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Friday, December 14, 2012



Actress Samantha’s second lip lock

Posted: 07 Dec 2012 09:52 AM PST

Samantha and Nani's lip-lock in the posters of the upcoming romantic entertainer, directed by Gautham Menon, is already creating quite a buzz. This will be her second onscreen kiss after her lip-lock with Naga Chaitanya in her debut Yem Maya Chesave, which was also incidentally directed by Gautham Menon.

The actress has also played the female lead in the Tamil version of the flick which stars Jiiva. The leaked images has fueled thoughts that Samantha and Jiiva could have also shared a passionate kiss in Neethaane En Ponvasantham.
Neethaane En Ponvasantham is a youthful romantic entertainer, which is also simultaneously made in Telugu as Yeto Vellipoyindi Manasu. Gautham Menon has written and directed the film and Samantha has dubbed for herself for the first time in this film.

Music Director Anirudh & Actor Dhanush sold for a huge price

Posted: 07 Dec 2012 09:51 AM PST

The Kolaveri boys are back with their second production. Ethir Neechal has been produced by Dhanush and Anirudh has scored the music. Dhanush has also penned and sung a couple of songs in the film. It has now come to our knowledge that Sony Music has bought the album for an anount that is huge for a small film like Ethir Neechal.

Ethir Neechal has been written and directed by Senthil. The album has six songs – Boomi enna suthude, Un paarvayil, Sathiyama Nee Ennaku, Nejamellam, Ethir Neechaladi and Yo Yo Honey. Anirudh has also made Hip Hop Thamizhan Aadhi and Yo Yo Honey sing a number. The audio will be launched on December 14th.

Director Vasanthabalan, Siddharth & ARR together

Posted: 07 Dec 2012 09:46 AM PST

It's official Vasanthabalan after his critically acclaimed Aravaan has confirmed his next film Kaaviya Thalaivan.
It is a casting coup of sorts as he has roped in Siddharth to play the male lead with music by none other than the 'Mozart of Madras'. The dialogues are by Jeyamohan.
Kaaviya Thalaivan will be an interesting film as Vasanthabalan is for the first time doing a film with AR Rahman and Siddharth. Vasanthabalan is a director who believes in story telling as proved by his earlier films like Veyil and Angadi Theru

Actor Kamal Haasan and Mahesh to clash?

Posted: 30 Nov 2012 11:10 AM PST

It looks like Kamal Haasan's Viswaroopam and Tollywood Superstar Mahesh Babu's Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu are all set to battle it out at the Box Office.
A slew of Telugu films is lined up for release in January and will be giving a tough competition to Kamal Haasan's much-anticipated Viswaroopam (the Telugu release).
In the meantime, Chiranjeevi's Nayak, Venkatesh's Shadow and Mahesh Babu's Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu are also gearing up for a January release. Will all these films get theatres for release or will the Teluguversion get postponed? We will have to wait and watch for that.

Actress Manisha Koirala hospitalized

Posted: 30 Nov 2012 11:00 AM PST

Manisha Koirala, once the darling of cinema buffs across the country has been hospitalized since Wednesday. The 42 year old fell unconscious suddenly and was rushed to the h hospital. The doctors are giving her a thorough check up and it is expected that she will be released once the medical reports are out.
Manisha worked with Mani Ratnam for the super hit film, Bombay and Uyire. Shankar cast this Nepalese beauty in his blockbuster movie Indian opposite Kamal Haasan and later opposite Arjun in Mudhalvan. She was also Rajini's heroine in Baba.
Recently the actress was seen in the Dhanush starrer, Maapillai which was a remake of a Rajini film of the same name. Manya as she is affectionately called played the domineering mother-in-law's role. Behindwoods wishes her a speedy recovery.

Maattrraan Movie Completed a run of 50 days

Posted: 30 Nov 2012 10:54 AM PST

Suriya's Maattrraan, directed by KV Anand has completed a run of 50 days at the box-office. The movie is running in a few screens across the state despite the influx of the new Diwali releases.

