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Heard first narration of 'Jeeva' with Vishal: Vishnu
Heard first narration of 'Jeeva' with Vishal: Vishnu Actor Vishnu, who is awaiting the release of forthcoming Tamil sports-drama "Jeeva", says he heard the first narration of the film with actor Vishal Krishna Reddy, who will be distributing it under his home banner Vishal Film Factory. "Jeeva", which is directed by Suseenthiran, releases

Great deal to work in Dhanush's film: Meenakshi
Great deal to work in Dhanush's film: Meenakshi Actress Meenakshi Sarkar, who is returning to Tamil films with Dhanush-starrer "Soodhadi", says it's a "great deal" to work with a talented artist like him. Meenakshi was last seen in 2010 Tamil film "Agam Puram". "I may not be playing Dhanush's pair in the film, but it still is a g

Love to experiment with anti-hero roles: Srikanth
Love to experiment with anti-hero roles: Srikanth Actor Meka Srikanth, who will next be seen in Telugu family drama "Govindudu Andarivadele", says he doesn't mind taking up anti-hero roles as it gives him an opportunity to "experiment" with his career. "I have played characters with negative shades in the past and I don't mind playing

Almost half of 'Madras' shot at night: Cinematographer
Almost half of 'Madras' shot at night: Cinematographer Cinematographer G. Murali says he shot nearly half of Karthi-starrer forthcoming Tamil action-drama "Madras" at night using natural sources of light in real locations. "We must have shot about 40 percent of the film or even more at night. Some places become quiet around 10 p.m. But the p

Working with Rahman again a rare privilege: Vedhika Kumar
Working with Rahman again a rare privilege: Vedhika Kumar Southern actress Vedhika Kumar considers working with Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman for the second time in upcoming Tamil drama "Kaaviya Thalaivan" a "rare privilege" as everybody longs for one opportunity to work with the maestro. "I have worked with Rahman sir previously in "Sakka

Kamal Haasan motivates young actors in 'Uttama Villain'
Kamal Haasan motivates young actors in 'Uttama Villain' Actor-filmmaker Ramesh Aravind says that Kamal Haasan's association with the upcoming Tamil drama "Uttama Villain" motivated all the young actors who are part of the film to work with even more seriousness. "Uttama Villain", directed by Aravind, features current crop of actors such as Po

Ranjith's work as signboard artist inspired 'Madras'
Ranjith's work as signboard artist inspired 'Madras' Director P. Ranjith says his brief stint as a signboard artist inspired him to write the story of "Madras", which releases in cinemas Friday. The Tamil film presents the story of two groups fighting for the ownership of a wall. "I'm a student of College of Fine Arts. I've worked for a

Theyyam in 'Uttama Villain' not copied: Ramesh Aravind
Theyyam in 'Uttama Villain' not copied: Ramesh Aravind Actor-filmmaker Ramesh Aravind says the 1,000-year-old art form called Theyyam used in his upcoming Tamil directorial "Uttama Villain" has only been used with certain liberties and not been copied. Theyyam is a traditional ritual art form of worship popular in Kerala. "I want to set th

E.Niwas to launch Anushka Shetty in Bollywood?
E.Niwas to launch Anushka Shetty in Bollywood? Filmmaker E.Niwas, who last directed "Aman Ki Asha", now plans to launch southern actress Anushka Shetty in Bollywood with his next film, titled "Juvenile". "I have narrated the script to Anushka and she has liked it, but it's in a very initial stage right now. Neither we have confirmed

Bollywood was not very welcoming: Sonali Raut
Bollywood was not very welcoming: Sonali Raut Model-turned-actress Sonali Raut, who has entered reality show "Bigg Boss 8" in a bid to get "visibility", says her Bollywood debut with "The Xpose" didn't get her the recognition she had hoped for. Sonali played a sensuous grey character in the film. "Very frankly, Bollywood was not ver

Hansal Mehta's next a women-centric film?
Hansal Mehta's next a women-centric film? If all goes as planned, Hansal Mehta who last directed "Citylights", will next wield the megaphone for a women-centric film. A source close to the director said: "Hansal doesn't like to talk about his projects in their initial stage, but yes, if things go well, his next will be a women-

