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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Anjali to shoot with Vikram from Dec 10

anjali hot picCinemimi[Wednesday, November 30, 2011]
Anjali is on the way to become a martial arts exponent. Courtesy 'Karikalan' in which she is set to share the screen space with 'Chiyaan' Vikram. The actress is currently learning horse riding and some ancient forms of fighting to equip herself for her role in the period film.

"I am thrilled to work with Vikram since he is one of my favourite actors. I will join him on the sets of Karikalan in Hyderabad from December 10," says the 'Katradhu Thamizh' and 'Angadi Theru' girl who is on a high after the success of 'Engaeyum Eppothum'.

'Karikalan' directed by visual effects expert Kannan has Anjali in the role of a revolutionary woman, who leads a group of people. While Vikram is playing Karikalan, one of the important kings of the Chola dynasty who is credited with doing various good deeds to the people.

Besides 'Karikalan', Anjali will also play the female lead in a new film to be produced by AR Murugadoss, which will have the popular director's younger brother in the lead role. She is currently acting in Sundar C's 'Masala Cafe' which has her 'Thoonganagaram' co-star Vimal in the lead.
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Sunaina in 'Mike Set Pandi'

sunaina letast stillsCinemimi [Wednesday, November 30, 2011]
A name to reckon with in movies set in the rural milieu, director Rasu Madhuravan is ready for his next. Titled 'Mike Set Pandi', the film will have Sabarish and Sunaina in the lead roles.

Sabarish, son of popular stunt choreographer FEFSI Vijayan, made his debut as an actor with 'Markandeyan' recently. "Like Vamsam, Sunaina will have a meaty role to play in Mike Set Pandi too," sources say.

The actress is currently shooting with Vishal for 'Samaran' directed by Thiru, while her 'Thiruthani' opposite Bharath, directed by Perarasu, is getting ready for release.

"Rasu Madhuravan's films generally come with a strong storyline and author backed roles. So Sunaina is happy to sign the movie. She will start shooting for Mike Set Pandi soon," they add.Sunaina-masilamani

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tamil Actor Dhanush Profile

Cinemimi[Tuesday, November 29, 2011]

Actor Nick Name: Dhanush

Real Name: Prabhu Kastoorirajan

Birth Name: Venkat Prabhu

Date of birth: February 25, 1978

Birth Place: Chennai, India

Nationality: Indian

Star Sign: Pisces

Eye Colour: Brown

Hair Colour: Light Brown

Father: Kasthuri Raja

Brother: Selvaraghavan

Spouse: Aishwarya

Venkat Prabhu is a popular Indian actor who appears in Kollywood films under the screen name Dhanush.At the age of 20, he made his Kollywood debut in the film Thulluvadho Illamai in 2002, which was directed by his brother Selvaraghavan.

This movie was a surprisingly huge success and started his career in the industry. This was followed by Kadhal Kondein and Thiruda Thirudi (2003), both of which turned out to be successful at the box office.
With these continuous string of blockbuster his salary skyrocketed to Rs.30 million per film.

However succeeding films tumbled one by one and his career seemed to be have come to a standstill until the release of Pudhupettai. His action venture Sullan (2004) started good but then turned out to be a box office failure. His other films Pudhukottaiyill Irindhu Saravanan, Dreams (2004), Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam (2005) did poorly at the box office.

After a long spell of low budget films, he came back with the Pudhupettai (Dhoolpet in Telugu) which was again directed by his brother but that flopped. However he came back with a blockbuster in 2005 with, Thiruvilayadal Arambam.

His upcoming films are Parattai alias Azhagu Sundaram and Desiya Nedunchalai.

