M Bharat Kumar

Kollywood stars sing 'Repeatu'

If eerie thrillers and rom-coms are the latest trend in Kollywood, the big stars, in a safe bet, are preferring to repeatedly work with the same filmmaker. Interestingly, Rajinikanth with 2.O, joins hands with Shankar for third time. Also he is also part of Pa Ranjith’s Kaala after a huge hit in Kabali. Vijay is all set to begin his next, to be helmed by A R Murugadoss. The two

Legendary singer P Susheela talks about music

Chennai: The greatest joy of interviewing legendary singer P Susheela is that there is a possibility of hearing her sing at least snatches of her songs. And she did – to one’s joy and excitement. The veteran playback singer turned 82 on Monday. On the occasion, News Today caught up with her for a candid interview. She has sung over 50,000 songs in 14 languages in a career spanning over

We did not impose any cut on 'Mersal': H Raja

Chennai: “We expressed our opposition when GST was misinterpreted in the movie Mersal. If we are wrong, why should the makers mute the dialogue(s) in its Telugu version,” asks BJP national secretary H Raja. Speaking to News Today, he said, “We never interfere in creative freedom. But filmmakers should understand that they too have social responsibility. They should not distort facts. Unlike others, who threatened screening of movies in theatres

Review: Ippadai Vellum- Battle of brains

Director Gaurav Narayanan’s Ippadai Vellum is more an extension of his last Sigaram Thodu, where a ‘brainy’ protaganist emerges the winner against all odds.   Ippadai Vellum is about two men, who are wrongly arrested as the accomplices of a most-wanted terrorist. Caught in a difficult situation, the onus is on them to prove their innocence. Gaurav’s writing is good. But there is a let down in execution. The movie

Review: Nenjil Thunivirundhal- Guts and cuts

Director Suseenthiran has a love for action thrillers. After the likes of Naan Mahan Alla and Pandiya Naadu from his kitty, comes Nenjil Thunivirundhal. It follows a set pattern from his earlier ventures laced with action, humour, romance and a message at the end. Quite like a recent hit, Nenjil Thunivirundhal speaks about medical industry. But the director has woven a drama around the idea to make it engaging. Sundeep

From 'Alwarpeta Aaluda' to 'Aalaporan Thamizhan'

Chennai: Shobi has several feathers in his cap.Having made his debut with Alwarpeta Aaluda in Vasoolraja MBBS,he has come a long way working with the  likes of Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Ajith, Vijay and Suriya among others. In his career spanning over a decade, he has choreographed for over 600 films. Shobi, who is also the president of Cine and TV Dancers’ and Dance Directors’ Association,says,”I am happy to have choreographed

Producers council for online release of Tamil films

At a time when piracy is posing a big threat to Tamil cinema and their revenue is restricted to just theatre collections and satellite rights, the Tamil Film Producers Council (TFPC) is coming up with unique ideas to generate more revenue. In a press release, the TFPC has urged the producers of big, medium and small budget films to consult with the council and experience an additional benefit by releasing

Review: Meyadha Maan - Romance and bromance

Making a movie out of a short film is the latest trend in Tamil cinema. Quite a few have gone on to become hits. Joining the list is Meyadha Maan. Inspired by director Rathna Kumar’s own work Madhu comes Meyadha Maan. A rom-com that revolves around a youngster on one-sided love is interspersed with humour and emotional moments. It also throws light on brother-sister sentiment and friendship. Produced by Karthik

Review: Mersal- An entertaining watch for fans

After facing several hurdles,finally came Vijay’s Mersal on Deepavali day. Riding high on Vijay’s stardom, the movie celebrates the actor and he does what he does the best – playing to the gallery. From demonetisation, racism, to his entry to politics, the movie has everything a die-hard fan of Vijay would want. As the plot unravels, there is so much happening on screen that one is engrossed, not with the

Kovai Sarala celebrates three decades in cinema

Women in Tamil cinema deserves to be treated better,” says veteran actress Kovai Sarala. Speaking to News Today, the ace comedienne for over three decades in Kollywood, says,”It is predominantly a hero-oriented industry. I think more women-centric movies are the need of the hour.” “Comediennes are rare to find here. Perhaps Manorama was an exception,” she says. Asked about people calling her ‘Chinna Manorama’, a modest Kovai Sarala says, “It

'Mersal' is big treat for Vijay fans, says Atlee

Mersal is a commercial cocktail for Vijay fans. They would love every frame of it, says filmmaker Atlee. Produced by Sri Thenandal Films, the movie boasts of a huge star cast that includes Vijay in triple roles. Samantha, Kajal Agarwal, Nithya Menen, S J Suryah, Sathyaraj, Kovai Sarala, Vadivelu and Yogi Babu are also in the cast. Music is by A R Rahman. Speaking about the movie, Atlee, says, “The