Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Shankar Fixes A Deadline For Vikram - Shankar - Vikram - I - Tamil Movie News -

Shankar’s I is probably the hottest thing in Kollywood right now. The team’s tactic of revealing things now and then is proving to be very useful in building up the much needed curiosity. The latest news is that the film’s lead Vikram has two get ups in the film. For one of the roles he will have to look slim and fit and for the other he must put on weight to look fat.

Shankar will shoot one half of the film with Vikram looking slim now and will give him three months time to gain weight. After that, the director will shoot the rest of the film. The director is also planning to shoot major portion of the film in China.


Another Foreign Actress In Shankar's I? - Shankar - I - Pooja Kumar - Vishwaroopam - Tamil Movie News -

Shankar had already disclosed that I is a two heroine subject. Recently there was news that Shankar has roped in the happening Amy Jackson, in place of Samantha, for this mega budget film starring Vikram. Now there are reports saying he has also roped in the Indian born American actress and the Vishwaroopam girl, Pooja Kumar for the film.

The film will also star Suresh Gopi and Santhanam in important roles. This will be the second consecutive film which has Vikram, Santhanam and Amy Jackson, after Thaandavam.


Mani Ratnam's Kadal Moves To An Island - Mani Ratnam - Kadal - Tamil Movie News -

Legend Mani Ratnam has taken his crew to Andaman, where he will be stationed for the shoot of Kadal. Mani has been location hunting for a while and finalised Andaman recently. Following Mani, Gautham and Tulasi also went to Andaman to participate in the shoot schedules. 

The crew will explore some as yet unseen locations in Andaman according to production sources. Plans are also afoot to shoot a song, the same sources reveal. The schedule is likely to go on for 15 days after which the cast and crew will be back in Chennai for the next leg.


Kochadaiyaan On Rajini's Birthday? - Kochadaiyaan - Rajinikanth - Soundarya R Ashwin - Tamil Movie News -

The shoot for the Rajinikanth starrer Kochadaiyaan has been wrapped up. The post production of the film is in its full swing. The music that has been composed by AR Rahman will be released in Tokyo, as a treat to Rajini’s fans in Japan. There are also reports wandering around, whispering that the film might hit the screens on the birthday of Rajinikanth, which falls on December 12th.
The premiers have been planned across Los Angeles, London and India.
The magnum opus film’s satellite rights have been sold for a mammoth to Jaya TV. Lakshmi Ganapathy films have bagged the Telugu rights of the film.
In a statement Mr. Sunil Lulla, Managing Director, Eros International Media Ltd, said, “We are confident that like Sivaji and Robot this will also be a landmark film in Rajnikanth’s career. We will also be releasing a separate Hindi version along with the Tamil version.”


Monday, July 02, 2012

The Dark Secret Of Samantha Revealed - Samantha - Kadal - Mani Ratnam - Tamil Movie News -

It is now known that the happening Samantha has opted out of two big projects, Mani Ratnam’s Kadal and Shankar’s I. But the reasons behind these walk outs that too from such big projects had been very mysterious, till now.

We hear that the pretty actress is suffering from skin allergies caused during the shoot of Mani Ratnam’s Kadal. It seems she has been taking treatments and has been asked by the doctors to keep away from bright lights for the next three months. These health issues seems to be the reason for her opting out of Shankar’s I, which is all set to go on floor this July.

However, her sci-fi Naan Ee will hit the screens on July 6th and she still has Gautham Menon’s Neethane En Ponvasantham alongside Jiiva.


After Mani Ratnam, Samantha breaks up with Shankar - Tamil Movie News -

Samantha sure is a gutsy girl. Few weeks back she opted out of Mani Ratnam’s Kadal. Now we hear that she has also walked out of Shankar’s mega budget film ‘I’ starring Vikram. The reason for her decisions is still unknown. Though an official announcement hasn’t been made from Shankar’s side, the rumour is that the director is already in look for another actress to replace Samantha. We also hear that the director is looking for a Bolly girl.
Samantha’s next release will be ‘Naan Ee’ alongside Nani. The film will hit the screens on 6th July. She also has Gautham Menon’s Neethane En Ponvasantham opposite Jiiva.


Ar Rahman Follows Ilaiyaraja To The Olympics - Ilaiyaraja - Ar Rahman - Tamil Movie News -

It is a proud moment for Tamil cinema as two of its greatest talents will be featured in one of the greatest platforms in the world - the Olympics. Ilaiyaraja's Naandhaan Ungappanda from the Kamal Haasan - Sripriya starrer, Ram Lakshman is to be played at the opening ceremony and now we hear that AR Rahman is working with Danny Boyle on a score which will also be used in the opening ceremony of the Olympics.
Danny Boyle and AR Rahman have worked together on Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours. A lot is expected from this combination as their collaboration resulted in an Academy Award win for ARR. The maestro is unwilling to discuss his score for the Olympics opening ceremony at this point since work is still in the infancy stage.


Mani Ratnam Wants Only Nayan - Mani Ratnam - Nayan - Nayanthara - Tamil Movie News -

Normally, heroines would give an arm and leg to work with Mani Ratnam but for his new film, Kadal Mani is having a tough time. Samantha was cast after a long search which saw Akshara Haasan turn down Mani and now she has opted out of the film as there was an issue with dates. Now Radha's daughter, Thulasi has been cast opposite Karthik's son, Gautham in a bid to rekindle the magic their parents brought to the screen with Azhaigal Oivathillai.
Arjun plays a pivotal role in the film and Mani is keen that Nayanthara plays his love interest. He has already approached her but Nayan is taking her time to reply as she is busy with many big projects. Mani we hear is determined to wait and get her to sign on the dotted line as no one can do the role better than her since it is tailormade for the actress.