Kajal Aggarwal also had a prominent role in this movie which featured Suriya in the role of conjoined twins. The movie dealt with themes like performance enhancingdrugs, genetic sciences and baby designing. Harris Jayaraj composed some hit tunes for the album.
Team Maattrraan ought to feel satisfied at the outcome at the box-office.

Actor Karthi's Alex Pandian – All You Wanted to Know Is Here!

Posted: 10 Nov 2012 11:01 AM PST

Karthi starrer Alex Pandian, directed by Suraaj, is one of the high budget films of the year. This film will depict Karthi in a new avatar that fans have not seen henceforth. Yes, he will be seen as a complete action hero that audiences are going to cherish watching on the silver screens. That doesn't mean that it would be a serious film because the director has included comedy scenes between Karthi and Santhanam to create a laugh riot. In total, Alex Pandian will have some fiery action sequences and amazing comedy scenes. Director Suraaj has proved already that he is adept in handling comedy flicks and Alex Pandian will ascertain that he is good at directing action flicks as well.

The crux of the story is that Karthi is a happy-go-lucky guy who goes to stay as a guest at Santhanam's home. Why Santhanam hates Karthi and how he gains too many deadly enemies forms the rest of the story.

Karthi is an actor who works tirelessly to prove his mettle. He has done some daredevil stunt sequences in Alex Pandian without bothering about the risks. The train fight sequence is just an example of his hard work and commitment to excel in his work.

The glamorous Anushka will be seen flexing her muscles to fight the baddies as well. The entire Alex Pandian unit is full of praises for the actress for her punctuality, hard work and cooperation.

Santhanam as Jallikattu champ and Mano Bala as hunter will offer comic relief while Milind Soman plays the menacing villain. Suman and Mahadevan are the other baddies.

Alex Pandian has been shot extensively in Chennai, Mysore, Pondicherry, Hyderabad, Chalakudy and Mumbai. For the train fight sequence alone, the producers have shelled out about 70 lakhs and the audiences will experience the magnificence and intensity of this fight scene when seeing it on the silver screens.

Art director Prabhakar had erected 12 sets for Alex Pandian and all the song sequences have been shot here.

Devi Sri Prasad has scored the music for the lyrics penned by Vaali, Viveka and Pa Vijay. Stunt master Ganesh has included some great chasing sequences and stunts to make it even more thrilling for the action lovers.

Produced by KE Gananvelraja under his banner Studio Green, SR Prakash Babu and SR Prabhu are the joint producers of this film.

Actress Simran ready to rock again

Posted: 10 Nov 2012 10:42 AM PST

Actress Simran, once the ruling queen in Tamil cinema industry was away from films after getting married. Now the actress is planning to turn as a producer and make a movie under her own production house.

Speaking on her film Simaran said "If the script is good then the film will sure make a hit. Many big budget films fail due to bad script. If we have dedication towards our work then only one can succeed in cinema. There is good response for different genre of films from the audiences and they are expecting this from the makers."
She also brushed aside rumors that she is going to introduce her husband in that film and asked not to believe such rumors.
Simran is known for her slim and well structured hip. But after marriage and becoming a mother she has put on so much of weight.
Now the actress is keen in reducing her weight to shape her structure. Hope so we can see the hip beauty Simran soon. After the marriage the actress entered small screen as the host of the popular show Jackpot in Jaya TV.

Actor Kamal Haasan to release 3000 prints of ‘Viswarropam’

Posted: 10 Nov 2012 10:41 AM PST

Kamal Haasan's upcoming spy thriller Viswaroopam (Tamil) has been cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification with a U certificate with minor cuts, while the Hindi version titled Viswaroop got A rating without any cuts.

It is said that Kamal Hassan would release 3000 prints of the movie but the release date is yet to be finalised.
"Totally 3000 prints are to be release. I've poured all my energy and focus into Vishwaroopam now. I can't think of Hollywood project until my current one is complete. Although I have put the idea for the English project together, but I believe it still needs some fine tuning" said Kamal.
Once the release date is decides, I would make an announcement. To understand the movie one needs some general knowledge and worldly wisdom," he added. It is to be noted the Viswaroopam is the first movie in Indian to have Auro 3D sound technique used in it.
Written, directed and co-produced by Kamal himself, the film stars Pooja Kumar, Andrea Jeremiah, Rahul Bose, Jaideep Ahlawat, Nassar, Zarina Wahab and Miles Anderson in important roles. Shankar, Eshaan and Loy have composed music for the film, while Sanu Verghese has handled the camera.

