Sunday, May 30, 2010

Germany Vs Bosnia Preview

Joachim Low's Germany side will take on Bosnia on Thursday as their final preparation for their opening game against Australia.

The match in Frankfurt's Waldstadion, just a stone's throw from the German Football Association's headquarters, is Germany's last before they fly out to South Africa on Sunday and Low is using it as a dress rehearsal for the clash with the Socceroos on June 13.

"We want to get ourselves into shape for the first group game against Australia," said Low.

"We also want to leave our fans with a football festival and get them onto our side, and we would also like to end our World Cup preparations with a success if possible."

Low may be prevented from picking his first choice XI due to a stomach bug which kept goalkeeper Manuel Neuer out of training yesterday.

Should the Schalke custodian miss out, then Tim Wiese of Werder Bremen will step in, according to the hierarchy unveiled by the goalkeeping coach Andreas Kopke.

Elsewhere in the team, Low will try out his new central midfield pair of Sami Khedira and Bastian Schweinsteiger, although they have never played together from the start before and the pair have been getting to know each other in training this week.

"It is a shame that we did not have more time to get used to playing together, but I cannot see any fundamental problems," said Schweinsteiger.

"I have faith in Sami's ability and good players always get on well together on the field."

Philipp Lahm will lead the team out for the first time as the new Germany captain and he is eager to show the world what the Euro 2008 runners-up are capable of.

"Despite all of the players who have dropped out injured, we still have a team who can achieve a lot at the World Cup," he said. "We want to show that in this warm-up match."

Low's only real headache is in attack, where Miroslav Klose looked far from his best form in a 3-0 win over Hungary at the weekend.

His place is therefore under threat from Cacau, the man who replaced him and scored in Budapest, and Stefan Kiessling, the highest-scoring German player in the Bundesliga last season.

After tomorrow's match, the Germany players will be given two days off to spend with their families before returning to Frankfurt on Sunday for their flight out to South Africa, arriving less than seven days before their campaign begins in Durban.

Gerrard To lead the attack

Sir Geoff Hurst reckons Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney could be the most effective partnership for England.

Having decided on his final squad yesterday, manager Fabio Capello now has 10 days to decide on his starting XI before England take on the USA in Phokeng on June 12.

For the majority of his time in charge, the Italian has chosen to adopt a 4-4-2 formation with Rooney being partnered by a targetman usually in the shape of either Emile Heskey or Peter Crouch.

Capello has tinkered with his formation at times though by choosing to employ a 4-5-1 formation with an attacking midfielder positioned just behind Manchester United striker Rooney.

Gerrard is familiar with that role having played there all season supporting the Reds talisman Fernando Torres, making him an ideal candidate for the role at international level according to 1966 World Cup hero Hurst.
"I am convinced that 4-5-1 is the formation he should play," he said.

"I think that our best combination up front to compete with the best would be Rooney and Gerrard - they would arguably be the best partnership in world football.

"Wayne has played well on his own up front. If you had asked me two years ago then I would've told you he wouldn't be able to do it. He has had a magnificent season though and for a lot of the games he has played up front alone in that system.

"I think Steven Gerrard's best position is where he plays for Liverpool - just off Fernando Torres.

"He and Wayne already have a tremendous working relationship. I've seen that when they play for England. They haven't played too many games up front together but when they have there have been instances where they have shown a good understanding and together I think they can be a very dangerous pairing, certainly towards the latter part of the tournament."

Fears about Rooney's participation in the tournament were raised when the Manchester United striker picked up ankle and groin injuries towards the end of the Barclays Premier League season.

United's top scorer has also struggled with his form for England recently, failing to find the net in his last six internationals.

That is not a worry to Hurst, however, who believes that the 24 year old can end the tournament as top scorer if he stays fit and gets the support he needs from the rest of the team.

"I'm not worried about his form, not at all," said Hurst.

"Overall he has been fine. He is capable of scoring goals. A good player doesn't lose his form overnight.
"He's up there with the best, then and now. He will perform when it matters and I think in the bigger games we will see what he is capable of producing.

"The last few games have been friendlies and it's hard to get yourself up for these matches. If he stays fit he will be successful.

"He can be top goalscorer if England perform well then he is quite capable of having a run, it depends on the team.

"The strikers get the benefits of the football that the team is playing and the chances that they create. If we do that then he will knock in his fair percentage. I don't know what odds he is but you wouldn't back against him."

Hurst believes that this summer's tournament will be the last shot at World Cup glory for some members of the England squad.

He said: "This is the last chance that England will have to win it for a while because you have key players in there who could be playing their last World Cup - players like John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and maybe Ashley Cole. They will be hard to replace.

"I'm optimistic though. I think that had the team been managed better they could have won it last time. We have a real chance of making at least the semi-finals."

Friday, May 28, 2010

Srilanka Registers a huge Win

Captain Tillakaratne Dilshan cracked an unbeaten 60 to lead Sri Lanka to a comprehensive nine-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in a rain-curtailed one-dayer in the Tri-Series at Bulawayo.

Chasing 119 for a win from 26 overs, Dilshan took the inexperienced Zimbabwe bowlers to the cleaners with his 45-ball innings which contained seven fours and a six.

