up with A R Rahman and his music has already scorched the charts and the songs are the strong pillars to the film. Audience breaks into a thunderous rapture with Hosanna and the choreography only highlights the effects of the number. Omana Penne is a poetic delight when the music, lyrics and the visuals weave a magical spell!

It is a visual treat through Manoj Paramahamsa’s camera work when the backwaters of Kerala, ancient churches of Malta and USA are brought alive. The song sequences are an aural and a visual pleasure indeed! Antony at the editing desk and Rajeevan helming art department lend the right kind of support to the film.

On the flip side, the narration takes its own sweet time to unfold and it does not help much especially in the second half when things take time to move forward which tests the patience. The scene between Trisha and Silambarasan in USA is one such example. For people who expect a breezy love story VTV might disappoint them. A uniform engaging script and a crisper narrative could have tilted the balance completely in favor of this all love flick.

Verdict: Dreamy love story in an unhurried pace!

Vinnaithandi Varuvaya Tamil Movie Review

Vinnaithandi Varuvaya - Lengthy Love story

‘Vinnaithandi Varuvaya’, (VTV) and you know what its like to cross the sky and get into another dimension called love. ‘Vinnaithandi Varuvaya’ is a popular lyric from the ‘Vennilave Vennilave’ song from ‘Minsara Kanavu’ directed by Rajeev Menon and all of you know that. So director Goutham Vasudev Menon has rightly acknowledged Rajeev Menon in the first card of the Titles. How humble!
Right from the time, the word ‘action’ was told, the film has been creating the ripples of expectation among director Goutham’s fans. He has surely tried his maximum to live up to the expectations. Captain Goutham and his team- comprising of editor Antony, art director Rajeevan, director of photography Manoj Paramahamsa and music by A R Rahman, just look at that combination, have always given us that feeling of modern cinema.
Well technically, the movie is made with high values- Exceptional music, background score, re-recording, classy camera work, foreign locations, etc. All the technicians involved must receive that imperative appreciation for they have done their work with much finesse.
The first in the list of technicians who have to be appreciated would be, undoubtedly, A R Rahman. Man! Isn’t he a creative genius! His 1st movie after the Oscar phenomenon. His music is one of the main reasons to the much acclaimed hype. The re-recording and the background score are really amazing. If you’ve listened to his songs in your personal stereo, then its only half of the magic you have experienced.
The picturisation of the songs is simply remarkable and they complete the magic. God knows how Goutham gets his ideas and the eye of Manoj Paramahamsa who’s done ‘Eeram’ before, not just his eye that thought of those exotic locations but his ‘lens eye’ as well that caught all those beautiful locales. Watch those videos even with half opened eyes and you’ll realize he hasn’t used a camera but a paint brush with the palette of colours from Mother Nature. The colour tones in the movie have been brought out quite amazingly. The songs especially, ‘Hosana’ and ‘Omanna Penne’ shot at Malta, are worth the watch at the cinemas. Songs get major attention in the movie and the other technician we are going to talk about is Rajeevan and his art-work in the sets of a few songs is fascinating. The D.O.P (director of photography) Manoj has used minimal artificial lighting in the movie, showing his signature style.
We’ll come back to the people behind the camera a little later. Now is the time for the people in front of the camera. Trisha and Silambarasan as the lead pair, and quite a few veterans in the movie like Kitty as Silambarasan’s father and Bob Antony as Trisha’s father. All artists have done well especially Ganesh, also one of the producers, who plays Silambarasan’s friend, has acted well, and his dialogue delivery must be appreciated. Lets talk about- Silambarasan! We’ve seen him as a college student, as a mass character and we’ve seen him dance in the middle of the road, typical Chennai style, but can you imagine Silambarasan in formals, as a simple, regular guy-next door, decent and at his best behaviour? Well, he has proved he is not just the normal run-off-the-mill commercial hero but an actor who will mould himself into any character that a story demands. He’s come out of that commercial image with VTV. All were apprehensive about the fact that Silambarasan working with a classy director like Goutham. But the director has been persistent about Silambarasan and he hasn’t let the director down. Silambarasan has been in front of the camera since he was a kid and such a role as ‘Karthik’ in this movie is really not demanding or impossible to him. He hasn’t acted in this movie, but has been himself. His dialogue delivery appeared to be simple, just like how he would talk to anyone in his real life. He is an ambitious and aspiring film maker in the movie and in real life, he really is.
Opposite Silambarasan is pretty lass Trisha. Trisha as Jessie has portrayed her character brilliantly, she hasn’t over acted or under acted, and she’s done it perfectly. Director of Photography, Manoj has prettified Trisha, and she looks prettier than her previous appearances. Saree clad in most of the movie, Trisha has pulled off a terrific performance. Nalini Sriram’s costumes might start a cult with the ladies from now on.
Now we’re moving in to the ‘story, screenplay and dialogues’, by Goutham. Don’t expect us to be spoilsport and reveal the storyline and the cute screenplay of the movie. The first half till the interval will grab your attention as it has been nicely written and well taken. Some cute scenes between Silambarasan and Trisha look really candid and the camera man has managed to capture that cheeky chemistry between the two. According to the film promos, theatrical trailers, etc ‘VTV’ is a love story ‘with a difference’. There wasn’t anything particularly different to talk about, except for Simbu being younger to Trisha by one year, and the screenplay that won’t tell you till the end if they’ve fall in love and live happily ever after?
Silambarasan wooing Trisha, their second pairing after ‘Alai’, is not at all impractical and you can relate their characters to real life. Their chemistry is enticing and they actually appear a cute pair. Silambarasan’s attitude in the movie is straight forward while Trisha is homely and conservative. The one thing you can’t relate to life or even agree is the hero meeting the heroine at her house, at his will without anyone noticing. Cinema has grown of age, or have people!?
The screenplay in the first half is slow and cute but the screenplay in the second half is even slower.
A faster screenplay might spoil the feel of a romantic movie. Back to technicians, Editor Antony has done a decent job but could have advised his Captain to chop off a few reels. Some of the audience thought the movie got over and they got off their seats when a song was being played! but the movie continued for 10 more minutes after that.
Silambarasan, we all know fights well and dances amazingly. There is just one stunt sequence in the movie and that’s designed by Shiva who’s handled the fight scenes very well and Silambarasan is the demi-god we know, sustains not a single scratch on him. Silambarasan’s dance is admirable. Keeping in mind that most of the songs are not dance numbers, you’ll still see him sway to those tunes convincingly.
Dialogues in the movie and especially Silambarasan’s dialogue delivery is worth mentioning. The dialogues make you giggle at times, and sometimes they make you feel- how one can be so romantic.
Director Goutham has tried something ‘different’ but the audience is perplexed at the end. You wouldn’t know how to react after the climax. Weird! If you’ve been following all his movies and know his style of film making, then you would appreciate his work. There were rumours about two climaxes to the movie. The version the audience saw on the first day is not really lively.
Finally a disclaimer: If and only if, you have all the time in the world, and you like the slow romantic genre, you’ll enjoy this one.
VTV- a feel (long) 'good' film!