Will Shankar's I Take The Robot Route? - Shankar - I - Vikram - Robot - Endhiran - Tamil Movie News -

Shankar’s next mega budget film with Vikram in the lead is scheduled to go on floor in July after Thandavam gets wrapped up. Shankar renamed the film from Therdhal to I recently. But, the buzz is that the film might undergo another change in its title. The film’s protagonist Vikram in a recent interview was quoted as saying that Shankar is looking for a more suitable title for the film.
When Shankar launched his mega hit project Endhiran, he had named it as Robot. But he had to change it to get tax redemption.


Shankar's New Girl - Shankar - Samantha - Amy Jackson - I - Tamil Movie News -

After Samantha walked out of Shankar’s mega budget film ‘I’, the director was keen about roping in a Bollywood beauty. But now sources have revealed that it is going to be the British beauty Amy Jackson, who will be wearing the shoes of Samantha. She will be pairing up with Vikram for the second time with this movie, after AL Vijay’s Thaandavam.

The buzz is that there will also be another heroine, probably from the north. This Shankar’s project will have National Award winner PC Sreeram’s cinematography and Academy Award winner AR Rahman’s music. A technical team from Australia, who did the special effects for the International super hit Harry Potter series, will also work for this film. This film will go on floor in July mid.


Anushka, Trisha And Ileana In Str's Manmadhan 2? - Anushka - Trisha - Str - Manmadhan 2 - Tamil Movie News -

Manmathan 2 is creating hot news every now and then. The latest is that STR is looking to rope in six hot actresses for his film. If reports are to be believed, STR has approached Anushka, Trisha, Tamannah and Ileana, to play his lead ladies in Manmadhan 2. It is also likely that Sindhu Tolani and Mandira Bedi, who acted in 2004 Manmadhan, will also be part of this film.

There were also reports that AR Rahman will score music for this film. STR will start this project after completing Vaalu, Vettai Mannan and Podaa Podi.


The Secret About Kochadaiyaan's Art Department - Kochadaiyaan - Rajinikanth - Soundarya R Ashwin - Tamil Movie News -

Soundarya R Ashwin, the director of the Rajinikanth starrer Kochadaiyaan, is doing everything possible to make the film look as fresh as daisy. She has roped in a massive group of Arts College students to act as the art department of the film. She had handpicked Velu from the College of Fine Arts, Parry’s Corner, to be the film’s art director.

Velu has under him 48 fine arts students from across the state, working like ants. The film also has 60 technicians working as concept artistes for the film.


Santhanam Again With Shankar - Santhanam - Shankar - I - Tamil Movie News -

Comedian Santhanam is excited as he has been roped in by Shankar to be part of his tentatively titled ‘I’. Earlier Santhanam has worked with Shankar in his blockbuster film Enthiran and he hopes to recreate the magic with this too. Santhanam is looking forward to the film as he will have ample dialogues in Shankar’s film unlike in Deiva Thirumagal and Thandavam.

Shankar Goes To China - Shankar - I - Vikram - Tamil Movie News -

“If it is Shankar’s film, watch out for the exotic locations,” is what everybody says. Shankar too does not take the locations for granted. He picks up the best suited one for his film. Presently, the director is in China to confirm the locations for his upcoming film ‘I’. The film’s lead actor Vikram will also join the director soon, after his Thaandavam shoot. The last time Shankar shot in China, it was for his Prashanth-Aishwarya Rai starrer Jeans.
I, apart from Vikram will feature Santhanam and Suresh Gopi in important roles. Amy Jackson is said to have replaced Samantha, as the female lead of the film. Shankar is also looking for another heroine, probably from the North. AR Rahman will compose the music and PC Sreeram will helm the camera.


Thursday, June 28, 2012

Endhiran And 3 Idiots Are India's Highest Grosser - Endhiran - 3 Idiots - Rowdy Rathore - Dabangg - Tamil Movie News -


In today’s scenario, the major parameter that decides an actor’s longevity in the industry is the performance of his film at the box office. The one star who has been able to win big time at the box office is the Super Star. Rajinikanth starrer Endhiran has made it to the all time highest grossers list of India. Endhiran has taken the second spot in the list with a massive Rs 200 crores at the box office. Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots leads the list with Rs 202 crores.
Also on the list are Salman Khan’s Bodyguard and Dabangg, Rowdy Rathore and SRK’s Ra.One. Rowdy Rathore which has been directed by Prabhudeva has already collected Rs 128 crores and is only in its fourth week.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Rajini Not To Compete With Shah Rukh Khan - Rajinikanth - Srk - Tamil Movie News -

Rajini's film Kochadaiyaan will definitely not be hitting the screen this Diwali it appears. The reason for this is twofold. First of all, the makers want to make sure that Rajini's comeback film after nearly two years is absolutely perfect since the expectations will be higher than ever before after Enthiran. 
Secondly, Shah Rukh Khan's film with Katrina Kaif under Yash Chopra's banner will be releasing for this Diwali about which Yash Chopra made an announcement long ago. Rajini and SRK are good buddies and Rajini even gave a guest appearance for Ra - One so they have an unspoken gentleman's agreement not to compete with each other at the box office. Hence Kochadaiyaan's release date has been postponed. But his Tamil fans are still hoping that perhaps the Tamil version at least will be released for Diwali.