Tamil Actor Vijaykanth Profile

Cinemimi[Tuesday, November 29, 2011]
VijaykanthName: Vijaykanth

Actor Vijaykanth Profile

Real name: VijayarajActor Vijaykanth Photo Gallery

Nick Names: Puruatchi Kalaignar, Captain Vijayakanth,Karuppu MGR, Captain, ‘poor man’s rajinikanth’

Profession: Actor, Producer, Politician

Date of Birth: 25, August, 1952

Birth Place: Madurai

Nationality: Indian

Education: S.S.L.C

School: St.Mary’s , Madurai

Family Father: K.N.Alagarswamy

Mother: Aandal

Wife: Prremalatha Vijayakanth

Sons: Vijay Prabhakar, Vignesh Pandian


Brothers: Nagraj B.A.




Prithiviraj B.E

Sisters: Dr. Vijay Lakshmi Devaraj M.B.B.S.;D.G.O.

Thirumala Devi Muthuraman M.A.B.Ed.

Chitra Rajaram

Meena Kanniah

Shanthi Sakethram

Marriage date: Jan 31, 1990
Best friend: Ibrahim RowtherVijaykanth Femily
Debut movie: nikkum Ilamai

Job held before entering the filmdom: Managing own rice mill

Lucky number: 5

Guru: Guru Sitha yogi Sakthi Bapaji

Birthday: Vowed to celebrate his bierthday in a grand manner only after Prabhakaran wins in Sri Lanka

Favourite Dress: Khadhar Dhoti and Khadhar Shirt

Favourite Colour: White and Orange

Favourite Sport: Gymnastics

Hobbies: Watching action movies, Cricket and Football

Total films acted: 147

Pets: Dogs and Rabbit

Credits his success: to hard work, devotion and some good luck

Monday, November 28, 2011

Well it is almost a year now since 'Baana Kathadi' released.

Cinemimi[Monday, November 28, 2011]
Well it is almost a year now since 'Baana Kathadi' released. Though the film only received lukewarm response from the audience, Atharva's performance was well received. The actor who has now completed his second project 'Muppozhudum Un Karpanaigal' (MUK) is eagerly looking forward to the crowd's response for his second outing.

The actor recently revealed that he plays a software guy, and his character is named Ram in the film. He has only good things to share about his director, Elred Kumar. Though the script demanded extensive homework from the actor's part, and Atharva had doubts if he could shoulder this character, all the same Atharva did not want to miss the opportunity of being a part of this project, revealed the dimpled star.

With Atharva working on the project for nearly a year, he also revealed recently that the film has all the ingredients to click as an all round entertainer with romance, stunts, comedy and guess what some decent dance moves too. His co-star Amala Paul plays Charu another IT professional, and sparks fly when these two characters meet.

The film deals with how a guy's attitude metamorphosis when he is independent to becoming a man in love. Apart from some really intense romance scenes which youngsters might love to watch in 'MUK', the director has also shot the film in some exotic locales, which will sure prove a chill pill for movie lovers.

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Nayantara impersonated!

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If you read any messages on the critical issue of 'Dam 999' ban in TN from Nayantara on her microblogging page, well, it's not her who is posting them!

The actress's profile in a leading microblogging page was active ever since her 'break' from the industry, but it came as news to Nayantara itself that she had a profile on a social networking site!

She expressed that she is not a member of any networking sites and that someone has impersonated her and is chatting with all her fans.

Initially Nayan announced through a media house that she is not the one using this profile to chat with her fans or fellow industry members. But now after the person had posted messages on sensitive issues like 'Dam 999' with Nayan's name, she wants to take this up to the cyber crime officials in the city.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Mayakkam Enna: A celebration of quality cinema

Cinemimi[Saturday, November 26, 2011]
Selvaraghavan and Dhanush have got together for the fourth time for yet another unique venture, Mayakkam Enna that hit the screens worldwide yesterday

Warning: Spoilers Alert

The following article is by a user and is not Cinemimi's take towards anyone or anything. Written by Biju Peter

Mayakkam Enna: A celebration of quality cinema

Sometimes when you watch a movie you might think if any other actor could have done it better than the hero in the film. Mayakkam Enna is one such film where you can think of any class actors like Vikram or Kamal Hassan might love to do. But fortunately, Kollywood has several actors who can do such roles very convincingly irrespective of their looks or experience or fan base. If you thought Aadukalam deserved a National Award for Dhanush then you will be convinced watching this. If you thought he did not deserve then you have to watch this film. He comes out with a powerhouse performance as Karthik, a freelance photographer dying to get a break and stays with you even after you leave the theatre. It's a hattrick for the brothers (after the success of Thuluvadho Ilamai and Kadhal Kondaen) and they deserve a pat on their back for making such a class film.

