Vijay’s 'Velayudham' audio launch pictures

The success of 'Velayudham' audio launch in Madurai has made Vijay extremely happy. The Ilayathalapathy has thanked his fans for taking pains to attend the event and for making it a grand spectacle.


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"It is because of my fans I am here now. They have been supporting me in my each and every step and the audio launch of Velayudham is a milestone in that aspect. I am overwhelmed with their affection," says Vijay.

Requesting his fans and the members of Vijay Makkal Iyakkam to concentrate on public work without losing focus on their family and career, the actor says, "Like how I am important to them, they are important to me as well."

The music of 'Velayudham' was launched in Madurai on Sunday evening, in the presence of thousands of Vijay fans from all over Tamil Nadu. On the occasion, Vijay donated cows, sewing machines and iron boxes, besides proving financial assistance to students.

Amy Jackson pairing with Kamal in Viswaroopam!

Amy Jackson is the latest to join the cast list in Kamal Haasan much-awaited Viswaroopam. The film went on floors on the outskirts of Chennai recently. Since the film required a foreign actress, the producers have signed Amy Jackson, a British actress, for the role. Bollywood actor Rahul Bose is likely to play the villain in the film. Rahul is reportedly growing his beard to look perfect for the role. Apart from directing the film, Kamal has also penned its screenplay, dialogues and lyrics. Sources also confirm that Viswaroopam will be a trilingual being made simultaneously in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi.


If all goes as per plan, this will be the costliest Indian film ever made. The shoot of Viswaroopam is likely to be completed in 100 days. Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy will score the music of Viswaroopam, produced by Telephoto Films and scheduled to release on November 7, 2011.

Ileana pairing with Rajinikanth in ‘Rana’

With Superstar Rajnikanth ameliorating with his health status, the entire crew is busy now finalizing the other heroines for the film. It is worth mentioning that Raana has Rajnikanth in triple roles. K.S Ravikumar is directing this film.

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Deepika Padukone is the heroine of the film. They were in search for another two heroines for the other two roles that Rajnikanth is donning. Now they have signed one more heroine. She is none other than the heroine Ileana who made her debut in the Tamil film Kedi and now is the leading actresses in Telugu film industry. She is currently pairing with Vijay in the Tamil film Nanban.

Now there are two heroines for the two roles of Rajnikanth. Sources close to the director say that the shooting will commence full-fledged once the third heroine is selected. The shooting of Raana is likely to commence during the last week or in the first week of November.

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Siva Karthikeyan Oviya pairing in next!

 Siva Karthikeyan oviyaDirector Pandiraj who made the National Award winning movie Pasanga and is back with a film after the hit Vamsam.

We hear that the film to be directed by him will have Kalavani fame Oviya as the female protagonist, while the male lead is said to be Vijay Tv fame Siva Karthikeyan.

Siva Karthikeyan who is a popular television anchor turns hero with this film. Sources say that this film is a love story and is set in the North Madras milieu where kids grow up with rowdies of the area as their role model.

We know about Siva Karthikeyan's comic timing, lets wait to see if Director Pandiraj brings in the acting talent too.

Murugadoss remaking 'Ramana' in Hindi?

This is the time when the whole nation is standing up against corruption. So there is a buzz in Bollywood as well as Kollywood that director AR Murugadoss would remake 'Ramana', his film which voiced against corruption, in Hindi.


When asked, Murugadoss, who was giving finishing touches to '7am Arivu', his next film starring Suriya in the lead role(s), was neither ready to deny the idea nor to conform it.

"I would like to remake Ramana in Bollywood. But I am not sure when I would do it," the director said and added: "My next project will be a Tamil film with Vijay, which I will be starting post the release of 7am Arivu."

'Ramana' starring Vijayakanth in the lead role was about a college professor who unites his students and starts a movement against corruption. Following its stupendous success, Murugadoss remade the film in Telugu with Chiranjeevi, titled 'Tagore'.


Vijay fasting with Anna Hazare at Ramlila Maidan!