He was given able support by his opening partner Upul Tharanga (37-ball 40) as Sri Lanka romped home with 10.4 overs to spare at the Queens Sports Club here.

Earlier, off-spinner Suraj Randiv led a disciplined Sri Lankan bowling charge with three scalps to skittle Zimbabwe out for 118 in 24.5 overs after Dilshan won the toss and inserted the home side.

The match was reduced to a 26-over affair after the start was delayed by more than four hours due to rain.

Tharanga and Dilshan, who stitched an 86-run opening stand, almost clinched the issue for Sri Lanka, but the opening combo came to an end when wicketkeeper Brendan Taylor found Tharanga short of the crease in 11th over. Tharanga cracked six fours during his breezy 37-ball innings.

Dinesh Chandimal (10 not out) then paired up with Dilshan to complete the formalities as Sri Lanka reached 119 for one in 15.2 overs.

Sri Lanka had lost to India on Sunday. Zimbabwe had beaten India on Friday in the tournament opener.

Earlier, Randiv, who gave away 23 runs for the three wickets, received good support from Dilhara Fernando (2/26), Ajantha Mendis (2/21) and Jeevan Mendis (2/12).

Opener Hamilton Masakadza waged a lone battle for Zimbabwe as his 62 off 69 balls helped the hosts cross the 100-run mark before being all out in 24.5 overs.

Masakadza, who cracked four fours and a six, was the only batsman to negotiate the disciplined Sri Lankan bowling.

Zimbabwe were off to a rather slow start as the first five overs yielded only 18 runs.

The hosts suffered an early blow when opener Taylor (2) was removed by paceman Fernando in the second over.

Greg Lamb (10) then joined Masakadza but spinner Ajantha Mendis struck just when the duo were trying to stitch a partnership. Lamb edged a turning delivery to square leg, where Jeevan Mendis ran backwards to take the catch.

Masakadza then found the company of Craig Ervine and the duo added 36 runs for the third-wicket, although the latter's contribution was only seven.
Zimbabwe: Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor(w), Gregory Lamb, Craig Ervine, Charles Coventry, Elton Chigumbura(c), Andy Blignaut, Graeme Cremer, Prosper Utseya, Ray Price, Chris Mpofu

Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan(c), Dinesh Chandimal(w), Chamara Kapugedera, Chamara Silva, Thissara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suraj Randiv, Dilhara Fernando, Ajantha Mendis

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Watch Irumbu Kottai Get CowBoy Hat

What with Chimbu Devan’s Irumbu kottai Murattu Singam running for 25 days in 124 theatres, the team decided to celebrate the occasion by distributing goodies to children, who contributed to the success. Cowboy hats were distributed on 26.05.2010 by producers AGS Entertainment.

The event was held in Kamala theatre in Chennai city and Raghava Lawrence, director Chimbu Devan, artists M.S.Baskar, Chams along with Theatre Owner Thiru. Ganesh were present during the occasion.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Nayanthara Would Commit Suicide if Prabhu Deva moves away from her

Prabhu Deva and Nayanthara shared a special relationship which blossomed into love. This had created quite a flutter in Kollywood because Prabhu is married to Ramlath and has two children.

Both Prabhu and Nayan have neither acknowledged their relationship in public nor have they denied it. Ramlath on the other hand has been running from pillar to post to get back her husband.

Several film personalities from Kollywood intervened to bring in amicable solution between the husband and wife. In one such meeting, Prabhu Deva reportedly told them that Nayan would commit suicide if he moves away from her.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Yaavarum Kelir Official Announcement

The Kamal Haasan-starrer, which has been tentatively titled Yavarum Kelir, will be formally announced at the press meet that is to be held at the Green Park Hotel in Chennai on June 3rd, 2010. Trisha, who will be pairing up with Kamal in this venture, will also attend the press meet along with its music director Devi Sri Prasad, director KS Ravikumar and producer Udhayanidhi Stalin.

There are strong expectations that the film’s title would be announced during this occasion. It may be recalled that Kamal had mentioned earlier that the title Yavarum Kelir is only being reported by the media.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Singam Climax Revealed

Suriya’s Singam is all set to hit the screens on May 28th and his fans can’t wait for more info on this. There has been enough news already and director Hari has revealed yet another piece of info that will give the Suriya fans another reason to expect this film.

According to Hari, Singam’s climax will begin soon after the interval. He adds that it will be the lengthiest climax ever in a movie. The second half will move so swiftly that it will have the audience at the edge of their seats.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Cameron Diaz doesnt bother about money

Actress Cameron Diaz said she is not interested in making big money when she selects scripts.

"I can read 40 scripts and they can all be huge movies that will make me tonnes of money. But if it doesn't speak to me, I'm not going to do it," she said.

Diaz said her next venture "Knight and Day" with Tom Cruise is not an intentional attempt to raise her profile.

"I don't consider this film a vehicle. I consider it a time of my life when I want to go out and do some action, have some fun and work with Tom again," The Knight and Day actress added.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Maanja Velu Film Review

The Malai Malai team is back again, expecting to recreate or even better the success they had the first time round. For their second outing, they have chosen to remake a Telugu super hit Lakshyam which looks to satisfy all kinds of audiences. Maanja Velu is a venture that is laden with an array of stars and familiar faces and Feather Touch Entertainments has not left any stone unturned to make sure that their second outing doesn’t fall short of their previous effort.

