Archive for the 'News' category

Tamil Nadu State Awards photos

Here are some pictures from the Tamil Nadu State Awards function.


Check out another nice picture of Kamal and Rajni.

[Picture courtesy: BehindWoods]

Kamal releases Dev Anand’s autobiography

The trend in the book world nowadays is to ‘release’ a book in multiple cities, to provide that extra publicity. Similar to one he had done before, Kamal released Romancing With Life, the autobiography of veteran Dev Anand. The Hindu’s report included highlights of their own Ram’s speech but not Kamal’s. IndiaGlitz and Behindwoods too carried short reports, with the latter mentioning that Kamal had cancelled a portion of Dasavatharam’s shooting for attending this function. KollywoodToday.com topped it all, with a huge collection of wonderful photos.

The guest list included Jayapradha, Kamal’s co-star most recently in Dasavatharam.

Dasavatharam (stills) unleashed!!!

Yes, something was brewing at the Dasavatharam camp atleast. The first full set of stills and some news was released today.

Not surprisingly, none of the ‘get-ups’ have been revealed. This set of stills just serves as a teaser, marking the start of the publicity in the run-up to the movie’s release.

The stills feature Kamal, Asin and Mallika predominantly. Some of them match with a few released earlier on Mallika’s Web-site.

Some of the rumours that surfaced earlier are now confirmed with the release of these stills.

Other details that have come up:

  • Two more songs are to be picturised. They will cost about 3 crore (30 million) Rupees and sets for the same are being worked upon currently.
  • The audio will be released in October.
  • A fight sequence with Kamal pitted against Kamal himself was shot for 20 days, employing a Hollywood stunt director. Another chase sequence was filmed in Chidambaram.
  • While Asin dubs for herself for the first time, Kamal is supposed to have used a different voice for each character he plays. Meanwhile, 5000 people have dubbed for a scene involving around 10000 people!
  • English and Japanese linguists have been used for the movie.
  • Several directors have acted in the movie.

Today’s news seems to indicate that a Diwali release isn’t likely. We are probably looking at December.

Read detailed reports and enjoy more stills on The Hindu, Sify.com, Behindwoods and IndiaGlitz.

[Picture courtesy: BehindWoods]

MarmaYogi: next movie mystery solved?

Almost all has been quiet on the Kamal front of late. Of course, that means that something is brewing. The mystery was finally resolved through reliable sources. Kamal’s next movie will be Marma Yogi (”mysterious saint”, shall we say?), directed and produced by himself. With a curious title, the surprises are that it’s supposed to be an action thriller — and I thought Kamal would direct only ’serious’ movies (Hey Ram, Virumaandi) — and that the music will be done by AR Rahman. Talks are on to rope in a Bollywood heroine, as the movie will be released in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. Oscar Ravichandran, UTV and Adlabs are all in talks related to production and distribution. The movie might be launched in January. We can see that the domain name is already registered and it mentions Raaj Kamal Films International, Kamal’s production house.

Marma Yogi is also an old MGR flick, known as the first Tamil movie to receive an ‘A’ certification. Kamal’s penchant for old titles (Apoorva Sagodharargal, Sathi Leelavathi, etc.) continues.

Junior Vikatan, the Tamil weekly and the Chennai edition of Deccan Chronicle too sniffed out portions of this news recently. After several rumours and announcements regarding Kamal’s next movie earlier, let’s hope this is the final one.

Meaningless awards

When people used to say that actually some award was honoured because it was given to some person, I used to think of it as flowery, shallow praise. Now, I realise that such comments could have been genuine. The award in question here is the recently announced Tamil Nadu State Awards. Kamal has been declared as Best Actor (for Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu), with a bunch of others. To make it more meaningless, awards were announced for 2 years and not just one.

Now, here’s another forgettable award to add to the collection, this time from the “Film Fans Association”. What else do we do, but ignore such news and recollect the really significant ones that Kamal has amassed?

Sila Nerangalil audio launch

Kamal launched the audio of Sila Nerangalil, starring Vincent Ashokan and Navya Nair.

As always, there are more photos to browse through at Behindwoods. KollywoodToday.com has similar photos and a video (that resembles one that is done for wedding receptions).

[Picture courtesy: BehindWoods]

Kamal in Hyderabad

Kamal was in Hyderabad a few days ago to promote Raghavan, the Telugu-dubbed version of Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu. Idlebrain.com put up some nice pictures, including tight close-ups. IndiaGlitz topped it with its usual array of photos plus a video. The speeches are short, with Kamal talking partly in Telugu. The video itself starts off with the racy title track (in Telugu, of course) playing in the background.

Fans from Hyderabad had lamented that the pre-release publicity for this movie was really low-key. The producers seem to be making up by getting Kamal and Gautham to attend this event now. With the movie trying its luck at a time when twin tragedies have struck Hyderabad, this late effort should help anyway.

IndiaGlitz even reports that Kamal confirmed doing a straight Telugu movie.

Kamal at Srikanth’s wedding reception

Kamal attended actor Srikanth’s wedding reception in Chennai. Readers may recollect that Srikanth memorably rehashed Kamal’s “Ilamai Idho Idho” (Sagalakalavallavan) performance in Parthiban Kanavu. You can find more photos at KollywoodToday.com.

[Picture courtesy: BehindWoods]

Raghavan marches into Andhra

Raghavan, the Telugu version of Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu, is reportedly doing well. The publicity has been low, both from the producer / distributors and the media. Nevertheless, check out a sample box-office report and a couple of reviews. Behindwoods carried a nice round-up.

[Picture courtesy: BehindWoods]

Kamal at Naren’s wedding

Here are a couple of photos from Malayalam-Tamil actor Naren’s wedding, which Kamal attended. Check out more photos at Behindwoods.

[Picture courtesy: BehindWoods]