Monday, June 25, 2012

Shankar's I Next Only To Endhiran - Shankar - I - Vikram - Samantha - Tamil Movie News -

Shankar is famous for his high budget ventures. Next to fall in the list of Anniyan and Enthiran is I, starring Vikram in the lead. The film, which was earlier titled Therdhal, is expected to be made at a budget of Rs 70 crores.
Aascar Ravichandran is producing the film. It must also be noted that, it was the same combination of Shankar and Aascar Ravichandran which made Anniyan. The film also stars the happening Samantha as the female lead. AR Rahman has been roped in to make music and PC Sreeram will crank the camera.


Rajini's Kochadaiyaan Suffers Delay Because Of Deepika? - Rajini - Ajay Devgn - Tamil Movie News -

Rajini's Kochadaiyaan is practically the most awaited film in the history of cinema especially after the health scare he suffered last year. On his return to India after undergoing treatment in  Singapore, Rajini promised his fans that Kochadaiyaan will be a Diwali release. Now it seems that the film might not make it in time as promised.
The delay is being played down as Rajini fans are likely to be upset. Sources say that the reason for the delay is that Ajay Devgn's Son Of Sardar will also be a Diwali release and Sonakshi Sinha who is the hottest star in Bollywood after Prabhu Deva directed Rowdy Rathor, is the heroine. The makers feel that if Kochadaiyaan is also released at the same time as Son of Sardar, it may affect the collections North of the Vindhyas as Sonakshi is more popular than Deepika Padukone at present. 
The producers however have dismissed these reports though they have not denied that there will be a delay. A spokesperson said that they will leave no stone unturned to deliver a perfect film for the fans and sometimes perfection takes time but the end result will be absolutely worth the wait and Rajini fans will not be disappointed.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Kamal With AR Rahman


Friday, June 22, 2012


Hi Everyone!
It’s been a while… Was busy with the pre production of my next film, which I’ve titled ‘ஐ’. In tamil ‘i’ means beauty, king, guru, astonishment, vulnerability (softness/gentleness) etc. Produced by Aascar Films V.Ravichandran… And music composed by A.R.Rahman…
Starring Vikram, Santhanam, Malayalam super star Suresh Gopi, Ramkumar (Nadigar Thilakam Sivaji Ganesan’s eldest son) and many more… It’ll be my first venture with veteran DoP PC Sriram & writer duo SuBa.
Costume designer of ‘Men in Black’ series Mary Vogt is designing special costumes. Peter Ming of China and our own Anal Arasu will provide the daredevil stunts. Australian Rising Sun Pictures (RSP) who mesmerized us in the Harry Potter series are in charge of the VFX, and will be supervised by Srinivas.M.Mohan. Art Director Muthuraj and Editor Antony also make my team yet another time…
Under A.R.Rahman’s baton, written by Kabilan, a song was recorded recently which was sung by Vijay Prakash.
This is not a political film or about elections…
This is a full ‘N full Romantic Thriller…
The film will go on the floor from mid-July…


Ar Rahman's Sound Of The Sea - Ar Rahman - Kadal - Mani Ratnam - Tamil Movie News -

It’s been a long time since we have had a new album from AR Rahaman. The last one he did was Ek Deewana Tha in Hindi and Endhiran in Tamil. To compensate, the musician has signed in for a number of projects including Mani Ratnam’s Kadal, Gautham’s Yohan and Shankar’s Therdhal.
Now the news is that he has started recording for Mani Ratnam’s Kadal. He is presently recording a song at his studio in Kodambakkam. The students of KM Music Conservatory are crooning the number.


Kochadaiyaan's Plot Revealed - Kochadaiyaan - Rajinikanth - Soundarya R Ashwin - Nassar - Adhi - Tamil Movie News -

It is well known that Rajini is playing a dual role in the much awaited film, Kochadaiyaan. He is playing the role of a father and son in the film. Senior Rajini, Jackie Shroff and Nassar play kings. Senior Rajini fights with Jackie Shroff. The fight continues for another generation where the junior Ragini fights Adhi, who plays the son of Jackie. Who wins and how he wins is expected to be the storyline.
The crew has been shooting in London, Hong Kong, Chennai and Trivandrum. We also hear that the post production team is working day and night for the film. There are also reports that Kochadaiyaan, which was announced to be a September release, might hit the screen post Diwali.


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Nayanthara Is Not A Part Of The Film - Nayanthara - Kadal - Vishnuvardhan - Ajith - Tamil Movie News -

There were reports wandering around the K-town that Nayanthara has been roped in for Mani Ratnam’s Kadal. But, it has come to our notice that she is not playing any role in the film. The sources have disclosed that the Billa actress is not a part of Kadal and that it is just a rumour.
Nayanthara is presently busy with her untitled Vishnuvardhan project starring Ajith, Arya and Taapsee. She is also a part of Bhoopathy Pandian’s film starring Gopichand in the lead.


Rajini, Ajith And Str- What Connects The Three? - Rajini - Ajith - Str - Tamil Movie News -

It’s well known that Ajith is a fan of Rajini. The Super Star too showers affection on the young actor as he came up triumphs in films due to his individual efforts. STR is a big fan of Ajith and the duo share a special bonding. Recently STR has even said that he will watch the first show of Ajith starrer Billa 2. However, above all, what is in the offing is very interesting. All the three actors’ films will clash at the theatres for Diwali.

If reports have to believed,  Rajini’s Kochadaiyan, Ajith’s Vishnuvardhan film and STR’s Vaalu will hit theatres for Diwali.