Shashi Kapoor stable, likely to be discharged soon
Shashi Kapoor stable, likely to be discharged soon Yesteryear's heartthrob Shashi Kapoor's condition is stable and he is likely to be discharged soon, said a source fromt he hospital. "He is stable and he will be discharged in a day or two," the source told IANS while updating the 76-year-old's health condition. He hospitalised Sep 21

Salim-Sulaiman, Farhan to collaborate over 'Chhulein aasman'
Salim-Sulaiman, Farhan to collaborate over 'Chhulein aasman' Composers Salim and Sulaiman Merchant have collaborated with actor-filmmaker and singer Farhan Akhtar for their single "Chhulein aasman" as part of an initiative to increase internet literacy among women in the country. The song is part of a joint initiative called ReachForTheSky - by

Mars mission 'massive achievement', says B-Town
Mars mission 'massive achievement', says B-Town India Wednesday created space history by becoming the first country in the world to enter Mars' orbit in its maiden attempt. Expressing their joy, Bollywood stars say that it is a "historic" moment for all Indians. India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) sped over 650 million km through d

Regret not getting musical roles in films: Annu Kapoor
Regret not getting musical roles in films: Annu Kapoor Annu Kapoor is a name that has become synonymous with the musical game show "Antakshari". And the National Award winning actor "feels sad" not being offered roles that involve music. "I will always feel sad for not doing a role which encompasses music, like a music teacher," Annu told I

Arya to use 'Bigg Boss' for new phase as author
Arya to use 'Bigg Boss' for new phase as author Actor-politician Raj Babbar's son Arya has joined the celebrity bandwagon on "Bigg Boss 8" and one of his key motives is to expand the MARKET for a book he has authored, via the reality show. He's also confident of winning the show. What brought him to "Bigg Boss? "The MONEY , of co

'Daawat..', 'Khoobsurat' underperform at box office
'Daawat..', 'Khoobsurat' underperform at box office "Daawat-e-Ishq" has minted more than "Khoobsurat" in the past four days, but they didn't meet the expectations of the audience, says an expert. Anil Kapoor and his daughter Rhea had joined hands with Walt Disney Studios to co-produce "Khoobsurat", a remake of the 1980 Rekha starrer "

Richa Chadha to romance Saif onscreen?
Richa Chadha to romance Saif onscreen? Actress Richa Chadha will reportedly star in "Mr. Chaalu" along with Saif Ali Khan and Kangana Ranaut. The "Fukrey" actress will be seen as an urban Mumbai girl and is the second lead in the movie to be directed by Reema Kagti and produced by Excel Entertainment. "Richa has been sig

Aryan Rajesh turns producer for brother
Aryan Rajesh turns producer for brother Actor Aryan Rajesh has donned the producer's hat for Telugu film "Bandipotu", which stars his brother Allari Naresh. The film will be launched here June 10 on the occasion of the birth anniversary of late producer E.V.V. Satyanarayana. "It will be an out and out comedy entertainer akin t

Praveen Sataru's next about Pullela Gopichand
Praveen Sataru's next about Pullela Gopichand Filmmaker Praveen Sataru will soon direct a yet-untitled Telugu film on the life of Indian badminton champion Pullela Gopichand. Actor Sudheer Babu, who is a professional badminton player, will reprise Gopichand on screen. "I'm busy with the film's script and as soon as I complete it, we

Dasari bags Telugu remake rights of 'Manjapai'
Dasari bags Telugu remake rights of 'Manjapai' Ace filmmaker Dasari Narayana Rao has acquired the Telugu remake rights of Tamil comedy drama "Manjapai", which is currently going strong at the box office. The cast and crew is yet to be finalised. Directed by N. Raghavan, "Manjapai" explores the relationship between a grandfather and h

Project with Mani Ratnam still on: Mahesh Babu
Project with Mani Ratnam still on: Mahesh Babu Superstar Mahesh Babu has clarified that he has not walked out of filmmaker Mani Ratnam's yet-untitled upcoming Tamil-Telugu bilingual. He says the dates are being worked out and they plan to start shooting soon. "Mani Ratnam project is very much on. Since I'm busy with multiple proje