Popular Tamil actor Vijay on Thursday joined a number of celebrities in expressing support to Anna Hazare’s fast for a strong Lokpal, saying the Gandhian’s stir has triggered a nationwide debate on uprooting corruption.

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Mr. Vijay flew in from Chennai on Thursday morning and met Mr. Hazare at the Ramlila Maidan, the venue of his fast.

Saluting Mr. Hazare’s “will power”, Mr. Vijay said the way the movement is getting public support that too without any political background is praiseworthy.

“The movement has triggered a nationwide debate on uprooting corruption. I am very proud to be here as a Tamil. I pray for his good health,” he told Mr. Hazare’s supporters.

Mr. Vijay is the second celebrity from the south to express his support to Anna Hazare after Super Star Rajinikanth, who lent his support to the campaign on Tuesday.

Sun Pictures got TV rights for ‘Mankatha', '7aam Arivu’!

First it was reported that Dayanidhi Azhagiri of Cloud Nine Movies has given the distribution rights of his production movie Mankatha to Studio Green headed by KE Gnanavel Raja.

Later we got to know that after some family disputes, they had given the Television Satellite rights of Thala Ajith's Mankatha to Sun Pictures. But now we hear that the distribution of the film will be handled together by Cloud Nine Movies as well as Sun Pictures, while the Satellite rights has been sold to Sun Pictures.

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They had also stated that the selling to Studio Green was a clever to release the movie as per plans on the 31st of August, as some distributors were preventing from the same to happen unless the concern production house, pays for the losses incurred due to their previous releases Va Quarter Cutting and Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai.

Meanwhile another report suggests that Sun Pictures has also bagged the satellite rights of AR Murugadoss's 7am Arivu which stars Surya and Shruti Hassan in the lead and is produced by Udhayanidhi Stalin's Red Giant Movies. Red Giant is also going to distribute the movie suggests certain sources.

We hear that they are also planning a live telecast of the film’s audio launch which is likely to be held in Singapore.

Anushka replaced by Tamanna !

Actress Anushka Shetty who has been reported to be part of Director-actor-choreogrpaher Raghava Lawrence's Telugu movie Rebel opposite actor Prabhas has been replaced by Tamanna.

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Sources state that the film which was to go on floors long back got delayed as Prabhas was busy with the promotions of Mr Perfect while Lawrence was busy with his Kaanchana Munni Part 2.

Now when the film was about to start role Anushka Shetty has walked out of the film due to creative differences with the Director!

Reports has it that Anushka has been replaced with Tamanna who has given back to back hits like 100% Love with Naga Chaitanya and Badrinath with Allu Arjun in Telugu.

Rebel is being produced by J Bhagwan and J Pulla Rao under the banner of Sri Balaji Cine Media. The film's music is scored by Thaman and the Camera is handled by Ram Prasad. Rebel is expected to hit the screens in December.

Andrea dubs for Ileana in ‘Nanban’!

Actress Andrea Jeremiah has been dubbing for Shankar’s upcoming film ‘Nanban’.  No, the singer-cum-actress, who is a stunner in her own right, isn’t a part of the film’s cast which has Vijay, Srikanth, Jeeva, Ileana, SJ Suriyah and others.  She is dubbing for heroine Ileana’s character in the film.  Incidentally, it would be a comeback for Ileana, who debuted in Tamil films with ‘Kedi’ some years back and then disappeared from the scene.

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Shankar reportedly paid a whopping Re.1 crore to Ileana to bring her back to Tamil films.  Ileana, who is cast opposite Vijay in the film, is said to have made life hell for Shankar and the rest of the crew with her starry tantrums.  Despite her tantrums and a largely non-cooperative attitude, Shankar has successfully finished her portions in the film.  Ileana is also said to be doing the same thing in Tollywood as well.