Maanja Velu tells the story of a happy family. Arun Vijay is the youngest son of the family and Karthik (hot on a comeback trail) is his elder brother. Anu Haasan plays Karthik’s wife. Karthik is an honest and righteous cop and this guarantees that there are quite a few criminals baying for his blood. Karthik’s adversaries plot a way of finishing him. Does he walk into the trap? What happens after and how Arun Vijay gets involved in this and gets even with the criminals forms the story of Maanja Velu in a nutshell.

Maanja Velu is a fine mix of all the elements that go towards making a mass masala entertainer. There is the happy family, romance, and ample scope for comedy, oodles of sentiments, action and revenge. Having been adapted from a super hit Telugu movie, one does expect Maanja Velu to deliver, but it does seem to lack that vital punch which would have made it a sure bet at the box office. One feels that director A. Venkatesh (in charge of the screenplay) could have had a better grip on the proceedings. Having said that, Maanja Velu is hardly a bad or boring movie. It has got a screenplay that maintains consistent tempo and some top class performers who make it worth a watch.

Talking about the cast will take some doing because of the array of artistes present. But, first one has to discuss Karthik. If anyone has to know the meaning of a great comeback, then they have to go and watch Karthik in Maanja Velu. He surprises and delights. Surprises, because after all these years of oblivion he has come back looking just as dashing and charming as he was in his heydays. Delightful, because Tamil cinema has been missing this kind of an actor for sometime now. One great thing about this comeback is that like many other lead actors of his time, Karthik has not resurfaced as a senior character artiste. Looking at him in Maanja Velu, one feels that he is good enough to reemerge as a lead star all over again. At many points in the movie he rolls back the years and his fans (there were quite a few of them in the audience) were in raptures, especially when he danced to ‘Rajadhi Raja’ song from ‘Agninatchathiram’. All in all, this is one of the best comebacks of the decade and we hope he is here to stay.

Arun Vijay has very evidently worked out of his skin to bring out a good product. The effort can be seen in the way he has improved in the dance and fight sequences. He, along with Karthik, carries the movie effectively on their shoulders well close to the climax where Prabhu appears as a police officer and adds immense value. In a short role, Prabhu shows how experienced and classy he is, a fine cameo. Others in the cast, including Vijayakumar (as Arun Vijay’s father) and Anu Haasan are apt for their roles, while Kota Sreenivasa Rao is as convincing as ever as the villain. Comic acts by Ganja Karuppu and Santhanam are enjoyable at points, with the latter scoring well. But, there are points where the jokes fall flat. All said and done, casting is definitely one of the strongest points of Maanja Velu.

One element present in pretty strong doses in Maanja Velu is glamour and that has been taken care of by Thanshika. Three songs seem to have been tailor made for glamour parades and they have been exploited to the full. One wonders how it will go down with the families.

The technical crew has supported the movie well, but there is nothing spectacular. But, the producer’s commitment towards delivering a quality product is evident at many points, especially the locations in which the songs have been shot.

Maanja Velu is an entertainer that aims to satisfy all types of audiences and A. Venkatesh has managed to create a screenplay that takes care of all requirements. But, there is a feeling that the full potential of the script has not been realized. It is still a decent entertainer which can be watched especially for its wonderful casting.

Verdict: Balanced commercial mix

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Hospital of Life

Summer has come again,
Burning brusises;
And giving pain.
After all,
The Sun has burnt my Guns,

my girl,
strayingly, left me wounded;
In jungles of this World.
I wont slip this tongue;
To utter those three words, again.

I'm waiting,
For thundering monsoons;
To pour some crimson rain.
They'll heal my wounds;
From green to mellow stains.
Yellow remains...

Someday after,
Walking, two steps ahead;
I'll be healed afresh.
Wednesday, in my ages,
THat wont fade;
I'll be healed afresh.
Everynight i scream,
My prayers;
To get healingly afresh.
Ooh! Sometime,
In my timelessness;
I'll be healed afresh.

I never came to know;
When i got admitted.
And was hospitalised,
Into this Hospital of iife.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


I passed upon the stairs,
Speaking of was and when.
With smile-some agonies,
And jovial tears of love.
I found myself halplessly,
NAked and bare;
Stoned and unaware.

I gazed a gazeless stare,
At empty violet skies.
THinking, velveltly nothing,
To free my residual burdens.
Stainlessly fair,
With care;
Stoned and unaware.

When i wanna get high,
In smokes of endless nights;
I roll a joint,
Of Marijuana.

When i wanna feel light,
And my love often fights;
I roll a joint,
Of Marijuana.

Coz' She don't lie,
She don't lie;
She don't lie,
MArijuana...Oooh! MArijuana.

I Weave,
So many new dreams;
FAntasising me,
ANd it frolics.
Dreaming to sail,
Seven seas of this World;
And another,
Entertaining my times.
Everytime i fail,
Stoned and unaware.