The movie starts off with an intro about Karthik's life and his passion (photography), his family and his group of friends, who are very close to each other. He wants to become a wildlife photographer and keeps trying hard to join as an assistant to a famous photographer. In the mean time he also takes some freelance assignments. Karthik has a younger sister and they have lost their parents at a very young age. It's his friends who take care of them after that incident. They are all closely bound and most of the time stay at Sundar's (Sunder Ramu) place.

Sundar introduces his girlfriend Yamini (Richa) to his friends saying that she had agreed to date him for some weeks. The friends don't approve their relationship as he did not tell them earlier but later agree to it except for Karthik, who hates her. Karthik and Sundar have a special bonding and they are close to each other than the other friends.

Meanwhile, the hatred between Karthik and Yamini slowly develops in to love and they get married. Turn of events lead to Karthick becoming abnormal, how Yamini manages to continue her life with him and how she manages to get him out of this situation forms the rest of the story. You cannot stop from comparing this film to the earlier films of Selvaraghavan. Some might tell that this movie resembles his earlier movies in parts but I would like to say that those situations are his stamp as a director and he does full justice to the story and the way it's treated. There are several scenes which are fresh and will be remembered for ever like the one where Sundar's dad offers drinks to them to sort out the girlfriend issue, the one where Karthik acts like a dog to get a job as an assistant, the scene where one of their neighbor asks Yamini to vacate the place because of the problems created by Karthik and the scene where Yamini has a miscarriage because of Karthik

The best one for sure will be the scene during the interval, when he goes to pick Yamini from a bus stand when both are at the peak of their hatred to each other. The anger slowly changes into weeping, expression of their worries, a gentle hug, a lively chat and a kiss. This is for sure one of the best engaging intervals I had ever seen for a long time (atleast after Sivaji). Mayakkam EnnaThe background score (GV Prakash) and cinematography (Ramji) are the real backbone for the film and it makes you part of the entire proceedings. GV Prakash is excellent in the rerecording and he smartly keeps it void in many scenes to make it more effective. The songs are placed at right intervals and are shot beautifully. I am sure Kaathal En Kaathal will be a scream in the theatre.

Dhanush has an extremely difficult role to play and does it with ease. Richa though looks little mature for Dhanush, but aptly fits into the role of a stubborn modern woman who manages all issues arising because of her abnormal husband and also guides him to the path of success. She could not have asked for a better role in her debut film. The supporting actors also give a good performance.

Being a budding photographer myself, I really enjoyed this film on a different note too. watching the shots where he photographs wildlife, his passion for photography etc. They say when you see a picture through the lens, time stops and its equivalent to enlightenment. To bring that effect on screen is very difficult but it was shown superbly and each upcoming photographer will cherish this film.

Though the film has several mass elements it could very easily be classified as a film for the class. It's a proof that Kollywood has matured audience and can offer films in all genres. This should definitely fall in your list of must-watch films.

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Tamil Comedy Heros and their History

Cinemimi [Saturday, November 26, 2011]
Goundamani is probably the most memorable and best comedian the Tamil Film Industry has ever produced. He ruled the roost from the late 1970's to 2000 in Tamil Cinema and redefined Tamil film comedy with his unique style. He teamed up with Senthil to produce the best comedy team in the history of Tamil Cinema. Goundamani also known as Koundamani, is known for his typical style of dialogue delivery and variety in comedy. He entertained the people of Tamil Nadu with his different styles of comedy such as SlapStick, double entendre, irony, satire and sarcasm. He is best known for his "lollu", "nakkal" jokes and "Coimbatore Kusumbu".

