Rajnikanth in triple action in his next film ‘Rana’!

Superstar Rajnikanth has made official confirmation about his next film ‘Rana’ that will be produced by Eros International in collaboration with Orcher Studios. Following the grand success of ‘Muthu’ and ‘Padaiyappa’, K.S. Ravikumar will be joining hands with Superstar Rajnikanth for this film. Guess what’s so special about the film? If ‘Enthiran’ had Rajnikanth enacting dual roles, this one will delineate him in triple action.

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According to the official confirmations, the film will go on floors from March with the musical score by A.R. Rahman and cinematography by Rathinavelu and Anthony on editing with Rajeevan erecting grand sets. The technical & special effects director will be Soundarya Rajnikanth and Charles Darby of Eyeqube Studios, renowned visual effects luminary and an Emmy award winner will be the visual effects supervisor on the film. The film is scheduled to release in 2012.

Vishal will join Prabhu Deva's film soon!

Reportedly Vishal has completed the shoot of Bala’s Avan Ivan and will now join Prabhu Deva's film unit in the first week of February. The film is produced under Vishal’s home banner GK Film Corporation. Pretty actress Sameera Reddy has already started shooting for the film in Chennai. Reportedly Sameera plays the role of a fun-loving college girl Paaro. Sameera will try her hand at comedy for the first time in this film.

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Meanwhile, Prabhu Deva’s directorial venture Engeyum Kaathal, staring Jayam Ravi and Hansika Motwani, is likely to hit screens on Valentine's Day.

Ajith ‘Mankatha’ new updates!

Here are the latest happenings from ‘Mankatha’ front. Venkat Prabhu has finished picturising three songs for the film. Ajith Intro Song that was shot in Bangkok, A kuthu song involving Ajith with Premji, Vaibhav and others shot in Chennai and a duet featuring Ajith and Trisha, also shot in Chennai. With this major development ‘Mankatha’ has completed 50 percent of its talkie portions.

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And an important action scene was also completed. The highlight of this stunt sequence is that Ajith performed the actions with a Body Mount Camera weighing around 30kg mounted on his body to capture the close actions when he runs, walks and turns.

It’s a known fact that Ajith had lot of surgeries on his body and the actor avoids taking risks while shooting. But when Venkat Prabhu came up with this unique idea, Thala readily agreed. Mankatha‘s Chennai portions will get over by Monday and then the unit will move to Mumbai for the rest of the portions.

The thriller starring Ajith, Arjun, Trisha, Anjali, Lakshmi Rai,Premji, Vaibhav, Makath, Jayaprakash and Subbu Panju is about gambling mafia at work during IPL cricket season.

Keep watching this space for more updates on ‘Mankatha’.

Arya, Anushka and Tamanna getting Kalaiamamani award!

Arya, Anushka and Tamannah will become Kalaiamamanis from February 13, when Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi would present them the awards at a colourful function at Valluvar Kottam in Chennai.

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Circles close to Arya said that the actor was excited to know Friday night that he was selected for the coveted honour. “He was happy on hearing the good news. His friends have been asking him to throw a party,” they say.

A source close to Tamannah said she never expected such a great honour. “When we explained her the value of Kalaimamani award, she felt extremely happy. She is thankful to all those who are supporting her.”

And Anushka, the ‘Vettaikaran’ and ‘Singam’ heroine, felt Kalaimamani as one of the greatest honours she had received so far. “Since it is presented by the Tamil Nadu government, she knows the importance of Kalaimamani,” sources say.

Vijay in and Surya out?

Vijay had previously walked out of Shankar’s academy of Idiots due to some creative differences and now he is back as confirmed by the confidential sources. There was some surprising news on airs that Suriya is replacing Vijay and the shoot was to begin by first week of March after the completion of ‘Ezham Arivu’.

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But again, the creative difference between Shankar and Suriya seems to have popped up resulting in abrupt conclusion. Vijay is busy now shooting for the film ‘Velayudham’ and will soon schedule dates for the project.

Meanwhile, Shankar is planning to shoot the portions involving Jiiva, Srikanth, Ileana and Sathyaraj in Ooty by next week followed by a long schedule in Dehradun.

Anushka sign Billa-2 opposite Ajith?

Anushka Shetty continues to be Kollywood's most in demand actress to do big films.

The latest we hear is that Sweety as she is known among friends has been pencilled in to do Billa-2 with Tamil Cinema's most handsome superstar Ajith.

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The good news is that Billa-2 will start rolling in the middle of April. The film is being produced by Suresh Balaji, son of the legendary producer K Balaji who originally made Rajinikanth's Billa.

Vishnuvardhan is the director and Yuvan Shankar Raja will provide music. Nirav Shah is the cameraman.

Now the big heroine hunt has started for the film. Vishnu and the makers are looking for somebody who can carry off a glam role with ease.

A source close to the development said: "The team is looking at a girl who can spring a surprise in a glam role like what Nayanthara did in Billa-1. As of now only Anushka fits the bill and her pairing with Ajith would make the film red hot".

However the trouble is that the actress is not showing any interest in doing glam roles in Tamil.  In Vettaikaran and Singam, Anushka did not wear any revealing clothes compared to her Telugu films. Remember she sizzled doing Nayanthara's role in Billa Telugu.

Meanwhile Anushka who plays a lawyer in Vijay directed Deivamagan, does not romance Vikram nor does she have a song in it.  Anyway let us hope Anushka signs up Billa-2, a film that is sure to take her to new heights.

Karthi’s won appreciation from his sister-in-law!