Friday, June 15, 2012

Kochadaiyaan Cinematographer On His Third - Kochadaiyaan - Rajiv Menon - Tamil Movie News -

Ace cinematographer Rajiv Menon is all set to direct his third film, after his super-hits Misara Kanavu and Kandukondein Kandukondein. This time, he has decided to do a biopic on the legendary classical vocalist Bharath Ratna late MS Subbulakshmi. “This film will be a tribute to the legend,” says a source close to Rajiv Menon.

The cinematographer is presently busy wielding the camera for Mani Ratnam’s Kadal. He has also handled the latest motion capture technology for Rajinikanth starrer Kochadaiyaan.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Nayanthara Jumps Into Mani's Kadal - Nayanthara - Mani Ratnam - Kadal - Gautham Karthik - Thulasi - Tamil Movie News -

As a new and surprise addition, director Mani Ratnam has roped in Nayanthara for Kadal. Though the details of her character are still unknown, we hear that she will be playing an important part in the film. Earlier, there were reports that she was offered a role in Raavanan too, but her busy schedule didn’t allow her to join Mani. But, she has now made it a point, not to miss this opportunity.
Kadal has gone through few changes in the casting. With Gautham Karthik in the lead, Thulasi, Karthika Nair’s sister, has replaced Samantha as the lead lady. It also stars Aravind Swamy, Arjun, Pasupathy, Lakshmi Manch and Thambi Ramaiah.


Vikram-shankar's Next To Go On Floor - Vikram - Shankar - Therdhal - Samantha - Ar Rahman - Tamil Movie News -

Vikram is back after a 60 days shoot in London for AL Vijay’s Thandavam, alongside Amy Jackson, Anushka, Santhanam and Laksmi Rai. He will now start shooting for his next big thing with director Shankar. The film titled Therdhal is expected to be a political drama.

Samantha, who has broken up with Mani Ratnam has given bulk dates to Shankar. The film will go on floor from tomorrow. AR Rahman will be doing the music for the film and PC Sreeram will handle the camera.


Dhanush Goes To Kashi - Dhanush - Kashi - Raanjhnaa - Tamil Movie News -

We all know Dhanush is a man, who wants things to be done perfectly. Recently he has been visiting Kashi (Varanasi) very often, not for spiritual reasons, but for professional purposes. The actor’s maiden Bollywood film Raanjhnaa requires him to speak Hindi in the Banaras accent. For this reason he has been spending time with the locals of Kashi to pick up their style of Hindi.

Anand Rai’s Raanjhnaa stars Dhanush as a Hindi Brahmin boy and Sonam Kapoor as his love interest. Manoj Paramahamsa is cranking the camera and AR Rahman is composing the music for the film.


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Endhiran Rocks Again - Endhiran - Rajini - Tamil Movie News -

Endhiran, dubbed and released in Japan, is proving to be a big success in the country. The film was trimmed to fit into a two-hour slot as most Japanese movies are only two-hours long. According to latest trade reports, Endhiran is doing well at the box office and is posing stiff competition to the Japanese movies.

Earlier, Endhiran was showcased in the TIFF - Tokyo International Film Festival, and it was received well by the audience. Apparently, the Irumbile Oru Irudhayam song is topping the charts in the country.


Rahman's Music In Manmadhan 2? - Rahman - Manmadhan 2 - Silambarasan - Tamil Movie News -

The latest scoop doing rounds in Kodambakkam is that Manmadhan 2 will soon go on floors and that AR Rahman will score for the sequel. Although there is no authenticity whatsoever in the speculations, because there is no confirmation from either side, there are strong vibes to this effect from Silambarasan side.

It's learnt that T Rajender will produce Manmadhan 2. It is also widely believed that since ARR played keyboard for a while in TR's music when he was still a budding musician, Rahman will return the favor by agreeing for Manmadhan 2. As they say, only time will tell.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Suriya To Bag Gautham's Ajith Project - Suriya - Gautham Menon - Amitabh Bachchan - Deepika Padukone - Thuppariyum Anand - A R Rahman - Tamil Movie News -

This is definitely the mother of all exciting news. Yes! Notable director Gautham Menon would be teaming up with Suriya for his upcoming project titled Thuppariyum Anand which was supposed to have been done by Ajith a few years back. Gautham looks like he might revive this project now with Suriya in the lead. This project will commence once Gautham Menon completes Yohan with Vijay and Suriya his other commitments.

And to top it all, Deepika Padukone might be the on screen partner for Suriya. And Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan is also likely to play a crucial role in the film. Music most probably would be scored by A R Rahman and the film will be produced by Gautham Menon's Photon Kathas and Madhan's Escape Artists Motion Pictures. It has been said that the film will be that of a spy genre set in a different period. Suriya and Gautham Menon combo has always worked magic at the box office and for fans, this is going to be an exciting project to look forward to. An official announcement is expected soon. More updates follow!


Saturday, June 09, 2012

Thulasi Or Samantha - Mani's Dilemma! - Samantha - Thulasi - Mani Ratnam - Tamil Movie News -

Veteran director Maniratnam's Kadal seems to have undergone another casting change in the recent past. After roping in Thulasi, Radha's younger daughter, for Kadal Mani dropped her to bring Samantha in because he thought the latter would be apt for the role.

Under these circumstances, sources close to the director claim that Thulasi has been brought back to the film and Samantha, given an elbow. Mani met with Thulasi's parents - Radha and her husband - and Thulasi has been reinducted in the film that stars Karthik's son Gautham in the lead.