It appears that the trouble had spilled over to Andrea who arrived at Chennai’s Kothadndapani Dubbing Theatre to dub for Ileana’s portions in the film.  Some dubbing artistes, who had already assembled there, staged a mini-protest saying that they won’t allow Andrea to dub for the film as Andrea wasn’t a permanent member of the Dubbing Artistes’ Association.

Andrea waited for a few minutes and was pondering her next move.  When Shankar came to know of it, he immediately arranged for Rs.60,000 to be paid to the Association to make Andrea a permanent member.  After the money was paid, Andrea didn’t face any hurdle and started her dubbing work!

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Lakshmi Rai denies the rumours!


Lakshmi Rai has often been linked-up with most of her co-stars and some cricketers. This time, she was tagged with director-turned-actor Raghava Lawrence. However, she has denied those speculations again.


It was all started after Lakshmi Rai was roped in to act with him for Kanchana. Lakshmi Rai claims that it is not a crime to work with an actor in more than one film. In fact, the actress, who worked with him earlier in Super Cowboy and Tamil film Pen Singam (Guest appearance with him), says that she was not the first choice for the recently released Telugu film.

Raghave Lawrence had approached Anushka Shetty before offering the same role to Lakshmi Rai. The former, who turned down the offer due to her commitments with other projects, was replaced by the latter in Kanchana. The actress adds that he is a good friend of him and they share a good working relationship. He concludes on the note that nothing is cooking between them.

Simbu don’t want to give importance!

Silambarasan is in no mood to grab unnecessary attention by reacting to statements made by his colleauges like Bharath and Jiiva.

In fact both the stars lashed out at STR in recent press meets, with Jiiva even calling him a “back stabber”.

STR he said: “I think only insecure people try to do back biting and grab attention by making unwarranted sensational statements and I don’t want to give undue importance to them by commenting on what they said about me”


The star has completed work on Osthi in Mysore and is all amused about the attention that the film and the famous Munni song is getting.

STR says: “Everyday there is something written about the Munni song. I read reports stating that Nayanthara is doing the song and on the same day another paper reports that Katrina Kaif is doing the item number! This will be a new song and the truth is that music director Thaman is yet to compose the tune. It will be a fast peppy song and the set is getting ready in Chennai. The girl who will be doing the song along with me and Sonu Sood is yet to be finalised”

Osthi which is now snapped by Reliance is now complete and the makers are planning to release it for Diwali. Recently, a song Neduveli... was shot (see pic) in a set resembling a police station with STR, Richa and dancers choreographed by Robert.

Yuvan Shankar Raja ready for his second marriage!

A few months back, Yuvan Shankar Raja confessed to the press that he is Ready to get married once again in the year 2011. Now, the young music director seems to have found his apt life partner. Yuvan Shankar Raja will be marrying Dr Shilpa on Spetember 1, 2011.


Yuvan's first Marriage with London-based girl Sujaya Chandran was made as a secret affair which later came into limelight when his parents arranged for a grand Wedding in the same year (2005). 3 years later Yuvan Shankar Raja and Sujaya Chandran parted ways due to irreconcilable differences.

Sources close to Yuvan say that the wedding will take place in Tirupathi. Moreover, the wedding will be a private affair and will have only close friends and relatives invited for it. With his professional life flying high in Kollywood, Yuvan has taken a right step for the betterment of his personal life too.

Rajinikanth rasing his voice for Anna Hazare!

While the Tamil Film Industry is under going fasting today to show their support for Anna Hazare's Ani Corruption campaign to pass the Lok Jan pal Bill, we hear that Superstar Rajinikanth also shows his support for the same.


The Bollywood celebrities had been very vocal about their support for Anna Hazare, while many Kollywood celebrities ere not expressing the thoughts thinking about the political remarks that might affect them.

But in a press statement released by the star, Rajinikanth had stated, “There can be no doubt that corruption is a dreaded disease that needs to be weeded from the Indian Society. I am very happy that we have a very able and dedicated leader in Anna Hazare to lead us in this fight against corruption.

I whole-heartedly support the India Against Corruption Movement in their campaign to get Jan Lokpal bill legislated in parliament.

