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Tamil cinema is attracting established superstars from other south Indian States, who are willing to leave their comfort zones and explore its stormy and highly-competitive arena. What’s driving this trend? …

The Hindu - Feb 07 06:34 GMT - more ...

The bad and the ugly of Tamil cinema in 2016

With a futuristic theme, Deeraj Vaidy’s Jil Jung Juk drew the audience to the theatre with the ‘Shoot the Kuruvi’ song and its quirky teasers. But that was it. The quirks were indigestible and the funny elements were anything but that. After a while, it’s an eye-roll fest at every “joke” in the film.

The Hindu - Jan 17 11:57 GMT - more ...

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  • Apprehensive about making comeback to Tamil cinema: Kajol

    Noted actress Kajol is excited as well as apprehensive about returning to Tamil films after a gap of 19 years, with actor Dhanush’s next movie. Kajol is set to star in Velaiilla Pattadhari 2, which will be directed by Tamil superstar Rajinikanth’s daughter Soundarya. The movie is being co-produced by Dhanush under his banner WunderBar Films.

    Indian Express - Jan 17 11:53 GMT - more ...

  • How is a Tamil film to impress Oscar?

    It has been 16 long years since a Tamil film was chosen as India’s submission for the Academy Awards. When it last happened, Madhavan had just made his debut, S.J. Suryah’s Kushi had just been released, and Prashanth was still ruling at the box office. Just let that all sink in for a moment. In stark contrast though, during an earlier decade, between 1990 and…

    The Hindu - Oct 25 08:11 GMT - more ...

  • Is Joker the PK of Tamil Cinema?

    The film has proved to be a dark horse at the box office, with a steady run since release last week. When Dream Warrior Pictures released their Tamil film Joker, little did they imagine the humungous response it would garner from both critics and audiences alike. Directed by Raju Murugan, the film doesn't bank on any star or on commercial elements. In fact, it deals…

    NDTV - Sep 07 10:13 GMT - more ...

  • Priyanka Chopra: Showing the world what Bollywood can do

    Priyanka Chopra won the Best Supporting Actress gong at the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards on Sunday - but she hasn't yet signed up for any more Hindi films. …

    BBC - Jun 26 13:00 GMT - more ...

  • Cineplex pulls Tamil movie in GTA after pepper spray-like attacks

    A Tamil film has been pulled by big-wig movie theatre corporation Cineplex following three GTA attacks involving a pepper spray-like substance. …

    Toronto Sun - Apr 25 22:48 GMT - more ...

  • Tamil Cinema: Entertainment... and some art, please

    A film need not be 'cerebral’ in order to be good cinema. It just needs a good director with a sensibility. And Tamil cinema doesn’t have too many of them. …

    The Hindu - Apr 19 02:12 GMT - more ...

  • Indian censors more worried about Sri Lankan film than Lanka’s own!

    Can a docu-drama that was aired in Sri Lanka be banned in India on the grounds that it may sour relations with the island nation? The censor board thinks yes, but the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) says: Of course not. …

    Hindustan Times - Mar 06 08:57 GMT - more ...

  • Simbu's 'Idhu Namma Aalu' expected to release soon

    This movie has been delayed for quite some time and plagued with issues. However, things seem to be looking up. The release of Simbu's film Idhu Namma Aalu has been delayed for over seven months now. There was also a controversy when the actor's brother, Kural, who turns music director with this film, accused the director of the movie, Pandiraj, of trashing the songs.…

    DNA - Feb 29 08:51 GMT - more ...

  • Where every character plays a 'Game'

    Kannada audience, who were impressed with Ramesh’s Cyanide, Police Quarters and Attahasa and expected a similar visual experience from his latest Game, are sure to be disappointed. But the film does provide what is expected from a murder mystery. …

    The Hindu - Feb 28 09:24 GMT - more ...

  • Priyanka Chopra: India actress wins People's Choice Award

    Indian actress Priyanka Chopra has become the first South Asian actress to win a People's Choice Award. …

    BBC - Jan 07 10:28 GMT - more ...