I'm incapable,
to make people interpret;
Myself and my Me...
Sometimes, so near,
Often so far.
Glittering on crimson sky,
Like a black star;
Stoned and unaware.

I'm adorable,
To aspring minds;
Inspiring hearts.
Everytime to care,
Leaving no spares
Some infatuated by Me,
And many by Mine.
Finally I fall,
Like a shooting black star;
Stoned and unaware.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Hi-fives in kollywood

The Cinema PRO Association’s elections were conducted recently and Vijay Murali was selected as the President of this association. Peru Thulasi Pazhanivel was selected as the secretary and Aadhampakkam Ramdas has been elected as the Treasurer.

VP Mani and Madurai Selvam are the two new vice-presidents of the Cinema PRO Association. The joint secretaries are Balan, Govindaraj, Glamor Sathya, Diamond Babu and Venkatraman.

All those that have been elected to office met the biggies of Kollywood, including the Producer’s Council President Rama Narayanan to seek his wishes. They also met Radha Ravi, Siva Shakthi Pandian, VC Guhanathan, Kalaipuli G Sekaran, Abirami Ramanathan, AVM Saravanan, Kalaipuli S Dhanu, Film News Anandan and Glamour Krishnamurthy.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Popular dance master's son makes debut

The dance master couple Lalitha-Mani has worked with several stalwarts of the Tamil film industry including Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sathyaraj, Sarath Kumar and others. It is now time to bring in the next-gen into the industry with which they are associated with.

Lalitha-Mani’s son Rahul is entering into Kollywood with Vavaal Kottai. And debuting with him is Malayalam actress Urmila Unni’s daughter Uthra.

Jerome Pushparaj has scored the music for this film and the dances have been choreographed by Dhina and Arul. YN Murali has wielded the camera and Gopi Krishna is in charge of Vavaal Kottai’s editing. The art direction is by Siva Yadav. Kabilan has penned the lyrics.

Director Suresh, who has films like Sabari and Arasu to his credit, is directing this film.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Raavan's First impression

The ‘first look promotional’ event of Mani Ratnam’s Raavanan was held today at the Lady Andal school grounds. It was a brief but captivating capsule that lasted just about an hour, 7:45 to 8:45 p.m, to be precise. The event was supposed to be a belated audio launch function. The audio of Raavanan was officially released a few days back and has received some great response.
Today’s event was colorful and energetic and in a way reflected the mood of the film. The stage erected for the event resembled a dense forest. The highlight of the event were the live performances. First it was singer Karthik’s turn to mesmerize the audience with his rendition of the melancholically romantic ‘Usure Pogudhe’ as he emerged from the thickets of the forest. Then, Vikram infused huge energy into the audience as he danced to the power packed ‘Kodu potta’ number. The performances were rounded off with a delightful combination of Kaviperarasu Vairamuthu and Rahman. As the former read out lines he had written; Varuven Naane Meendum Varuven; Rahman put the lines to tune and sang them. The song is not part of the Raavanan audio CD, but we hope it will be part of the movie.

Finally, the trailer and song clippings were screened which instantly created a lot of excitement. The small portions that were screened suggested that Raavanan will be a high quality, high impact product which should not be missed.

The event was anchored by actor Karthik and Priyamani while others from the cast like Prithviraj and Prabhu shared their experiences during the making of the film with the audience. Almost the entire cast and crew of Raavanan were present at the event including cinematographer Santhosh Sivan.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

No more problem for Manja Velu

The producer of Thunichal, Dr. P Kalidas filed for a stay order against the release of the Arun Vijay starrer Maanja Velu citing reasons that the actor was responsible for the losses he incurred. Dr. P Kalidas had alleged that Arun Vijay made certain demands for the release of Thunichal and failed to dub for the movie due to which he suffered losses amounting to several lakhs. He, therefore, sought a stay order for Maanja Velu’s release.

When this issue was brought before the court, the producer of Maanja Velu, Dr Mohan said that the stay order for his film would do great injustice to him as there was no dispute between him and P Kalidas. Following this, the petitioner told the court that they would withdraw the case. Maanja Velu will now hit the screens as planned.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Deepika Vs Aishwarya at cannes

Deepika Padukone stole the limelight at the Cannes Film Fest this year by walking the red carpet for the first time. She was representing the liquor brand Chivas Regal. The lady looked ravishing in a Rohit Bal-designed off white, slightly embroidered gold saree.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who has been attending Cannes since 2002 as L’Oreal’s brand ambassador was present at the event. She decided to go completely western and was seen wearing a violet-blue fully embroidered tulle and mousseline gown designed by the Lebanese designer Elie Saab.

Will Mani-Abishek get the success this time ?

Director Mani Ratnam and actor Abhishek Bachchan are working together for the third time. It is well known that their earlier films Yuva and Guru were box office hits. So will the success run continue for the duo? We will know this on June 18th, which is when the film is slated to be released.

It is worth mentioning here that Abhishek had told in an interview earlier that he was able to prove as an actor only after Mani’s Yuva hit the screens.