I congratulate all the Indians who have lent their support to this bloodless revolution. This kind of peaceful movement is possible only in India which is the birthplace of Satyagraha. I am very proud to be an Indian.”

Surya to produce his own film!

Most frontline heroes have amassed enough money to start producing their own films. But why risk their savings? So most stay intelligently away from that. Most actors happily give heir call sheet, act, and collect their fees.


Now Surya says he plans to turn producer. Recently, at the film function of AR Murugadoss’s ‘Engeyum Eppodhum’ starring Jai and Anjali, Surya said, “I am happy to see Murugadoss turn into a producer. I’m happier he has made a director of his own assistant director. It is laudable of him to give opportunities to newcomers in the industry. Seeing this, I am motivated to become a producer. I would like to produce 2 films a year and give opportunities to newcomers. I hope to put my thoughts into action starting from next year.”

Surya is already putting his plan to work. He is spreading the word in the film industry to recommend talented assistant directors who have good stories for the celluloid. It could take off by Jan or Feb 2012.

Ajith’s Mankatha date announced!

Ayngaran International the leading distributors of Tamil films in the overseas market has announced the release date of Ajith’s Mankatha as August 31!


They have informed theatres in overseas markets that Mankatha will release for Ramzan (Aug 31) and has also booked screens.

On their website it clearly states that the Venkat Prabhu directed Ajith’s 50th film will release on Aug 31.

It is a smart move by Ayngaran, to block theatres screening Tamil films in advance, so that others will not take away this “important Weekend”.

The other big Indian film releasing on the same day worldwide  is Salman Khan’s Bodyguard.

Trisha and her mom first appearance together in an ad!

The mother-daughter duo of Uma Krishnan and Trisha make their first appearance together in an ad for the famous Kohinoor Basmati rice.


Vijay, who has directed Trisha in Kireedom earlier, directed this ad which was shot by ace cameraman Ratnavel.

A source close to the ad agency told :“The concept was about a mother and daughter and we wanted a noted actress. So we zeroed in on Trisha and her mom Uma in Tamil along with Soha Ali Khan and her mom Sharmila Tagore in Hindi. We had tough  time convincing Uma Krishnan who has refused big film offers to be a part of it, but when she read the concept she agreed”

The ad and photoshoot was done in Chennai and both Uma and Trisha dubbed in their own voice which makes the ad very realistic.

When contacted Trisha said: “ I really enjoyed doing the shoot with my mom and I think more than me talking, the concerned people should be making an official announcement and press release soon.”

Ajmal Ameer say no to liplock!

Upcoming Malayalam-Tamil-Telugu actor Ajmal Ameer has refused to kiss actress Aparnaa Bajpai in his upcoming Tamil film Karuppampatti, being directed by Prabhu Raja Cholan.


Sources further said that Prabhu Raja Cholan tried his best to convince the actor to perform the passionate liplock scene, promising that it would be shot aesthetically. But his mission failed when the actor was adamant in his stand, stating that his family might not like him being part of a liplock scene and he had even promised them before entering films that he would never let them down! Karuppampatti chronicles the life history of a father and his son, both played by Ajmal.

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Vijay’s special gift!

Here is an interesting titbit about Vijay's Velayudham! According to sources, Vijay was close to tears and fought hard to control his emotions after watching the climax of the film. He was moved by Jayam Raja's extraordinary direction skills and Priyan's camera work. To appreciate the team effort, Vijay also gifted gold chains to all his chief technicians.


Reportedly director Raja has left no stone unturned to make it a grand climax. The climax scene involves almost 5000 artistes, 1000 vans and extras. Apart from that, a huge set has also been erected in a mill near the airport for the climax sequence. This mass entertainer stars Genelia, Hansika and Saranya Mohan, Santhanam, M.S. Bhaskar, Sathyan, Pandirajan and Sayaji Shinde in pivotal roles.  The film is produced by Aascar Ravichandran and Vijay Anthony is the music composer.