2 Days to Diwali

Posted: 10 Nov 2012 10:33 AM PST

Finally three days before Diwali, the films releasing in Tamil for the festival of lights has been firmed up.

They are Ilayathalapathy Vijay's Thuppakki, STR's Podaa Podi, Thangar Bachchan directed Ammavin Kaipesi and little known Kasi Kuppam. All these films have announced their release date with censor certificate and theatre listing.
Vijay's Thuppakki Chengalpet distribution has been firmed up with market guru Aascar Ravichandran snapping the rights at a fancy price. Advance booking started in all theatres in Chengalpetu area from yesterday evening.
In Chennai city where bookings started from early morning on Friday, the response has been very good with most of the 'plexes being sold out for the first two days.
STR's Podaa Podi which got it's censor certificate late yesterday evening will start its advance booking from Sunday. Ammavin Kaipesi too has announced that their advance booking too starts from Sunday.
Meanwhile Shah Rukh Khan's Diwali Dhamaka and Yash Raj Films tribute to their mentor and maker Yash Chopra's Jab Tak Hai Jaan (JTHJ) is releasing in a dozen screens in Chennai city and suburbs.
The advance booking for the film has been very good.
Ajay Devgan's Son of Sardaar too has got 9 screens in Chennai city with most of the multiplexes giving them small screens, as their priority is JTHJ.

Actress Samantha bags a biggie with Suriya

Posted: 06 Nov 2012 11:02 AM PST

Looks like Samantha has baaged herself a biggie this time around. Waiting for a upcoming release with Gautham Menon's Nethanae En Ponvasantham opposite Jiiva, Samantha has been roped in to Lingusamy's next starring Suriya.

There were reports that Lingusamy was searching for a heroine to play Suriya's ladylove in his forthcoming production and direction venture.
Suriya is currently working on Singham 2 and would start to work with Lingusamy next. Impressed hearing the script, Suriya agreed to do the movie and search began for the heroine. The names of Anushka, Kajal Agarwal, Hansika did the rounds.
Eventually Lingusamy and Suriya have settled for Naan Eee and Nethanae En Ponvasantham fame Samantha to settle for the role.
Samantha is busy with her shoots for Gautham Vasudev Menon bi-lingual Neethaane En Ponvasantham (NEP) in Tamil and Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu (YVM) in Telugu, but the buzz is that she has signed on the dotted lines.

Actress Nayantara plays ‘Silk’ Smitha in The Dirty Picture!!

Posted: 12 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT

It's final now. After weeks of speculation and dilly-dallying, the makers of the Tamil remake version of the Bollywood super-hit film The Dirty Picture have finally decided as to whom to cast in the role essayed with aplomb by Vidya Balan in the original version which resulted in her bagging the coveted national award for 'best actress'.
Petitions which were filed against the making of The Dirty Picture were quashed and the film ultimately ended up as a high-grossing film at the box-office. The kind of response the film elicited from the audiences has made more and more produces think seriously about remaking the film in their respective regional languages.
Nayanthara, who is on a comeback trail in Tamil films, has been chosen to play the lead role in the film, has reportedly demanded and has been assured of a huge sum for the film. It is said that she has agreed to act in many sexy and 'steamy' sequences.

Actor Prasanna,Sneha to go to US?

Posted: 12 May 2012 11:49 AM PDT

All is well. This is how the wedding of Prasanna and Sneha, which took place on Friday, can be described in one sentence. Within a week's time from now, the happy couple will start their honeymoon trip, say circles close to them.
"Sneha and Prasanna are willing to go to the United States, as it was there their love journey started. Remember they had acted together in Achamundu Achamundu which was shot entirely in the US," sources say.
"Some places in the US are so close to their hearts. Hence the love birds will go there as part of their honeymoon trip," sources say, adding: "But a couple of other destinations are also on the cards."
The marriage and reception at Sri Varu Venkatachalapathy Palace Kalyana Mandapam were well attended by the couple's friends, relatives and colleagues. It was a grand, traditional wedding with the blessings of elders in both the families.