Friday, June 08, 2012

Samantha Walks Out Of Mani Ratnam's Kadal - Samantha - Mani Ratnam - Kadal - Tamil Movie News -

Director Mani Ratnam is arguably one of the best directors in the country and actors would do anything to be a part of his films. But it takes more than just guts to walk out of a Mani Ratnam's project. Young Samantha has opted out of Kadal after shooting for a major part of the film. Mani Ratnam is now in search of another girl in place of Samantha.
The Baana Kathadi girl has in her kitty, Gautham Menon’s Neethane En Ponvasantham, Shankar’s next untitled project with Vikram, Venkat Prabhu’s Biriyani, and SS Rajamouli’s Naan Ee. This gutsy move of hers to opt out from Kadal, that too being a growing actress is the talk of the town.


Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Dhanush And Ar Rahman Make Magic - Dhanush - Ar Rahman - Tamil Movie News -

Shooting for Dhanush's Mariyaan with Bharath Bala is proceeding briskly as the first schedule has already been completed in Namibia. A fight sequence supervised by Dilip Subarayan was canned. AR Rahman's music is expected to be one of the highlights of the film and the maestro has already completed three songs.
Apparently, AR Rahman has rendered one of the songs himself and those who have heard it insist that it something special. Dhanush has also penned the lyrics for one of the songs and this is the first time he has collaborated with AR Rahman on a song. The team is hoping that the magic of Kolaveri di will be recaptured by this duo.


Kochadaiyaan In Three Foreign Languages - Kochadaiyaan - Rajinikanth - Tamil Movie News -

Kochadaiyaan is in its final stage of completion and the team is now busy with the post-production works including dubbing, computer graphics, mixing and re-recording. These works are being simultaneously carried out in studios in London, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. The final leg of the shooting was conducted by Soundarya in Hong Kong recently.

Although the release date has not been confirmed yet, sources say that it's likely that Kochadaiyaan will hit the screens by year end. The movie is being released in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Japanese. Also on the cards are plans to release the movie in French and Spanish.

Monday, June 04, 2012

A R Rahman For Ajith's Blockbuster - Ar Rahman - Varalaru - Ajith - Upendra - Tamil Movie News -

It is known and understandable that AR Rahman is one of the costliest and the most sought-after composer in India, and the news is that the Academy Award winner has been roped in to do the music for Godfather, the Kannada remake of Tamil super hit Varalaru that starred Ajith in the lead. But the composer has taken a sum of Rs 1.5 crores for the studio, artists, instruments, recording and re-recording of the film and not a penny for himself.

AR Rahman has composed two original tracks for the film and taken the rest of the tunes from his Tamil hits. He is now doing the BGMs for the film, revealed producer Manju. Upendra is doing the lead role in the film.


Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sachin Met AR Rahman - Tamil Event Images Sachin Tendulkar | AR Rahman | DY Patil Stadium | AR Rahman Concert -

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Mani Ratnam Makes An Interesting Addition - Mani Ratnam - Samantha - Tamil Movie News -

A Mani Ratnam film can be counted on to create a buzz and Kadal with Gautham and Samantha in leading roles is doing just that. Every thing about the film makes news. Aravind Swamy will be returning to the silver screen because of his high regard for his mentor. And as always AR Rahman insisted on doing the music despite his busy schedule.
Now the latest addition to the cast is Devi who played Jiiva's sister in Nanban. She is a famous figure in the Tamil theatre circuit and Mani, who has attended some of her workshops felt she was perfect to essay the role of Gautham's mother. Jeyamohan has penned the script, Rajiv Menon is the cinematographer and Sreekar Prasad is the editor. We hear he is entirely satisfied with his cast and crew and the film is shaping up to be something special.


Monday, May 28, 2012

Samantha In Shankar’s Next - Shankar - Vikram - Samantha - Neethane En Ponvasantham - Jiiva - Tamil Movie News -

Samantha, who is busy with Gautham Menon’s Neethane En Ponvasantham with Jiiva, has been roped in for Shankar’s next big venture. The Endhiran director is all set to start his work for Therdhal, with Vikram in the lead. Apart from Samantha, the film might also have another heroine, probably from Bollywood.
Aascar Ravichandran will produce the film; PC Sriram will crank the camera and AR Rahman will compose the music.


Friday, May 25, 2012

Ar Rahman In Universal Studios - Ar Rahman - Kadal - Kochadaiyaan - Universal Studios - Monkeys Of Bollywood - Tamil Movie News -

AR Rahman is spending his vacation with his family in Los Angeles. The music director who presently has Kachadaiyaan and Kadal in his pockets has taken break and decided to spend some quality time with his children.
In the meantime he is also doing some work for the Hollywood film Monkeys of Bollywood, which he signed recently. He even took his children to Universal Studios for a tour. There he is said to have clustered by his international fans, who wanted to take photographs with him.


Rajini's Daughter Takes A Break From Kochadaiyaan - Soundarya Ashwin - Rajini - Tamil Movie News -

Soundarya Ashwin, who is directing the hugely awaited Kochadaiyaan with dad, Rajinikanth has been very busy. Punishing schedules have been completed in London, Kerala and Hong Kong and Soundarya is exhausted. She has taken off to Kodaikanal for a break with her husband and in-laws.
It is a much needed holiday for Soundarya. She said she wants to relax in the hill station with her family and play a few rounds of golf to recharge her batteries. And then it will be back to the grind and Kochadaiyaan.