Goundamani is a household name in Tamil Nadu, India and his name always goes in hand with Senthil another Tamil Comedian who was his sidekick in numerous movies. Goundamani had a strong theatrical background. GoundamaniThis helped him in gaining entry into the Tamil Movie Industry. Initially he did solo comedy in movies such as "16 Vayadhinilae".

Goundamani has also acted as a villian in a few movies and as a hero in a some movies. He was a very good actor being able to adapt to the situation in the movie. His fame reached dizzying heights when he teamed up with Senthil in the super hit blockbuster movie "Karagattakkaran".The duo's antics in the movie, the way in which Senthil always lands Goundamani in trouble or irritates him and the ever green "Valzhaipalam" joke took the Tamil Movie world by storm. It changed the career of Goundamani and Senthil. Now they were no longer just another set of comedians but an integral part of a movie's success. It was to be their first among the scores of movies they acted together, entertaining people with their hilarious comedy.

The Goundamani Senthil combination became virtually unbeatable throughout the 1990's. Any Tamil movie with both of them was bound to be a success. Some of their most famous movies include Gentleman, Indian, Nattaamai etc. Senthil would always land up Goundamani in trouble or irritate him to the maximum. Or ask some of the most stupid doubts and will end up receving kicks from Goundamani; the way they carried out their brand of comedy was very entertaining and the people lapped it up.
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Goundamani also successfully teamed up with other popular heroes like Rajinikanth, Kamala Hassan, Satyraj, Karthik and Arjun. He was also very successfull with Satyaraj and both of them teamed up in many hit movies. Comedians like Vivek, Vadivel have also acted with Goundamani.

Goundamani started acting in fewer movies after 2002 and there was a period of time when he almost stopped acting. Some of his recent movies are Thangam and Suyetchai MLA in which he teams up with Satyaraj.

Recently his daughter Sunitha was married to Venkatachalam in Chennai.

French director pays tribute to Hollywood's classic past with 'The Artist'

BartistBerenice Bejo plays actress Peppy Miller, who ascends to stardom in the new talking pictures, in The Artist." (Peter Iovino)
Leave it to the French to remind us of our Hollywood past.

In the late 1950s and 1960s the New Wave, a group of French filmmakers influenced by classic Hollywood cinema, helped create the idea of auteurs, that directors are the authors of their films.

Because of that, names like John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock and Billy Wilder are as well-known, perhaps better-known, than many stars they put on the silver screen.

Now, French director Michel Hazanavicius has gone to Hollywood to make "The Artist," a film about that crucial time when the movies went from silent to sound.

A French company invading Tinseltown would be noteworthy itself, but more remarkable is that in this age of CGI and special effects, "The Artist" is both black-and-white and silent.

"I think that in some ways part of what this movie is about is a tribute to not only silent films but to classic films like `Citizen Kane,' `Sunset Boulevard' and `Singin' in the Rain,"' says Hazanavicius, 44, known in France for secret-agent spoofs like "OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies."

"The Artist" has already drawn rave reviews and film-festival plaudits, and there is plenty of Oscar talk. Its star, Jean Dujardin, won the best actor award at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

The handsome 39-year-old Dujardin plays George Valentin, an action star of the silent screen a la Douglas Fairbanks who doesn't think talkies will stick in 1927.

But soon the studios are looking for new faces like Peppy Miller (French actress Berenice Bejo), who has always had a crush on George. Her name says it all and she soon becomes a star in the new sound era. As Peppy's fortunes rise, George's reluctance to change becomes costly, and "The Artist," which starts out like a comedy, surprisingly takes a melodramatic turn.

"The challenge was to have a love story," says Dujardin, who had a translator help with the interview. "A pastiche wouldn't have lasted for an hour
and a half."