Actor Prabhu Deva's Assistant Comes Up With Yen Intha Mayakkam

Posted: 12 May 2012 11:47 AM PDT

Rainbow Creations is producing a film that is being directed by Shakthi Vasanth Prabhu who had apprenticed under Prabhu Deva. He had also worked with director Tharun Gopi and dialogue writer Prabhakaran. The film titled Yen Intha Mayakkam deals with the misuse of mobile phones and laptops and the harsh realities associated with it.

The scientific advancement has paved way for the use of these gadgets even among the teenagers. Several teenagers are seen talking on their mobiles or using their laptops for the wrong purpose. This certainly has an adverse effect on the society and Yen Inthan Mayakkam portrays this very engagingly.

Velmurugan, who was Nirav Shah's assistant, is handling the camera for this film.

Newbies Rajiv Kumar and Rithika play the lead pair with another debutant Sorna playing the second heroine. While Rithika is a Bangalore based model, Sorna is a participant in the Maanada Mayilaada Season 7 show.

The shooting has been in progress in various places in Tamil Nadu and the last leg has commenced recently. Yen Intha Mayakkam is aimed to create a social awareness.

NEP Audio rights for record price?

Posted: 12 May 2012 11:45 AM PDT

Maestro Ilaiyaraaja's achievements, status and stature in the Tamil film industry are unparalleled. The moment a film is announced with Ilaiyaraaja's music, expectations start building up among his fans in particular about his music and in general about what the film might have to offer. Ilaiyaraaja, who started his musical sojourn in the mid-seventies, has been going strong for more than 35 years now and finds himself in an unassailable position despite him taking a break from composing music for most part of the last decade.
That gap allowed his son Yuvan Shankar Raja, a highly talented individual, to cement his palce in the industry. Now, Ilaiyaraaja is back and is back with a bang. One of his major upcoming films would be Needhanae En Ponvasantham (NEP) directed by Gautham Menon. This is the first time Menon is working with Ilaiyaraaja in his decade-long career as film-maker in Kollywood.
The film's audio rights are presently in the process of negotiation. Reports say that Sony Music has reportedly offered an unprecedented sum of 2 crore to bag the audio rights of the film which stars Jiiva and Samantha in lead roles in the Tamil version while Naani replaces Jiiva for the Telugu version. Menon might finally settle for 2.50 crore, it is further reported.
If the deal is struck, the cost the film's audio-rights would easily overtake that of Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaaya, Menon's earlier film which had music by A.R. Rahman.

Actor Vikram to team up with Shankar for ‘Thendal?

Posted: 12 May 2012 11:43 AM PDT

Post the stupendous success of 'Nanban', a guessing game was on as to who will celebrated director Shankar team up with for his next and a number of names, from Suriya, Vikram to Kamal Haasan were rumored.
The rumors came to an end as Shankar has reportedly met few in the industry regarding the pre-production work and it is as good as official that he will be teaming up with Chiyaan Vikram for his next.
Now, rumor mills are working overtime that the director will be helming a project on elections and that it has been tentatively titled 'Thendral'. Dialogues are touted to be penned by writers Suba and cinematography by PC Sriram.
Vikram who is currently shooting for his forthcoming high voltage action entertainer 'Thaandavam' in foreign locales will be back in a few weeks following which the pre-production and first look work on the film will begin.

Actor Vijay's Yohan – Gautham Confirms

Posted: 12 May 2012 11:41 AM PDT

Vijay starrer Yohan – Adhyayam Ondru, which director Gautham Menon announced last year, will commence in July. Confirming this, the director has said that the journey will start from July onwards. Gautham Menon is busy with the bilingual Nee Thaane En Pon Vasantham and Vijay has the AR Murugadoss directed Thuppakki.

