M Bharat Kumar

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

Don't stereotype heroines: Andrea

“It is sad that actresses are stereotyped in Tamil cinema. If you do comedy or horror films, offers come to work with movies on same genres,” says actress-singer Andrea. Speaking to News Today, Andrea, says, “After Taramani got released, I was appreciated for my performance in it, but very few offers came my way. And the roles were similar to one that I did in Taramani.” A native of Arakonam,

My career is on fast lane: Nikki Galrani

Chennai: I have had six releases so far this year. My performance in all the films have been appreciated, says actress Nikki Galrani. In a free wheeling chat, the actress says, “More women-oriented movies should be made here. If I get an opportunity, I would love to act in such films.” EXCERPTS OF HER INTERVIEW Q: You are part of many multi-starrers. Why? A: It is not that I want

Taiwanese food trail delights taste buds

Food is an essential part of the Taipei experience. A visit to Taiwan is incomplete without tasting their local cuisine. There are tofus, dumplings, beef noodle soups and a variety of vegetable salads to lay one’s hands on. A legacy of the country’s origins, their cuisine is a wonderful combination of regional foods from across mainland China and at its vibrant night markets, one can eat a variety of of

Taiwan Study Tour: Passion on culture, history

Taiwan is not just a country of tall buildings and technology. There are places where people live in harmony with nature. They romance traditions, and culture is close to their heart. Be it their National Palace Museum, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Xingtian Temple, Taroko National Park, Zhuilu cliff, Tunnel of Nine Turns (Jiuqudong), Cidal Hunter School or Ten Drums Percussion School, there is plenty to relish, learn and enjoy. CIDAL

Study tour for future leaders held at Taiwan

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), Republic of China (Taiwan), successfully organised 2017 NiHao Taiwan Study Camp for Future Leaders: Diplomatic Allies and Partner Countries II recently. It was aimed at providing exchanges between youth from Taiwan and several other countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Represented by over 25 countries, the programme gave participants an overview of Taiwan’s (Republic of China) history and culture, as well as the Taiwan experience.

Kollywood's craze for sequels

Chennai: After horror comedy genre that ruled the roost in Kollywood, here comes the sequel time. Many a successful film of the past are getting their sequels now. A few in the industry see it as an easy route to success. “It is common in Hollywood and Bollywood. The trend is slowly catching up in Tamil cinema. The job is easier for a filmmaker for he has to ensure that

BB winner Aarav talks about 100 days journey

Chennai: Until 100 days ago, Aarav Nafeez was unknown. But today, he is hogging all limelight winning the title of Bigg Boss Season 1. A native of Tiruchi, Aarav, an engineering graduate, took to films. However, all he could manage was a role with negative shades in Saithaan. Came his opportunity to enter Bigg Boss house as contestant, and today, the proud winner of the show is flooded with calls

Review: Magalir Mattum - Celebrating Womanhood

Chennai: Move over movies where the hero tots a gun and utters punchlines. Here comes a heartwarming story centered on women and their world. National award-winning filmmaker Bramma has conceived a feel-good entertainer that speaks about women’s dreams, desires and disappointments. Jyothika plays the lead in the movie that celebrates womanhood. Produced by Suriya’s 2D Entertainment, the movie features Saranya Ponvannan, Urvashi and Bhanupriya in pivotal roles. Nasser plays an