Sources say that Abhi was so confident of Mani’s Raavan so much so that he did not accept any new offers for the past two years.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Yudham Sei's Hero

Director Mysskin’s judgment about the hero of Yudham Sei has been questioned several times. Since the role is that of a police officer, many have questioned Mysskin on why he chose Cheran to essay that role. To this, the director replied that in reality not all policemen have a six-pack, so it does not matter if his lead star does not possess one. Mysskin reiterated that Cheran is the apt choice for the role.

Yet another news about Yudham Sei is that Ippadiku Rose-fame Rose, who was a transgender, has bagged a very meaty role in the film. Rose was recently in the news for undergoing the sex reassignment surgery.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

UN sees 3 IDIOTS

A special screening of 3 Idiots was held at the UN Headquarters in New York on May 14th. It is learnt that the management department of the UN contacted the 3 Idiots’ director Raj Kumar Hirani to arrange for the screening after coming to know of the film. Hirani and his co-writer Abhijat Joshi interacted with the UN officials after the screening to assert the movie’s impact on them.
3 Idiots was screened in the Indian Film Festival 2010 at the Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia earlier this year.

The director said that he is honored that 3 Idiots has been selected for the prestigious screening in the UN headquarters.

Vijay returns from Bangkok

Vijay, who went on a vacation to Bangkok a few days ago, has now returned back to Chennai. The actor’s trip forbade him from participating in director Siddique’s daughter’s wedding. However, a very thoughtful Vijay ensured that his wishes reached the couple with his bouquet.

On his return, the Ilayathalapathi is gearing up for the next schedule of Bodyguard remake. It is said that with this schedule the film could be wrapped up to enable its release soon.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Seeman's Political Announcement

Seeman’s organization Naam Tamilar Iyakkam will be formally launched into a political party. The director announced it recently and mentioned that the formal launch of the party will happen in the conference to be held in Madurai on May 18. Seeman also stated that this is a politically significant event and that his party’s priority will be to fight for the rights of the internally displaced Tamils in the island nation.

The conference date May 18 gains significance since that was the day that marked the end to the war in Sri Lanka.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Rahman's opinion About New Anthem

Rahman convened a press meet at the Chennai Press Club just before the release event of the anthem that he composed for the forthcoming World Classical Tamil Conference to be held in Coimbatore in June. He revealed that he had to squeeze the composition of this anthem between his tight schedules. “But I’m happy with the outcome,” he further added.

The anthem is sung by as many as 30 singers, significant of them including the legendary TMS, Yuvan Shankar Raja, G V Prakash, Shruti Hassan, Naresh Iyer and Chinmayi. Recording of the song and shooting of the video were done recently. It’s also revealed in the press meet that the song starts with TMS voice.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Irumbu Kottai Murattu Singam Review

IKMS - Lets talk about the good things first

dialogues about political situations were brilliant
naming places sarcastically (was kind of overdose)
certain scenes were good
Now comes the not so good parts.

The Stories inspired from - Imsai 23 (comedy character once now changed to a hero character , everything else the same )

Dharmapuri very closely

Indiana jones

Scenes inspired from :

Bank scene where diamond is lost ('thaedinaen vanthathu' a Prabhu movie opening

scene )

Four guys taking him to their place for saving the place from goondas (scenes and

subplot from dharmapuri )

Question answers before taking treasure - Harry Potter inspired

Second half locations + Scenes - Indiana Jones inspired

Tribal girl given in marriage to Lawrence for saving them - Shangai Noon inspired

Cowboy world history showing Jaishankar , MGR - vivek's comedy in Alai inspired

Gun shooting practice scenes - Billa inspired

Giving titles to Lawrence initially by the place people - Exactly like two people who praise Vadivelu in Imsai Arasan

Why this movie was not a superb one , but just an average one was the scenes and locations were so inspired, giving already seen feeler and in second half many were predictable, on top, the music was worse ....

So simbhudevan ji alert please, you may want to have a check on inspirations. Inspite of all these, the sarcastic dialogs and the humor was superb. We wish you continued on your creativity run with the story and screenplay too.

Seventh Sense official announcement

The official announcement is finally out. The much expected union of Murugadoss and Suriya is set to become a reality. In a press meet held at the Green park Hotel in Chennai this evening, the details of the project were revealed and going by what was said this one will surely be one of the biggest and prestigious projects to come out of Kollywood in the near future. It will feature Shruthi Haasan alongside Suriya with Ravi K Chandran handling the camera.
That A.R. Murugadoss and Suriya are a superhit combination needs no elaboration after the stupendous success they had with Ghajini. The past few months had been rife with speculations about the possibilities of Murugadoss once again directing Suriya. This will be Murugadoss’ first Tamil film after Ghajini; that is nearly a five year break during which he has created a great name for himself in Bollywood with Ghajini’s Hindi version.

Coming to the details of the new project, it has been titled Ezhavadhu Arivu and it will be a multi-lingual simultaneously shot in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi with no changes in the lead cast. There are also plans to dub the movie in English and release it across the globe.

The director confidently stated that this will be an extremely unique theme that will carry a very special element never before seen in Tamil cinema. He hinted that Ezhavadhu Arivu might deal with extrasensory perception and an ability to foresee the future, but nothing concrete was revealed. He also said that this film would give Suriya one of the best and most challenging roles that he has played in his career.