Both these films are on the verge of being completed and is expected to be wrapped up by June end. Following this, the director and the star have decided to go ahead with their most expected film Yohan – Adhyayam Ondru.

Gautham is planning this as a franchise on the lines of the James Bond series but has said that it will depend on Adhyayam Ondru's reception.

Tamil Stars Congratulate to Vijayakanth Stills Photos

Posted: 15 May 2011 11:34 AM PDT

Kollywood Stars Congratulated Vijayakanth for Tamil Nadu election 2011 Victory. Ilayathalapathy Vijay, Tamil Director Ameer Sultan, Cheran, Actor Vijayakumar, LK Sudeesh wished DMDK Party leader Vijayakanth for winning of 28 Legislative Assembly Members of Tamilnadu.

Ajith’s Signs 5000 ‘Mankatha’ Posters, Literally!

Posted: 14 May 2011 10:32 AM PDT

Ultimate Star Ajith starrer 'Mankatha' seems to be the most expected movie so far this year. Recently, the movie's trailer was launched during 'Azhagar Samiyin Kudhirai' in multiplexes and audience roared with joy watching their thala on big screen.

Sony BMG will be launching the audio of 'Mankatha' on May 20. The CD will have a single track 'Vilayadu Mankatha…' and is priced at Rs 49, and wait, that's not that. The CDs come with a poster signed by thala Ajith itself! It's no usual signature where a hero signs one poster and the rest are digitalized, Ajith wanted to please his fans and is using all his breaks in three days and is signing all the 5000 posters by himself! The poster has him donning a look never seen before and is a landscape one. It's a look that will prove the buzz that was making rounds recently about the movie. Now we're sure fans will be thronging to music stores on May 20 not just for Yuvan's score but to get a glimpse of their thala and bag his autographed poster...

The song is sung by Yuvan Shankar Raja, Ranjith, Premji Amaran, Anita and Sucharitha, a new talent introduced by Yuvan. The song is set in Bangkok in a club – Club Hollywood, and was shot for four consecutive days.

Yuvan was also present during the shoot although he did not come on screen and dancers from Bombay and Bangkok danced for the peppy number. The disco club's real speaker was utilized that made dancers shake their legs even off screen! We also hear that a lot of the crowd in the song are people who actually visited the club during the shoot, giving it a more 'reality' feel.

Paring with a song set in a club, Yuvan has had his lyrics in a mix of Tamil, Hindi and English. While Gangai Amaran penned the Tamil parts, Yuvan worked on the English and Sucharitha on the Hindi lines.

Well, looks like 'Vilayadu Mankatha' will make waves in DVD stands, especially with thala's actually signed signatures!

'Ko' and its king-size victory

Posted: 14 May 2011 10:30 AM PDT

Two types of success stories are there in Tamil cinema. One is scripting history, and the other, rewriting it. 'Ko' fits well into both these categories, and we are not saying this without reasons.

The Jiiva-starrer directed by K V Anand penned a history of its own by shattering all box-office records in the very first weekend of its release. And it fulfills the second criteria by rewriting age old formulae of commercial cinema. In other words, the film is very much within the commercial format, but at the same time it is different too.

When we asked a film pundit to comment on 'Ko' and its success, he said, "At a time when directors prefer to handle the story, screenplay and dialogue departments too, Anand was clear that his job was to wield the megaphone alone. He had a solid backup on this front in the form of Subha, who are established writers. They came up with a superb script which was executed well by Anand."

He added: "Though he is a popular cinematographer, Anand stayed away from this task too. He asked one of his former assistants (Richard Nathan) to take care of photography and gave his entire attention only on directing the film. And the result was there on screen."

The movie's most important asset, needless to say, is Harris Jayaraj's music. Knowing well the pulse of the audience and the needs of the script, the music composer came up with sizzling songs and scintillating background score, which helped a lot to the success.

If the above things are the hidden strengths of 'Ko', the visible one was the performance of artistes. Most media persons who had watched the film were perhaps ready to accept Jiiva as their colleague, as the actor played beautifully the role of a press photographer.

And from Karthika, Piaa, Ajmal and Prakashraj to those who had appeared in one or two scenes (the woman who played the mother of an innocent school going girl could be a good example) provided enough support to the film.