But even as the story grows darker, Hazanavicius cleverly includes a tried-and-true staple of Hollywood movies, "the dog" - played by a Jack Russell terrier named Uggie - as George's constant companion.

"I thought it would be harder than it was," says Dujardin about working with a canine co-star. "He was a well-trained dog. Even before shooting he knew how to do everything. My job was sausage management because once he finished eating, he wouldn't work anymore."

Hazanavicius didn't realize the importance of the dog when he wrote it.
"I thought it was sort of a funny gimmick," he says.

But since, he has come to see the dog as more important, making George more sympathetic.

"A character beloved by a dog is a character that you can trust," he says.

While American audiences may reference "The Thin Man" with mustachioed William Powell and his little white dog, Asta, Hazanavicius didn't know that movie when he was writing the script.

Instead, he was thinking of the comic-book character Tintin and the French movie "Le Quai des Brumes (Port of Shadows)" with Jean Gabin, both of whichhave canine companions.

Since making "The Artist," the writer-director has been finding other such unintentional coincidences in his movie, which cost less than $15 million to make. It was shot at locations all over Los Angeles, and film buffs will recognize familiar places including the Bradbury Building in downtown L.A., Mary Pickford's house on Fremont Place and the Wilshire Ebell Theatre. They also shot at Warner Bros., Paramount and Red Studios in Hollywood, where the 1931 fight picture "The Champ" was filmed.

A silent film in a modern age presented a number of unique challenges for Hazanavicius. He had his cinematographer, Guillaume Schiffman, shoot at 22 frames per second instead of the standard 24 to give the film a bit of a 1920s feeling. But the director says he "didn't want to do a fake '20s movie.

"The rhythm of the information that you give to audiences today is much more rapid than it was in the '20s," he says.

Hazanavicius says that in writing the script he had to think about both the past and present, but he
definitely didn't want his actors - who include Americans James Cromwell, John Goodman and Penelope Ann Miller - to overemote like silent stars.

To get ready, Dujardin watched a number of silent films, including King Vidor's "The Crowd" and F.W. Murnau's "Sunrise." He also watched films of Italian actor Vittorio Gassman "for movement and physicality" and Gene Kelly "for the energy." The actor says he then took it in subconsciously.

"I nourished myself with all these things but kept my own personality," he says. "It was like a fantasy of myself as a 1920s star." But acting wasn't all Dujardin and co-star Bejo, who is Hazanavicius' real-life partner, had to deal with. They both had to learn to tap dance for key parts of "The Artist," and the director had no intention of giving them a break by doing a "Chicago" on them, meaning shooting with dance doubles from the legs down.

"It would be ridiculous to suddenly change the direction and do something modern," he says. "I wanted to do it like the old days. I wanted to see their bodies."

Shooting in Tinseltown was a thrill for Hazanavicius and Dujardin, but on a 35-day shooting schedule they didn't have much time to take it in. As a French star, Dujardin, who has just signed on for the French romantic spy thriller "Mobius," ironically relished his anonymity.

"I could watch the Lakers at a bar and have a beer after shooting," he says.

Hazanavicius says it hit him he was in Hollywood one morning when he was preparing to shoot at Paramount Studios. "It was really cool. I felt really at home."

This is the third film the pair have done together. (They have since done a short for a multi-director film.)

"We have a Bluetooth relationship," Dujardin says. "He says something and I do it. We don't speak a lot. We do our homework and then we talk and have fun on the set with a little tweaking here and there."

Being a non-talking movie, music was an important element to "The Artist." Even before he wrote the script, Hazanavicius was immersing himself in classic Hollywood scores. He even played them on the set during takes.

The score for the film is by Ludovic Bource, who worked with Hazanavicius before.

"It was very difficult to compose the music," says the director. "It had to be very precise because if it wasn't, you would have lost the story."

For example, the key tap-dancing scene was shot to a Cole Porter tune. Bource's replacement number - "Dirty Tap Dancing" - was written to match the rhythm of the scene.