Shruthi Haasan, in a brief speech said that she is honored and excited to be working with such a huge team on her Tamil acting debut. She has already made her screen debut in Hindi through a film titled Luck.

Speaking at the meet, Suriya said that he had been hugely impressed with the story when he first heard it and had immediately got the producer (Udayanidhi Stalin – Red Giant Movies) involved. He added that the final product would be of a kind that would impress even Hollywood film makers and will definitely make Tamil cinema proud.

Music for Ezhavadhu Arivu is being scored by the ‘Suriya constant’ Harris Jeyaraj. Obviously, lot would be expected from the music after the Suriya-Murugadoss-Harris delivered some chartbusters in Ghajini. Earlier, Murugadoss had said that Harris had already composed a song for the film which he felt would have an impact similar to the ‘Suttum vizhi chudare’ number.

Everything has been cleared for the film to go to the floor and shooting will being in a few days from now with a Suriya-Shruthi Haasan combo.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Sharukh says sorry Ash

It's time to kiss and make up in Bollywood, according to reports Bollywood badshah Shah Rukh Khan has patched up with the Bachchan bahu, Aishwarya Rai.

The buzz is that Shah Rukh and Ash became freinds at producer - director Karan Johar's birthday party recently. The two had not been on talking terms since Chalte Chalte days as SRK had picked Rani Mukherjee over Ash for his home production . Their relationship was further damaged when SRK was not invited to Ash-Abhi s wedding.

At Katrina's birthday bash last year it was SRK's comments on Ash that ended the SRK and Salman Khan friendship . The Bachchan family had cut all ties with SRK.

Apparently, Shah Rukh went ahead and said sorry to Ash, she was with her husband Abhishek Bachchan.

A guest at the pary has said that it was SRK who began the conversation and told Ash that he owes an apology to her because he had wronged her.

After this incident the Bachchans and Khans (SRK with his wife Gauri) danced and chatted the entire night.

Global Wobble

Haven’t we heard these words somewhere? May be few of us have written about it, spoken about it and yes lets not ignore all of us are a divine lot who are knotted to this intensely vicious circle. Nevertheless what does Global Wobble remind us of... frustrated citizens, responsible business getting weaker, emergence for the need of enhanced social opportunity and most importantly economic opportunity…after religious contemplation, retrieval of memories and excavating the relevant literature I navigated to a point where I summarized Global Wobble as an adverse impact of the sum of events done in the interest of the society by the people living in it. The check here is, this is a total parody, I mean of the first order. Anything and everything we do to protect us, to secure us, to benefit us, leaves an unseen dust which may look trifle and insignificant but when time cascades the dust accumulates and binds with the pressure of the economic, social and cultural atmosphere and creates a hurricane of pandemonium which extends beyond the statutory obligations, legislations, human relations, economic cultural and social situations.

Proponents argue that there are two classes of people first one The Approvers, they are the pioneers, the building blocks of the world, any soul rich or poor who work tenaciously to improve their lives and the world and the second The Disapprovers who work to disapprove anything and everything done by the approvers, their only motto is to swim against the sea to prove a point, what is the point??? Well they don’t have an answer, but how many questions we ask, have one? Coming back to the point where we need to reside for a moment, the Disapprovers are accused for the wobble across the world. Why??? Well! Let’s see what they do fundamentalism, terrorism, vandalism, redtapism, nepotism, religionism, communalism, capitalism, communism a bountiful of “ISMS’ and what do they get? Let’s focus on the main aspects only, firstly Publicity! Oh sure they do… books have them, Newspapers, Politicians vows, Presidential speech all of them have just these people in them, around them, beside them, all over them. Secondly Fear! Not the Evil dead types fear but the Mad dog across the road types fear ,we never know when it may bite and we never know why it may bite and we also may never know what will happen to us after the bite ,we only have the privilege to know that there are Mad dogs! Nevertheless if we do a tiny introspection, run a virtual marathon and answer few questions to see if we are thinking in right direction. The first question will be Do these classes really exist??? All of us have an approver and a disapprover residing in our minds both may meet or may just be invisible to each other, they may react together or may individually, but the fact is they do co-exist ,as human is naturally prone to act in either ways. But why do we blame the disapprovers for the wobble in the world. If this theory is true, then the world sans “ISMS” should be heaven, is that so?? I don’t think so, this is purely my perception though, all of us are responsible in our own ways for the wobble, the contribution of each one of us may differ, but all of us have to accept the blame for the situation of the Poor Globe.

Firstly, how many of us really try our best to look at the varied inputs in our life and see what biases those inputs may hold on the society and the environment?

Secondly how many of us really in some way or the other don’t perpetuate our problems?? We all have our buttons of different sizes which holds us to the fabric of life…buttons of wealth, fame and name…buttons of love concern and care, buttons of selfishness, jealousy and remorse, buttons of welfare, kindness and peace and many more.

Thirdly how many of us are unflinchingly aware and altruistic people???