Last but not the least, Anand himself was a press photographer years ago. For obvious reasons, this crucial factor could have provided him more interest on 'Ko', besides enabling him to hold a firm grip while picturising the script.

All these things, coupled with the support from the media, has made the film produced by R S Infotainment and distributed by Red Giant Movies, a landmark movie of 2011.

A good picture is equal to a thousand words, they say. 'Ko' is just that.

An upbeat Vijay promotes Velayudham

Posted: 14 May 2011 10:28 AM PDT

Promos of Vijay's upcoming film, Velayudham were aired on Jaya TV even as Jayalalitha registered a thumping win against her political opponents. The timing was perfect as all eyes were glued to the TV watching the election drama unfold.

The trailer opens to the foot-stomping beats of the title track, and shows a fully charged Vijay kicking booty big time. The three heroines – Genelia, Hansika, and Saranya Mohan were also shown in glimpses and sweetened the viewing experience considerably. Looks like one pataka of a film!

Zarine Khan is Vikram’s heroine

Posted: 14 May 2011 10:23 AM PDT

Vikram had signed up for a movie with debutant director, Kannan who has made a name for himself as a special effects whiz. The film is going to be a visual extravaganza and will be called Karikalan. The two of them searched high and low for a suitable leading lady and finally zeroed in on Zarine Khan.

Zarine made her debut in Salman Khan's Veer and played a Princess in the movie. This will be her first foray into Tamil cinema. Actor Pasupathy also has an important role in Karikalan. The music will be composed by Harris Jayaraj. Karthik, will be the cinematographer and the film is to be produced by Silver Line Film Factory.

All in the family!

Posted: 14 May 2011 10:20 AM PDT

With a never-ending time crunch and mostly nuclear families we hardly find time to spend with our nearest of kin. We rarely devote time to thank our family members who stand by us through thick and thin. Let us at least from this year on save some time to be with our near ones and spend quality time in their midst.

We celebrate Mother's day, Women's Day, and Valentines Day with all enthusiasm, but we never seem to have paid much heed to the International Day of Families. The United Nations celebrates its international Day of Families every year in May. This year it will be celebrated on May 15.

On this day dedicated to families we bring to you some of the most popular families in Tamil cinema who have dedicated their time and energy to Kollywood and have stood by their near ones through thick and thin.

The first family in Kollywood headed by Superstar Rajinikanth has been in the limelight most of the time. The superstar has infallible support from his better half Latha Rajinikanth who has been a pillar of strength for the superstar through all times. The superstar's two daughters Aishwariya and Soundariya, the former who is married to actor Dhanush is a Kalaimamani award winner from the Tamil Nadu Government. Soundariya is married to Ashwin, an industrialist, and she heads the Ocher Picture Productions. This high-profile family has stood together through good times and bad and has been a model for many families in and outside the industry.

The Sivakumars' can be a standing example for the how a happy, healthy family should be. Siva Kumar who is a very principled man can be proud that he is heading a very successful family. With both his sons Saravanan Suriya Sivakumar and Karthik Kumar doing wonderfully in Tamil, the actor has always been very practical and down to earth. He has a daughter Brindha who is married and settled. The lady behind this successful family is Lakshmi Sivakumar who, though limelight-shy, has provided a loving hearth. Suriya is happily married to Jyothika and is touted to become the next big name in the Tamil industry.

Late actor 'Chevalier' Sivaji Ganesan's sons Ram Kumar Ganesan and Prabhbu Ganesan have contributed a lot to the film industry. After leading the Tamil cinema industry from the front in the early 80s and early 90s, Prabhu has joined his elder bro Ram Kumar and began producing films. Now the third generation from the veteran actor's family, his grandson Sivaji too, has acted in a film titled 'Singakutty' which released in 2008.

Editor Mohan's family too has had a good spell in Tamil industry. Though Mohan has contributed to the industry from behind the camera his son 'Jayam' Ravi has had a good spell as a hero. Ravi's latest offing 'Engeyum Kadhal' is having a decent run at the box-office. Ravi's elder brother Raja too has contributed good films to the industry wielding the megaphone. He is at the moment busy with the final shooting of Vijay

starrer 'Velayudham.' Ravi is married to Aarthi and the couple has a loving son.