  • South Cinema stars unite to help flood-hit TN

    The Ramanaidu charitable trust will be sending trucks filled with relief goods to Chennai on Sunday. …

    The Hindu - Dec 06 16:25 GMT - more ...

  • ‘I’m a 100 per cent Tamil girl’

    Simran, whose held sway over both the film and TV industries for nearly 20 years, makes her debut as producer. She tells why she calls Chennai home. …

    The Hindu - Nov 13 13:42 GMT - more ...

  • Nadigar Sangam polls: As it happened

    Nasser has been elected president, while Vishal and Karthi have been elected general secretary and treasurer respectively. …

    The Hindu - Oct 21 11:32 GMT - more ...

  • Is Quantico really Priyanka Chopra's big Hollywood break?

    Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra has been featured in billboards and posters across the US as the starring role in the TV show Quantico. But will the show finally catapult her into the American consciousness? Aseem Chhabra explains. …

    BBC - Sep 21 09:38 GMT - more ...

  • Central Board of Film Certification stifles my freedom: Kamal Haasan

    Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan says he has an ongoing struggle against the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to achieve creative freedom. …

    Hindustan Times - Apr 17 09:57 GMT - more ...

  • Oh Kadhal Kanmani: Classical yet cool

    There are a host of new singers in Oh Kadhal Kanmani, but it’s the good old Chitra who comes up trumps as she sashays through the melodious and lyrical Malargal Keten with utmost ease. Structured in the form of a kriti, with a tambura running in the background, this is easily one of the best songs of the album. More importantly, for those who heard the Alaipayuthe…

    The Hindu - Apr 08 09:24 GMT - more ...

  • Rajinikanth to Kamal Haasan: A look at Tamil cinema's relationship with jallikattu

    It's not just Kamal Haasan's strong 'biryani remark' that triggered pro-jallikattu supporters in Tamil Nadu. The state is driven by two integral factors - Politics and cinema. These two factors have a strong connect with Tamil people. So much that it has changed the way they look at life.

    India Today - Jan 17 11:50 GMT - more ...

  • French actress Andreanne dubs in Tamil for her role

    At a time when actresses in Kollywood are hesitant about dubbing for their parts, here is a French girl from Pondicherry who has no qualms dubbing for her Tamil lines. In fact, actress Andreanne also knows how to read and write Tamil. "I have been living in Pondicherry for the past 20 years and it would be shame if I didn't know Tamil after living here for so many…

    Times of India - Sep 13 08:40 GMT - more ...

  • Rajinikanth thanks fans for the success of 'Kabali'

    Here's why Rajinikanth could not return in time for Kabali Rajinikanth, in a short letter, extended his gratitude to producer Thanu, director Ranjith and his crew, fans, youngsters, women, the media, theatre owners and distributors, for the grand success of Kabali.

    The Hindu - Jul 26 08:37 GMT - more ...

  • Film Review: In Paris-set 'Dheepan,' a timely refugee thriller

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - French director Jacques Audiard is a curious combination of art-house auteur and genre filmmaker, a brazen showman and gritty naturalist. He makes tender and brutal movies that recast themselves as they twist their way toward unpredictable finales. To suit tales of transformation (his specialty), he switches genres mid-movie like a character changing…

    AP - May 05 08:41 GMT - more ...

  • For Its Star, ‘Dheepan’ Was the Role of His Lifetime

    In “Dheepan,” the latest film by the French director Jacques Audiard, a migrant from a war-torn land borrows a passport and makes his way to France, where he seeks asylum. It is also loosely the story of the film’s star, Antonythasan Jesuthasan, a writer and former leftist militant from Sri Lanka, who arrived in France in 1993 with a fake French passport,…

    New York Times - Apr 21 04:47 GMT - more ...