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Rajinikanth in Vikrama Simha

Superstar Rajinikanth starrer Kochadaiyaan is moving with a brisk pace. The film’s crew was awestruck with the way Rajinikanth wrapped up his part in four days. Now, the news is that the film will be dubbed in Telugu as Vikrama Simha.
The film’s director Soundarya R Ashwin is looking to release the magnum opus in September. The film is also expected to be released in Japanese, as there is a huge fan following in Japan for the Superstar. 

Madonna Wants To Work With Ar Rahman - Madonna - Ar Rahman - Tamil Movie News -

Everybody wants to work with the evergreen Madonna but Madonna herself is dying to work with AR Rahman, the Academy award winning music director! Madonna said that she is keen to work with ARR at the earliest. She said, "i would like to work with him when the opportunity comes and things work out."
AR Rahman was touched as she also said many complimentary things about him. He said that he will be glad to work with her anytime and thanked her for the nice things she had said about his body of work. 


Friday, May 18, 2012

Rajini returns after Hong Kong shoot

Rajini returns after Hong Kong shoot
"Rajini worked tirelessly for four days in Hong Kong and completed his portions, following which he is back to Chennai. The remaining members of the team will return soon," say sources.
It is said Rajini took a Cathay Pacific flight to reach Chennai. "On seeing Rajini at the airport, passengers and their loved ones rushed towards him for autographs and to pose for photographs. But they were prevented by security personnel," sources say.
Rajini's younger daughter Soundarya R Ashwin's 'Kochadaiyaan' has Deepika Padukone as the female lead. Sarath Kumar, Jackie Shroff, Nasser, Aadhi, Shobana, and Rukmini also play lead roles. Music is composed by A R Rahman.


Rajinikanth's Kochadaiyaan audio release announced!

Rajinikanth's Kochadaiyaan audio release announced!

Rajnikanth is a name that is popular across the country, and is synonymous with style. A Rajni movie is like god's own gift to his millions of fans. Rajni's next movie is Kochadaiyaan, which is making maximum use of the Performance Capture Technology, is expected to bring out our Superstar in a new avatar. The shooting for this movie, which created quite a lot of buzz, right from its muhurat, is going on at quite a rapid pace, with a huge star cast!

The latest buzz surrounding Kochadaiyaan is that its makers have decided to release the audio, soon!Kochadaiyaan, directed by Soundarya R. Ashwin, and with music by Oscar winner A.R. Rahman, is being simultaneously made in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, English and Japanese. The audio is expected to hit the stands, in June!

Gear up folks! Its Superstar time!


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Kochadaiyaan audio in June

Next leg of Superstar Rajinikanth's movie Kochadaiyaan will be shot in Hong Kong. Rajini will participate in the shoots that are likely to be held in one of the renowned studios in Hong Kong. Earlier, director Soundarya Rajinikanth visited Hong Kong hunting for locations.

With this the production of Kochadaiyaan goes into full swing. Touted to be released in September, Kochadaiyaan's music release will be sometime in the month of June according to insiders.

Shankar wants Rajini

Kalpathi S Aghoram has reportedly paid Shankar a dizzying amount to do a film for his AGS Entertainment banner. Shankar is readying the script and the hunt is on to finalize a top hero.

Word is that Shankar as well as the producers are keen to have Rajini in the main role. It remains to be seen whether Rajini will sign on the dotted line however as he is thinking of doing Rana next.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Kadal On Location -

Rajinikanth Leaves For Kochadaiyaan Shooting - Rajinkanth - Soundarya Ashwin - Tamil Movie News -

Rajinikanth left for Hong Kong early  this morning from Bangalore. Soundarya Ashwin, the director of the film was there earlier in March to study all she could about Motion Capture Technology which is to be employed for Kochadaiyaan. Hence the team will be heading there for the next leg of the shoot. 

A major portion of the film has already been completed in London and Kerala. The team is excited about the way the film has shaped up so far and are eager to shoot the rest of it.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Shankar And Vikram To Face 'election'? - Shankar - Vikram - Therdhal - Tamil Movie News -

Post the success of Nanban, director Shankar is busy with his new film. Writers SuBa are penning the screenplay and dialogues. It is heard that the film has been titled Therdhal, meaning election, and Vikram will play the protagonist. There is also a buzz that cinematographer PC Sriram will join Shankar in this venture.  

Going by the name, will the film have political overtones like Mudalvan? Will have to wait and see…

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Kochadaiyaan to be revealed

Kochadaiyaan is one of the most anticipated movies of the year. The film’s two schedules in London and Trivandrum has been successfully completed and the postproduction is in full swing. The buzz is that the teaser of the film is going to be released very soon.
Superstar Rajinikanth and Deepika Padukone shot for a dance number recently in which they both performed bharathanatyam, boasts the team. The film is scheduled to hit the screens only in September but the team is already done with most of the shooting parts. Looks like director Soundarya R Ashwin knows her job pretty well.


Rajinikanth is age conscious?

Rajnikanth, whom his fans believe can do the impossible, doesn’t want to do what is really possible by even an amateur in the industry- to romance a girl. Just imagine who wouldn’t want to romance a beauty like Deepika Padukone. Starting from the smallest star to the most powerful star would queue up to romance her, but not the Superstar.
If reports are to be believed, Rajinikanth had made a request to his daughter Soundarya, to keep the number of romance sequences to the minimum. It seems that he feels bad to romance a girl half of his age. The incident is said to have happened when Saroj Khan, the film’s choreographer had composed a dance sequence that involved moves very rich in romance.  rajinikanth-shatrughan-sinha-08-05-12
Initially, when he was planning to do Rana, he had objected to bring in Sonakshi Sinha as the film’s heroine as he felt it wouldn’t be nice to romance the daughter of his very good friend Shatrughan Sinha.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

AR Rahman honored in the USA!