Director Kasthoori Raja is well known for his famous sons more than his films these days. While Selvaraghavan, his first son has received rave reviews from critics for his films, Dhanush has garnered a firm place as a hero in the hearts of the Tamil audience. While Selvaraghavan thinks out of the box, Dhanush dares to do different and challenging roles.

Next in the line is Jeeva. The actor is toasting in the thumping victory of his latest release 'Ko.' His producer dad R.B. Choudhary too is a well-known name in the South Indian film industry. Jeeva's brother 'Jithan' Ramesh is an actor waiting for the right break in Kollywood.

In the musical field too, there are some well-known families who have contributed immensely to the music. The most noted being the family of 'Isaignani' Ilayaraja who undoubtedly has mesmerized the listeners with his enthralling tunes. Now his next generation, son Karthick Raja, Yuvan Shankar Raja and Bavatharani all of who are composers as well as singers have contributed their bit. The most notable being Yuvan, who seems to be a favorite among the young.

Gangai Amaran who is a well-known singer is Ilayaraja's brother. His son Venkat Prabhu is a promising director in Tamil cinema. Venkat's sibling Premji is an actor noted for his amusing performance.

We should also mention the 'Gana gandharvan' K.J. Yesudas, who has fans across the globe for his mesmerizing voice. His son Vijay Yesudas too is a singer in the South Indian films who sure makes his father proud.

There are also other important father-son bonds which have done quite well in Tamil Nadu like S.A. Chandrasekar and Vijay, T Ragendran and Silambarasan, Bharathiraja and Manoj, SP Balasubramanium and son SPB Charan, Thyiagarajan and Prashanth, couples Sarath Kumar and Radhika, Ajith-Shalini, director Sundhar C. and Kushboo, Vijayakumar and Manjula. There are also many yesteryear couples who have contributed tremendously to Tamil cinema.

Hansika Bumps Into Fans

Posted: 14 May 2011 10:19 AM PDT

Kollywood's new face Hansika Motwani surely knows how to stay in news. She apparently went to Sathyam Cinemas in Chennai to watch her film 'Engeyum Kaadal'. Audience who recognized her instantly mobbed her. Hansika says she is overwhelmed with joy for their love and fan-hood.

"I was shooting for my film 'Oru Kaal Kannadi' in Sathyam Cinemas. I thought I will sneak into the theatre which is screening my film and I was surprised to see audience respond towards my presence. I am born and brought up in Mumbai and I never expected so much love from audience in this part of the country. I turned emotional at their love and had tears rolling in my eyes. My responsibility towards my films increased to 200% now," added an excited Hansika.

Hansika is currently working on two Tamil flicks, 'Velayudham' and 'Oru Kaal Kannadi.' Hansika is currently doing 'Kandireega' with Ram and she also has 'Oh My Friend' with Siddharth in Telugu. Speaking of Telugu films, she took a break for a while and is now desperately looking for a big break in film industry.

Priest 3D is chilling

Posted: 14 May 2011 10:16 AM PDT

Priest starring Paul Bettany and directed by Scott Stewart was released on May 13th and is sending chills down the spines of viewers. Bettany and Stewart have come together after the success of their 2010 film, Legion. The eerie plot and stunning special effects of Priest make for one spectacular film.

Based on a Korean comic, Priest takes us into a world where humans and vampires have been battling it out for ascendancy for as far as anyone can remember. In a decisive battle, the Vampires are destroyed and the humans seek refuge in a secret location in the middle of the desert. When the warrior Priest's (Bettany) daughter is kidnapped by the Vampires he defies his superiors in the Church who have led the fight against the Vampires and teams up with his daughter's boyfriend (Cam Gigandet) and a Priestess (Maggie Q) to get her back and crush the Vampires forever.

The film was delayed in order to convert it into 3D and enhance the spectacular action sequences. The makers and audiences alike seem to be happy with the results.

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