Priyamani chokes

Usually most actresses don’t prefer to dub for their films for obvious reasons. But still there are some who makes it a point in their contracts to use their own voice.
National award winning actress Priyamani has become more determined these days to dub for her films. One reason may be, she recently missed a Kerala State Award for the film ‘Thirakkatha’ because she has not dubbed herself for the film even with an incredible performance. So the dark beauty has decided not to take chances any more.
Recently Priyamani was dubbing for the tri-lingual Mani film ‘Raavan’. She is dubbing for herself for both the Hindi and Tamil versions of ‘Raavan’. Since Priya knows the languages well everything thing was going fine. Then there was an emotional scene which has to be dubbed with intense modulations. Mani’s dubbing directors told her to do the Tamil version first and then do the Hindi version because she will be able to understand the feel better and emote better in Hindi.
She was game and started that way with Tamil. The scene had typical Tirunelveli dialect and Mani was personally supervising Priya. The dubbing started and at one stage Priya became so emotional and choked. Finally she broke down. She said the scene was so touching and she virtually blended with the scene.
Good signs any way. Priyamani feels ‘Raavan’ will be a turning point of her career.

Waiting for Vikram in Bollywood

It is known that Mani Ratnam’s ‘Raavan’ starring Vikram, Aishwarya Rai and Prithviraj is a bilingual for south – Tamil and Telugu. Vikarm also stars in the Hindi version of ‘Raavan’ with Abishekh Bachchan and Aiswarya Rai. Mani Ratnam who feels Vikram will be the next best thing happening to Bollywood from south has created a special trailer to introduce the national award winning actor to Bollywood in style. The special trailer will be a curtain raiser show casing Vikram’s style and substance using scenes from his earlier movies. Amitabh Bachchan is expected to release this special curtain raiser in March.
So expecting Vikram to make it big in Bollywwod after ‘Raavan’, Vikram’s current producers and getting ready to cash in. Mohan Natrajan who is doing a film with Vikram under Boopathy Pandian is all set to dub it in Hindi also. Ileana opposite Vikram will make it easy for Telugu dubbing. Vikram plays a police officer after ‘Samy’ in this untitled film. Brahmanandam will tickle the funny bones. Devi Sri Prasad will do the music instead of previously reported Mani Sharma.

Endhiran could be a tragedy

"Sujatha’s novel En Iniya Iyanthira had a climax in which the Robot will be dismantled. Wondering what the climax of Endhiran, which is based on this book, would be? Well, some of our sources say that director Shankar has planned two climaxes.

One of the climaxes will have Aishwarya Rai, the film’s heroine, killed by the Robot. Another climax will have Rajini dismantle the Robot keeping in tune with the book that Sujatha had penned. However, none of the sources have confirmed about this double climax and it’s also possible that the director may have other plans."


Permission denied for Endhiran

The shooting of Endhiran is almost over barring a few scenes. These scenes need to be shot in Delhi and the Endhiran crew has been running from pillar to post to obtain the necessary permission. In a recent function, Rajini had also mentioned that he was able to attend it only because the shooting in Delhi has been cancelled owing to denial of permission.

It is very difficult to obtain the permission to shoot in Delhi because of the security threat that the country is facing.


Rahman drops out from Vikram project

With the Vikram – Vikram Kumar project, tentatively titled 24, having been shelved, looks like the other crew members are also dropping out. A R Rahman and P C Sriram have also left the project, although Vikram’s dates have been bought by producer Mohan Natarajan and the project will now be handled by Boopathy Pandiyan.

Pandiyan is synonymous with comic capers with Dhanush namely Devadayai Kanden and Thiruvilayadal Arambam. The untitled new project will now have Mani Sharma’s score, it is learnt