AR Rahman continues to soar and has been given yet another honor recognizing his musical genius. Miami University presented him with an honorary doctorate for his towering achievements. Rahman accepted the doctorate and made a touching acceptance speech.
The music director said he could not believe that he received personal invites from the President of the United States and his wife inviting him to their country as well as the White House. He thanked the University for recognizing his efforts and also talked about his mother, father, Mani Ratnam, and his Sufi teachers who were all responsible for the things he had done with his life. Hearty congratulations to AR Rahman.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Gautham Menon Opens Up On Yohan - Yohan Adhyayam Ondru - Gautham Menon - Vijay - Tamil Movie News -

Yohan: Adhyayam Ondru is the next film Gautham Menon is going to work on. The film will star Vijay in the lead character. Yohan will be the name of the character Vijay is going to portray. But why Yohan? Why not something like Kandasamy or Velayudham that regional people can relate to?
The ace director has a theory. Yohan is one of the most used names in the world. He believes that, with this title he will have a wider reach for his film. From what we understand, he is probably trying to take this film international. The film is expected to go on floor from May.


Friday, April 27, 2012

Shankar's Choice Is Vikram - Shankar - Vikram - Surya - Nanban - Ar Rahman - Anniyan - Tamil Movie News -

Director Shankar, who just celebrated the 100th day run of Nanban, has already started the work for his next project. For the past few days, there have been various reports on this project, few of which said Suriya will be the lead while the others said Vikram would be the protagonist. But it has now been officially confirmed that Vikram, who last worked with Shankar in Anniyan, will do the lead in the Enthiran director’s next untitled project.
Writers Suba (Suresh and Bala) are working on the dialogues. AR Rahman will compose the music for this film. Lyricist Kabilan has already penned two songs for the film.


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

AR Rahman on Oprah’s show - The Times of India

Oprah Winfrey hobnobbing with the Bachchans and being smitten by Ash's newborn on her maiden visit to India made global news, but this little nugget escaped notice.
TOI has learnt that the talk-show queen, who was in India to shoot for her series, "Oprah's Next Chapter", met AR Rahman to shoot for the show. The episode was telecast in the US on Sunday, and showed Rahman welcoming Oprah to India, and also talking to her about his foundation, the KM Music Conservatory. The choir from the KM Music Conservatory had also performed for Oprah when she was in India.


Kochadaiyaan’s Rana Connection - Kochadaiyaan - Rana - Ks Ravikumar - Rajinikanth - Soundarya R Ashwin - Billa 2 - Tamil Movie News -

We suspect this year’s going to be a year of prequels. While the Billa 2 crew boasts that their upcoming film is a prequel to the 2007 film Billa, KS Ravikumar, the script writer of Kochadaiyaan has come up with a rather interesting revelation. The Dasavatharam director, in a public event said that Kochadaiyaan is more or less a prequel to Rana, a film that was to go on floor before Kochadaiyaan.
Rana was put to a halt due to the illness Rajinikanth developed. KS Ravikumar said that after Rajini recovered from the illness, he was in no condition to perform intense actions that was needed for the film Rana. So he claims that the crew came up with a much subtle film Kochadaiyaan as a prequel to the one to follow.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Kochadaiyaan Surprises Fans - Kochadaiyaan - Rajinikanth - Soundarya R Ashwin - Deepika Padukone - Shobana - Sharath Kumar - Jackie Shroff - Aadhi - Ar Rahman - Tamil Movie News -

India’s first performance capture film Kochadaiyaan was earlier announced to be released on Deepavali. But recently the film’s producers, Media One Global Entertainment have announced that the film will be released in advance. Yes, the film is expected to hit the screens in September. In other words, Deepavali is expected sooner than anticipated.
The film’s crew has already finished their first schedule in Pinewoods studio, London. They are presently in Kerala shooting the rest of the film. The film has Superstar Rajnikanth, Deepika Padukone, Sharath Kumar, Shobana, Jackie Shroff, Aadhi and Rukmini Vijaykumar and is being directed by Soundarya R Ashwin.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Soundarya updates on Kochadaiyaan

Soundarya Ashwin, the director of Rajinikanth's Kochadaiyaan has updated on the film. She tweeted, "Off to Kerala... Kochadaiyaan schedule 2 starts tomorrow". The team has selected the lush locales of God's own country as the ideal spot for shooting a portion of the film. 
The first schedule of the film took place in London and word is that it went wery well. Sarathkumar, Aadhi, and Deepika Padukone are part of the cast and music is by AR Rahman.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Kochadaiyaan Shooting Spot - Tamil Event Images Kochadaiyaan | Rajinikanth | Sarath Kumar -

Bachchan Jr. Surprises Mani Ratnam And Ar Rahman - Abhishek Bachchan - Mani Ratnam - Tamil Movie News -

Abhishek Bachchan was in the city yesterday. The buzz is that he had met director Mani Ratnam in his office and had some discussions. Later he and the director had lunch together at Mani’s place. After his session with the director, he headed to AR Rahman’s house and met up with the composer’s mom.