But film buffs will note one key scene uses the music of a famous Hitchcock film, "Vertigo." Hazanavicius had put "Love Scene" by Bernard Herrmann as a temporary holding piece on the soundtrack but found it "so perfect" that he kept it.

"For that scene, I was actually looking for something very different than the rest of the movie," he says.

Herrmann's music is very intense, fitting the moment in "The Artist." Intense is not something Hazanavicius usually does. While there are plenty of comic moments in "The Artist," the director wanted something more dramatic.

"To me, one of the best directors ever is Billy Wilder," he says. "He was able to do `Some Like It Hot' and `Sunset Boulevard.' I think that his ability to make dramas helped his comedies and the reverse is true."

When asked to name some of his other favorites, Hazanavicius starts rattling off a who's who of Hollywood.

"I love directors - maybe more than actors," he smiles. "I even love some bad directors."

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Vimala Raman 'unaware' of 'Dam 999' story

Cinemimi[Friday, November 25, 2011]
Even as the Tamil Nadu government issued a ban on screening 'Dam 999', a controversial film which is allegedly on the Mullaperiyar issue, Vimala Raman, who has played a crucial role in the movie, has distanced herself from its knot.

"I am an NRI who was born and brought up in Australia. I honestly don't know anything about Mullaperiyar issue. When director Sohan Roy narrated the script to me, I accepted the offer impressed by the storyline and my character," she says.

The 'Raman Thediya Seethai' and 'Poi' actress adds: "I hardly imagined that the film would kick off such a controversy. I am sure that I did not have intention to hurt the sentiments of anyone and I viewed the film from only cinematic perspective."

Vimala, who is currently shooting for a Telugu movie in Manali, says she was told that the movie was based a true story about the disaster caused in 1975 by a dam at Banqiuo, in China. On the uproar caused by the film, she says, "I came to know through friends that the film was banned in Tamil Nadu."
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Vimala Raman 'unaware' of 'Dam 999' story

Cinemimi[Friday, November 25, 2011]
Even as the Tamil Nadu government issued a ban on screening 'Dam 999', a controversial film which is allegedly on the Mullaperiyar issue, Vimala Raman, who has played a crucial role in the movie, has distanced herself from its knot.

"I am an NRI who was born and brought up in Australia. I honestly don't know anything about Mullaperiyar issue. When director Sohan Roy narrated the script to me, I accepted the offer impressed by the storyline and my character," she says.

The 'Raman Thediya Seethai' and 'Poi' actress adds: "I hardly imagined that the film would kick off such a controversy. I am sure that I did not have intention to hurt the sentiments of anyone and I viewed the film from only cinematic perspective."

Vimala, who is currently shooting for a Telugu movie in Manali, says she was told that the movie was based a true story about the disaster caused in 1975 by a dam at Banqiuo, in China. On the uproar caused by the film, she says, "I came to know through friends that the film was banned in Tamil Nadu."
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Rajini, Amitabh laud Dhanush's 'Kolaveri...'

Cinemimi[Friday, November 25, 2011]
Two top icons of Indian cinema, Superstar Rajinikanth and Big B Amitabh Bachchan, have appreciated Dhanush for penning and crooning 'Why this kolaveri....' the '3' song which has become a craze all over India.

Happy about this development, Dhanush, the 'poetu' and 'singeru', says, "It was so kind of the Big B to listen to our song and congratulate us for it. We all are great admirers of him and his words mean a lot to every one of us."

On the reaction from Rajini, his father-in-law, Dhanush says, "The Superstar is very thrilled. He is so happy about the song becoming such a hit. He is proud that Aishwarya has come out of his shadow and has carved a niche for herself in the industry."

The song that came out just days ago has already notched up more than 3 million hits and its fan following includes the young and the old, the commoner and the celeb crowd.

Seldom has any song created such a craze with over 8.2 M links shared on networking sites in less than a week, a Sony Music statement said.

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