India is a country where we have a refined blend of mixture of opposites, the absolutely learned and the ignorant living together, and have got nothing to do with each other. Classes who don’t know to control birth and religiously follow more kids more income philosophy, follow ridiculous customs such as child marriage, sati, honor killing, female infanticide, tenaciously follow “Don’t educate women” philosophy, shamelessly spit on roads, religiously break traffic rules, throw trash on the streets, vote for money and there is another literate lot who efficiently pursue drunk driving, in the name of freedom involve in all kinds of divine habits, they are “The unaware and not bothered to be aware class”. The other learned Class completely aware of what is going on and the distinct role they play, but all that they do is complain about the world and its ways and proudly pursue “I am not interested in corruption and anything that is marred, I am learned and I am going to mind my work” philosophy .

These classes according to me are much more detrimental and lethal to a nation than terrorists and fundamentalists put together.

However let’s not ignore, a substantial class in the world,” The not so aware but willing to know class,”. They show concern, participate, go through all the hardships and humiliations, but still endeavor for the common good. They don’t save the world, but they leave a positive contribution and pioneer a genuine path to inspire the rest.

But the point here is, these classes are not the classes of people, these are the classes of mindset. We could have a person acting responsible and participative at an instance the next he may be indifferent. Same person could have different schools of thought at different instances.

In short, we’re all culprits, and we’re all victims.

So what is a society to do? How about its citizens? What’s the value in pointing out faults if we fail to offer any solutions?

So I have made my list to see how much I can try to reduce the wobble. It is more of a checklist, before I end my day, check them and see how much of it, do I really pursue.

My checklist enlists the following :

When we encounter the “Retail temptation” let us chose to meditate, read, or find some other channel.

Let us shop only if there is something we must have and on items that support life and is sustainable.

Let us buy things which can be recycled and can last longer.

Let us reduce consumption of Oil, Natural gas, Water and other Natural resources.

Let us protest against “free” trade agreements.

Let us support non profit organizations and NGO’s by volunteering money and time that support life, promote noble cause and have noble intentions towards the society.

Let us not stock up cars, home, and wardrobe. Three huge cars for a family of three make absolutely no sense.

Let us support local merchants, local growers, local farmers’, producers and suppliers rather than huge international brands.

Let us vote for relevant and productive politicians.

Take a walk or public transport, or do carpooling or take company cabs for office rather than own means of transport.

Ensure that all the investments we make are economically socially and environmentally responsible investments.

Talk to pervade awareness, at schools, slums, colleges about the impact of over population, sex education, pollution, poor working conditions, and other environmental, social, and political factors that contribute to a better living condition to avoid ramification of future generations.

Let’s turn off the idiot box for sometime and go for a stroll, meet new people, explore nature, pursue a hobby, enrich our creative stream.

At the end of the day, I do fall back on the list, I do not say I have done it all, but this acts as a control check, there is no hard and fast rule that we have to live in a specific way.
We might have a point of view which may say “ If I can afford, why should I underplay”. The quest here is why not??? If underplaying can do some good to us and our future generations in the long run, we can be a little selfless, can't we????

Lots to contemplate, it is our onus to make a contribution to the globe.

Evading might be impossible but atleast lets try to reduce the wobble.

Have integrity, let’s stand for something and believe in ourselves.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Skin Should Be in ?

Dress codes are omnipresent in today's life. It has been imposed into us by our workplace or educational intuitions or places of worship alike. Modest dressing is highly necessary. But are we not crossing the border and breaching into others personal life by telling them what to wear.

Some many say lack of such checks will ruin culture. Culture is a safe word like God. So what is culture? Culture might mean several things but for now it means only one thing make sure everyone is depressed in all sense and block individuality. We want creative, happy and energetic individuals as only they add to the good of the society. People are old enough to know how to behave and what to wear. If they dont then they will be the ones who will face the consequences.

We do not need narrow minded people to steal our identity. We need wise people to enrich our consciences. We need someone to teach us to tell right from wrong. With this value we must be the one to decide what to wear. For an India the west seems to dress provocatively. For the west the Indian clothes like dhothi or saree might be quite odd. So even the term modest is relative. It varies from person to person.

When none of the parameter are same in this context then why frame rules? Why bond people in their sense of expression? True some control is needed but I think that slowly but surely it can be cultivated. There is no use forcing people as soon they will learn to hate it. More often these so called dress codes are new ways to target and control women. 

Let us all act like big tall individuals. We are all grown up and responsible people. When I can choose who should lead my country why cannot I choose what to wear?

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Thread Bear

The closer I get,
The farther you tread.
Don't stray too far,
I fear you will bear the thread.

Meant to be so close,
To have symbolized harmony.
But God went deaf to my words,
His benevolence must prevent antagony.

I try so hard to make it work,
I try to be the apple of you eye.
The harder I try the more in wane,
Word we has long gone by.

I looked up to you,
You are still up there.
Then what went askew,
What made our relationship thread bear?

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Ring A bell ?

"We love our bread,
We love our butter,
But most of all,
We love each other." 

Did those lines ring a bell or stir a thought? If those didn’t try the next one:

I love you,
You love me,
We’re a happy family,
with a great big hug,
and a kiss from me to you,
Won’t you say you love,
me TOO!

Did this one clear the mind block? If you’re still clueless then you might have not been one of those kids who enjoyed seeing those cute cartoons like Madeline (former poem) or Barney and friends (The latter poem). Recently I took time to sit and see these shows. I felt rather silly but it was very engaging and fun. It was a trip down the memory lane.

