- Maatran at Stan Winston Studios
- Shankar Denies Rumors About Vikram
- Jayam Ravi in Samuthirakani’s movie
- Vikraman’s new venture
- Tamil film producers seek Jayalalithaa’s help
- I don’t want politics: Kamal
- Kollywood Crisis- 10 days of no shoot!
- Billa 2 – what happens if the May Day is missed?
Posted: 31 Jan 2012 02:23 AM PST
Posted: 31 Jan 2012 02:17 AM PST
So his next film will be a full-fledged action thriller and the lead actors for the project are still under consideration. 'I will be finalizing the lead actor by March and we haven't finalized anyone – Vikram or Ajith for the film' tots up Shankar.
Posted: 31 Jan 2012 02:13 AM PST
Says Jayam Ravi, 'I have always wanted to work with Samuthirakani. In fact, talks are on with the director regarding a film. However, we haven't zeroed on any script yet.
At present, I already have too many in my kitty. So, I have decided to slow down a bit and take one step at a time.'
However, the actor has also made it clear that only after completing Kalayana Krishnan's 'Boologam' and SP Jananathan's film, he will start shooting for Samuthirakani's project.
Posted: 31 Jan 2012 02:12 AM PST
blockbuster movies like Poove Unakaga ,Suryavamsam,Unnidathil Ennai Koduthein.
After his earlier venture Chennai Kadhal which had Bharath and Genelia bombed at the office box, the director maintained a low profile . But , now the director has started his new venture titled "Ilamai Natkal" that will feature lot of new faces . The movie is said to be the story of +2 students and their experiences.The crew will be soon flying to Norway and Iceland to shoot few songs in exotic locations.
Posted: 31 Jan 2012 02:10 AM PST
producers and the crew unions, the Tamil Nadu producers council held an emergency meeting late Monday and appealed to chief minister J. Jayalalithaa to intervene as millions of rupees, mostly borrowed at high interest rates, were at stake.
"This impasse has badly hit the (film) industry. It is not just the money locked up, but also the livelihood of hundreds of workers. We hope the chief minister will intervene and set things right," producers council chairperson S.A. Chandrasekar told DC.
The crew unions, coming under the umbrella label film employees federation of south India (FEFSI), are demanding an increase in emoluments, pointing out that the wage revision effected every three years was due for negotiation early 2011 but the producers were dodging the issue.
The council has taken the stand that the hike demanded by FEFSI was unreasonable and done unilaterally.
FEFSI, too, had made a representation to the chief minister a few days back, seeking her intervention.
The directors union announced wage revision for directors, associate directors and assistant directors Sunday. Mr Chandrasekar was not willing to comment on it.
"The producers should plan shoots better to cut costs. It is not fair to give low salaries to labourers," says associate director Chandra. She says though the stand-off has affected many families, the issue has to be sorted out since it 'was more a rights issue'.
With the stand-off affecting many films under production, producers and FEFSI members hope the state will intervene and sort out the issue.
Posted: 31 Jan 2012 02:08 AM PST
interest to enter politics and make a name for him, Kamal Hassan is a rare exception.
The actor who is against foraying to politics, says, ' people ask me why I haven't joined politics and when I say, I don't wish to, they turn around and say, 'but there's so much money in it!' So even the common man sees politics as a means to make money'.
He is currently busy with Viswaroopam , an Rs 100 crore film which is directed and enacted by him.
Posted: 31 Jan 2012 02:07 AM PST
The year 2012, has started on a bad note for Kollywood.
A dispute over wage revision between Tamil Film Producers Council (TFPC) and workers union led by Film Employees Federation of South India (FEFSI), has brought the Tamil industry to a grinding halt.
There has been no shooting of any films in Chennai for the last 10 days, due to the stand-off between the producers and unions.
Many meetings between the warring factions of the film industry have been called by mediators but it has only further strengthened the resolve to strike work.
Says an industry observer: " Nearly 50 films big and small shooting has been stalled. The impasse has badly hit the industry as thousands of daily wage workers depending on the film industry are virtually on the streets".
The bone of contention is that the wage revision effected every three years was due for negotiation early 2011, but producers are dragging their feet over it.
TFPC feels that the success percentage of Tamil films is hardly 6 to 8 %, andcost of production has gone through the roof. They feel hike demanded by FEFSI is unreasonable and done unilaterally.
The impasse has badly hit the production sector as nearly 50 films have been delayed due to this "unofficial strike". Both TFPC and FEFSI have hardened their standand refusing to hold meetings for an amicable settlement.
The ball is now in the state governments court, as both the groups want official intervention.
Posted: 31 Jan 2012 02:04 AM PST
According to the new rule imposed by the Tamil Film Producers' Council, all films made on a big budget with leading heroes in the tinsel town should be released only during the five festive days allotted for the purpose. Therefore, it is now certain that Billa 2 would hit the screens either on April 14th or May Day. If it is May Day, Ajith fans will be the happiest because it happens to be his birthday.
On that other hand, if the producers miss the date, then Billa 2 would see the light of the day only on August 15th which is a few months away.
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