  • Rahman postpones Colombo concert after anti-Sri Lanka posters emerge outside his home

    Last month, music sensation 'Isai Puyal' AR Rahman announced that he will be performing live in Colombo on April 23. But following protests from anti-Sri Lanka groups and posters being stuck outside his Chennai residence, his show has been postponed indefinitely. …

    The News Minute - Apr 06 00:01 GMT - more ...

  • Oscar host Rock's performance of a lifetime

    Chris Rock put in the performance of his life as host of the 88th Academy Awards - and transformed what had threatened to be the most controversial of ceremonies into one of the very best. …

    BBC - Feb 29 09:32 GMT - more ...

  • Tamil comedian Kumarimuthu passes away in Chennai

    Actor and comedian Kumarimuthu, 77, breathed his last on Sunday at a private hospital in Chennai. Sources have been quoted as saying that he passed away at Kauvery Hospital due to illnesses related to old age. …

    DNA - Feb 29 08:50 GMT - more ...

  • Movie review: Palme d'or winner Dheepan a turbulent refugee drama

    Jacques Audiard knows how to bring dramatic punch to a story. The French director’s potent films The Beat That My Heart Skipped, A Prophet, and Rust and Bone teem with the potential for and sporadic outbreaks of violence, while riding a gritty authenticity that makes them hard to turn away from. …

    Montreal Gazette - Feb 11 21:58 GMT - more ...

  • Best of 2015: Top five heroes who ruled Tamil cinema this year

    We saw nearly 200 Tamil films release this year across a variety of genres, themes and budgets. A whole host of newcomers were introduced in Tamil cinema but it was some of the top stars who gave us fantastic performances and movies that we will not forget so easily. Here’s a look at the top five actors in Tamil cinema in 2015.

    DNA - Dec 23 12:49 GMT - more ...

  • Film review: The Crow’s Egg is a light-hearted gem from Tamil cinema

    Tamil cinema gets a rare outing in Hong Kong with this life-affirming story of two Chennai slum kids and their efforts to taste the exotic and seemingly unattainable pizza sold at a flashy new eatery. Buoyed up by charming, naturalistic performances and a catchy soundtrack from G.V. Prakash Kumar, The Crow’s Egg is that rare family film that eschews big budget…

    SCMP - Dec 06 16:24 GMT - more ...

  • Vedalam Breaks Records to Become Tamil Cinema's Biggest Opener

    Actor Ajith Kumar's latest Tamil outing Vedalam, which scooped Rs. 15.3 crores on its opening day in Tamil Nadu, has emerged as the biggest box office opener in the language since last year's blockbuster Kaththi. …

    NDTV - Nov 13 13:37 GMT - more ...

  • South Indian actress Manorama dies

    One of the best-known South Indian actresses, Gopishantha - better-known by her stage name Manorama, has died of a heart attack in the city of Chennai, her family members say. …

    BBC - Oct 13 09:08 GMT - more ...

  • Baahubali: Why India's priciest film has done well at box office

    India's battle epic Baahubali (Strong Man), billed as its most expensive film to date, was released in cinemas on Friday. Sudha G Tilak explains why the film has caught movie-mad India's imagination. …

    BBC - Jul 13 11:56 GMT - more ...

  • First look: Priyanka Chopra looks hot and happening in 'Dil Dhadakne Do'

    Anil Kapoor's westernised avatar might have sent Bollywood into a tizzy, but it was Ranveer Singh's cool and candid Kabir Mehra which looted our hearts. Following the two sensational reveals, Priyanka Chopra unveiled the first look of her character from Dil Dhadakne Do. …

    DNA - Apr 09 15:13 GMT - more ...

  • 'Arular' 10 Years Later: M.I.A. Reflects on Globe-Shaking Debut

    M.I.A. spent the early-Aughts as a creative hybrid — a graphic designer, photographer, videographer and hipster fashionista living in London. When her friend Justine Frischmann, the onetime singer of Elastica, loaned her a Roland MC-505, she began writing clever tracks that mashed globally-aware lyrics with gyrating, inimitable dance beats.

    Rolling Stone - Mar 27 09:44 GMT - more ...

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