Previously, the trio had worked together in Raavan, Guru and Yuva. Our hunch says the fourth is on its way.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Rajini Pulls Off Some Great Moves! - Rajinikanth - Kochadaiyaan - Tamil Movie News -

"The Superstar is known more for his style than his dance. However this time, he is all set to display his ability as a versatile dancer in Kochadaiyaan. Word is that there is a 3 minute song sequence that will see him perform the Rudra Thandavam or Lord Siva's dance of destruction. For those who have forgotten their Hindu Mythology, Siva performed the Rudra Thandavam when his  consort, Sati immolated herself at her father Daksha's yagna. The fury of his dance would have destroyed the world if the other Gods had not intervened.

Rajini will be recapturing the magic of this fabled dance in Kochadaiyaan. Needless to say there are some intricate moves involved, and Rajini has pulled them off with aplomb. According to insiders, this particular sequence is simply amazing and fans are going to love it."


Sunday, April 08, 2012

Ar Rahman Honoured - Ar Rahman - Puthiya Thalaimurai - Oscar - K Balachander - D Jayakanthan - V Shantha - Adyar Cancer Institute - Padma Shri Venu Srinivasan - Ms Swaminathan - Grand Master Vishwanath Anand - Tamil Movie News -

Puthiya Thalaimurai news channel conducted an award function in the city yesterday. The channel presented its ‘Tamilan of the year’ awards to six achievers from Tamil Nadu.

The Oscar award winner AR Rahman received his award from the legendary director K Balachander under the arts category. The other five recipients were writer D Jayakanthan under the literature category, V Shantha, chairperson of Adyar Cancer Institute, for her social services, Industrialist Venu Srinivasan, under the industrial category, MS Swaminathan for his involvement in the country’s science and technological development, and Grand Master Vishwanath Anand for his achievements in the game of chess.

Friday, April 06, 2012

Kochadaiyaan Is Kerala Bound - Kochadaiyaan - Rajini - Deepika Padukone - - Tamil Movie News -

It hasn’t been long since Superstar Rajnikanth and team returned from Kochadaiyaan’s London schedule. Now the buzz is that they have planned their next schedule. The crew will soon be off to Kerala for their next shoot. It is said that a magnificent palace will be created there for a shoot involving Rajinikanth, Sarath Kumar and Deepika Padukone.

The crew was shooting for a three week schedule in London’s Pinewoods Studio, using motion capture technology. The film is being made using the same technology, James Cameron used for his block buster Avatar. There is also news that the Superstar will be seen doing a fierce ‘Rudra Thandavam’ (Lord Shiva’s dance).

Ar Rahman's Hollywood Film With Spielberg - Ar Rahman - Steven Spielberg - Tamil Movie News -

AR Rahman's next Hollywood film is a drama called People Like Us and Steven Spielberg is one of the producers. The movie has a stellar cast that includes Chris Pine, Olivia Wilde and Michelle Pfeiffer. Alex Kurtzman is the director.

The trailer is out and the movie is looking great. AR Rahman's score is supposed to be rocking and insiders insist that it is yet another feather in the cap for him. Fans are eagerly awaiting its release.


Thursday, April 05, 2012

Gemini films procures Mani Ratnam's Kadal

According to reports, Gemini film has bought the theatrical rights of Mani Ratnam’s Kadal for a whopping Rs. 25 crores. The distributors have expressed their confidence that the film will do well in the theaters.
Apart from Gautham Karthik, Samantha and Arvind Swamy, the film stars Thambi Ramaiah, Pasupathi and Lakshmi Manchu in important roles. The director even roped in technicians from Hong Kong to create enhanced special effects. Arvind Swamy met with a minor accident during the shoot and had his hand fractured. He is presently on rest.
The film is expected to be released on Deepavali.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Kochadaiyaan- Taking Indian Cinema To A Higher Level - Kochadaiyaan - Rajinikanth - Ar Rahman - - Tamil Movie News -

A fierce warrior with 6 packs like no one has ever seen or had; rock like biceps that can break mountains, a face that can mesmerize anyone, a physique as flexible as elastic- that’s how Soundarya R Ashwin, daughter of superstar Rajinikanth describes her dad and his role in Kochadaiyaan. For the past 20 and odd days, the crew has been shooting at the Pinewoods studio, London. As actor Nassar says, they are all as enthusiastic as children playing with new toys, trying out a new technique in film making, that no one in India has ever dreamt of trying. “It’s a whole new experience”, says Shobana, who is doing a pivotal role in the film.
When asked how it feels to be “The Superstar”, Rajinikanth with his ever diminishing modesty said, “To me every film is like a first film. And personally I think Amitabh Bachchan is the real superstar.” About Kochadaiyaan he said, “It’s something new. The pressure on me is very high as the expectations are. And I’m very happy with Kochadiyaan. It’ll not disappoint my fans”.
On why make an animation film with dad, Soundarya R Ashwin, the director said, “One, I wanted to immortalize my dad and this technique allows us to do things more creatively than what live action movies can do. In my dad’s career, he has never done a role of a warrior.” She also added, “I’m a diehard fan of my dad. We are making sure that we give my dad a new look, like, I have given him 6 packs, biceps and all that”.
Commenting on the musical part of the film, music director AR Rahman said, “In this picture the music has to play a very important role. We decided that with this movie, we have to set a standard for what an Indian animation movie has to be.”
If everything goes well, the emperor of the hearts of Tamil mass will be seen ruling the Indian theaters from Deepavali that falls on November 13th.


Kochadaiyaan Press Meet At London


Kochadaiyaan - Background Music Recording With Ar Rahman