Our generation has had the best of the entertainment. Let it be' Little red riding hood' or 'Snow white' we saw it through cartoons and cherished all of it. My favorite was 'Scooby Doo'. I never used to miss a show. That title sequence is something that ill never forget.

Scooby-Dooby-Doo, Where Are You?
We got some work to do now.
Scooby-Dooby-Doo, Where Are You?
We need some help from you now.

Come on Scooby-Doo, I see you... pretending you got a sliver
But you're not fooling me, cause I can see, the way you shake and shiver.

You know we got a mystery to solve,
So Scooby Doo be ready for your act. [Scooby Doo] Uh-uh Uh-uh
Don't hold back!
And Scooby Doo if you come through
you're going to have yourself a Scooby snack!
That's a fact!

Scooby-Dooby-Doo, here Are You.
You're ready and you're willing.
If we can count on you Scooby Doo,
I know you'll catch that villain.

I had utter fascination for the dog.  Cartoons then were so cute and lovable. Sadly thought nowadays the cartoons are about fighting and killing. Why bother kids with such things. Childhood is the only time in our life that we get to be care free and naive. That has been deprived from the life of children today. I don't want to name few cartoon not because I care for them but that I don't want to skip the other bad ones. All these cartons leave a mark on a child's head. If we want nice and upright individuals in the future then I think that we must divert little bit more attention towards what cartoons must be seen by our children. We cannot make the producers stop making bad cartoons. But we can indeed teach our child right from wrong.

Monday, May 3, 2010


That fine day,
The way you made me feel,
Will linger in my mind,
For posterity.

Those sharp rises,
All in glory,
And those sudden falls,
With all that grace.

The way every note landed,
The way you reared them home,
Made me feel that may be,
You were the Shepard and raga the lamb.

Neither to feeble to push aside,
Nor too loud to subdue.
With flawless tone,
You won my heart.

Every time you said Kanna,
I could feel His presence,
Heard that song millions of time before,
But first time I felt the essence.

Some say music makes us forget,
They are liars I say,
For I may forget my name,
But not the song you sang!

Every time you said 'Kannanai Kandayo'
I wanted to nod,
Not that I have seen Him before,
Not until you manifested him in the song.

Utter happiness is what I felt,
If that is divinity,
Then God I have seen,
Not with my eyes but through your song.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Sura Film Review

It is very rare that a mass hero like Vijay’s movie hitting the silver screen with less than 30% pointing in the expectation meter. Yes, trust me only 30 out of 100 Vijay fans had expectation on Sura unfortunately the Hero’s 50th movie. I fall under the 70% still finding it hard to digest that my Hero has hosted such a disappointing show in his Golden Jubilee. Let us keep it apart and have a glimpse of how the movie goes.

The film starts with Cyclone hitting the coastal part of Tamil Nadu and the fishermen who left for a week did not return back home, the director shows few hundred standing on the shore and waiting for their counterparts. The Government saves every other fishermen using their coastal force but the fail to save one who comes out of the sea, he is none other than our Golden Jubilee hero and runs on to dance out gracefully his intro song “Vettri Kodi Yethu” thoroughly enjoyed by the fans in the theatre, unfortunately this turns out to be the last laugh for fans in the first half of the movie. Let me not waste time in explaining about Inspector Villan, Fair & Lovely heroine who keeps falling in love for the hero as usual. Melody when the Hero and heroine fall in love. As usual a big senseless scene to show the Villan is a Villan. After that the Villan wants to acquire the small village where the hero is the demi-god. Now you know what happens and it happens without any twist and turns. Sura starts biting your seat via the effective screenplay by S.P.Raajakumar.

The second half has two reasons to smile “Bomayee” and “Nan Nadandhal Adhiradi” song, it was out of the world experience when one could see Vijay dancing on the screen for a few steps in the former and the entire song in the latter. Action sequences were well choreographed but again his highness S.P.Rajaakumar forgets to display the reason for why an action block was needed there. So, after the final song the movie travels towards the end as usual with a hero-villan clash. I am strictly a commercial movie fan. But this movie was an overdose for me. Few differences in this movie, Vadivelu portrayed a Villan for the audience, whenever Vadivelu appears on the screen audience fear if he would make them laugh. The Villan made us LOL, he was the best comedian trying to show himself as a Villan with 0% lip-sync, he irritates. Vijay except for selecting this script has done his job, I enjoyed nothing except the dance for the intro and the two songs in the second half. Tammanna can never be blamed, she wanted to do a movie with Vijay and it was fulfilled. After biting the Hero’s 50th movie success, the Banner and heroines victory run (hopefully) Sura has managed to disappoint Vijay’s fans also.

Any fanatic would want to write a sensational review of his Hero’s golden jubilee flick and Sura bites it as well. Vijay has been bouncing back from a string of flops in his career, this time it takes a while for him to budge. I would expect his 51st movie would bring him and his fans back on track.

CLAPS: Vijay and his Dance. BOOS: Vadivelu, Mani Sharma, His Highness S.P.Raajakumar, Tamanna, Dev Gill et al. MY RATING: 0.5/5