Karthi’s performance in his recent release ‘Siruthai’, in which he performed dual role for the first time in his acting career, has won appreciation from his sister-in-law Jyothika.

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“Anni said long back that she would watch the film on the first day itself since I am playing a police officer. Sticking to her words, she watched ‘Siruthai’ on the very first day,” Karthi says.

“She thoroughly enjoyed the movie,” the actor says and adds: “She sent me congratulatory messages through mobile even before the show got over. I am overwhelmed.”

On the possibilities of his acting together with his brother Suriya, Karthi says, “I don’t think we would share the screen space in the near future. Because, he is busy for the next two years. And several other factors have also to be considered.”

Happy birthday Shruthi!

Shruti Hassan celebrates her birthday today (Jan 28) . The ever cheery, down-to-earth pretty actress is on cloud nine and 2011 has started on a great note for her. 

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She has been getting rave reviews for her performance in her debut Telugu film, Anaganaga O Dheerudu, which hit screens for Sankranthi and she is busy completing work on Murugadoss directed Suriya starrer 7am Arivu.

Shruti has more reasons to smile as her second Hindi flick Madhur Bhandarkar's Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji,  is getting released today and she says: "I am really excited about this film in which I play a cameo, but the character is strong. A perfect birthday gift for me".

Shruti is celebrating her birthday with her family after almost three years. Quiz her on her birthday plans, she is quick to reply: "I might be shooting today and it is definitely going to be a quiet day for me. No big party or any exotic holiday. I plan to have a private dinner with family and close friends".

Talking about 7am Arivu, Shruti says:  "It is going to be a completely different film and I have a new look in it, something that people haven't seen before".

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Trisha at Colgate and IDA Guinness World Record Event

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Shankar successfully started '3 Idiots' shooting !

Director Shankar for the the first time would have faced so much hurdles for starting a film's shoot. Earlier Shankar was put into such situation when the initial producers of Endhiran, Ayangaran International walked off from the film.

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Now after surviving all the odds, Shankar had successfully started the shooting of '3 Idiots' with Jeeva and Srikanth. It is said that Surya will join the crew at the end of February and before that Shankar will be finishing Srikanth and Jeeva's combined portions. However the title confusions are still on and the official announcement will be given soon.


The expected titles are '3 Rascals' and 'Moovar'. Since Surya has been signed instead of Vijay, the star value of the movie is remaining at the same height. Harris Jayaraj will be scoring music and Manoj Paramahamsa will be handling the camera for 3 Idiots Tamil and Telugu remakes.

Simbu injured during vaanam shooting

Silambarasan, who recently suffered injuries while shooting for ‘Vaanam’, is now ready to undergo a surgery. But nothing to worry about it, as it is to remove foot corns that the actor has developed.

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“Doctors have advised STR to remove foot corns with an operation at the earliest. Though the procedure will be over in hours, they have asked him to be on rest for a couple of weeks,” sources say.

This, it is said, will have an impact on the release of ‘Vaanam’, which is scheduled for the Valentine’s Day weekend. “Attempts will however be made to release the film as soon as possible,” they add.

Saying that STR was suffering from foot corns for quite some time now, sources said he however managed to take part in shootings and other functions. “He is now going under the scalpel as per doctors’ recommendations.”

Dhanush’s Mappillai April release!

Sun Pictures and Dhanush, whose ‘Aadukalam’ is doing well in the Pongal race, will have their next release together in April. It is ‘Mappillai’, a remake of a yesteryear Rajinikanth blockbuster of the same title.

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“Gear up for ‘Mappillai’ next. Completely opposite genre to my recent release (‘Aadukalam’). It is an April release,” the Mappillai of the Superstar says with optimism.

Directed by Suraj, the film has Hansika Motwani as heroine and Manisha Koirala as the all-powerful mother-in-law. “Though the original script is racy, necessary changes have been made for the present day audience,” says the director.

Dhanush is currently busy with ‘Venghai’, his first outing with ‘commercial specialist’ Hari. For the film, he has made some changes to the chain of the rudraksh he wears. “I have changed the chain into a long one for ‘Venghai’. I will never take it off,” the actor says.

Suriya praises Santhanam

suriya210111_1Comedian Santhanam is on a roll. The busiest comedian of Kollywood is in raptures after accolades are pouring in for his performance in 'Siruthai'. Actor Suriya who met Santhanam has said that the one liners of Santhanam in the film were as hilarious as the ones of legendary Goundamani sir. He even said the best comedian award for 2011 will be reserved for Santhanan.

 

But the rise in popularity has also made Santhanam costlier. The comedian who was getting remuneration depending on the budget of the film has now consolidated his fee. The new rate card says Santhanam is charging Rs. 30 lakhs for a film which will take only 15 days of his work. If one needs more days, he will be charging an additional 5 lakhs per day.

Wonder how many comedians managed to reach this height before in the early years of their career!

Trisha share the screen space with Rajini!

The latest buzz about Superstar Rajinikanth’s first animation film, which has now been reportedly renamed as ‘Rana’ (‘Sultan’ and ‘Hara’ were the earlier names), is that, it would have Trisha in an important role.

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“The movie would have some scenes in which the real Rajini would appear. Trisha would share the screen space with the Superstar in those scenes, which would be directed by K S Ravikumar,” sources say.

Produced and directed by Soundarya Rajinikanth, the first of its kind movie already has Vijayalakshmi of ‘Chennai 28’ and ‘Anjathey’ fame as heroine. Music is by Oscar-Grammy winner A R Rahman.

Though the film went on floors more than three years ago, it is taking time to hit the screens as it involves a lot of animation and computer graphic works, which are being done using state-of-the-art technology.