Sunny Leone ready for comparisons with Sherlyn Chopra
Sunny Leone ready for comparisons with Sherlyn Chopra Indo-Canadian adult film actress Sunny Leone, who is set to host the seventh season of "MTV Splitsvilla", is ready for comparisons with last year's host Sherlyn Chopra. However, the "Ragini MMS 2" actress says that comparisons don't worry her. "The comparison is a natural thing, those

When Arya's feedback mattered most to his brother
When Arya's feedback mattered most to his brother Actor Sathya, who is awaiting the release of Tamil romantic-drama "Amarakaaviyam", says that when his actor-brother Arya recently watched his film in a private screening, he patiently waited for his feedback as it mattered to him the most. "I was away from the country when Arya saw the f

Not selling IPL stake or settling in US: Preity Zinta
Not selling IPL stake or settling in US: Preity Zinta Actress Preity Zinta has slammed media speculation that she's selling off her stake in the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kings XI Punjab, which she co-owns with former beau and industrialist Ness Wadia; and that she is planning to settle in US. She has asked people not to believe

Shot for over two months in forests: 'Netru Indru' director
Shot for over two months in forests: 'Netru Indru' director Director Padma Magan of Tamil action-thriller "Netru Indru", which releases Friday, says that his crew struggled for over two months in the dense forests of Tamil Nadu and Kerala to shoot the movie. "We spent about 65 days in the dense forests around the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Mahesh Babu calls Akhil the next superstar
Mahesh Babu calls Akhil the next superstar Superstar Mahesh Babu, who recently watched the Akkineni family's Telugu family drama "Manam", is all praise for the cameo by debutant Akkineni Akhil, son of actor Akkineni Nagarjuna. Akhil's cameo was raved by critics and audiences alike. "Manam" also features late legendary Telugu acto

Illayaraja plants sapling on his birthday
Illayaraja plants sapling on his birthday Music maestro Illayaraja, who turned 71 Monday, planted the first of the 71,001 saplings that members of his fan club are to plant across the state on the occasion of his birthday here. "Raja sir planted the first sapling on his birthday. His fans will plant the rest of the 71,000 saplin

'Yamaleela 2' high on visual effects: Krishna Reddy
'Yamaleela 2' high on visual effects: Krishna Reddy Filmmaker S.V. Krishna Reddy, who is busy with upcoming Tamil mythological-comedy "Yamaleela 2", says its computer generated imagery (CGI) will make it a visual treat for the audiences. "We are making sure that 'Yamaleela 2' looks a lot better. We couldn't afford to use CGI back then and

Film on legendary actor NTR in the offing
Film on legendary actor NTR in the offing A Telugu film titled "Mahaganudu", which is in the offing, will be based on the life of late legendary Telugu actor Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR). The funds from this film will be donated for the development of the new capital of Andhra Pradesh post-bifurcation. "We are adapting the li

Kannada remake of 'Mirchi' strikes gold
Kannada remake of 'Mirchi' strikes gold Kiccha Sudeep-starrer "Maanikya", the Kannada remake of recent Telugu blockbuster "Mirchi", has minted Rs.14 crore on its opening weekend. The movie released May 1 in the state. It is expected to register the highest first week opening in the language in recent times, predicts a trade an

Pawan Kumar: Pay only if you like content
Pawan Kumar: Pay only if you like content Filmmaker Pawan Kumar, who rose to prominence with his Kannada independent film "Lucia", is testing the waters with an alternative distribution system where the audience will pay for a film only if they like the content. "How do we know if what we are paying for is worth the money? As an

Say 'no' to dubbing, rues Kannada film industry
Say 'no' to dubbing, rues Kannada film industry Under the tutelage of leading actors such as Shivrajkumar and Kiccha Sudeep and activist Vatal Nagaraj, the Kannada film industry staged a rally here against the release of dubbed films in the state. "By releasing other language films and serials dubbed in Kannada, we are sidelining the

Kannada actor Raghavendra recovering from blood clot
Kannada actor Raghavendra recovering from blood clot Kannada actor-producer Raghavendra Rajkumar is recuperating in a private hospital here after emergent surgery conducted to remove a blood clot in his brain, a hospital spokesman said Thursday. "The actor is responding to treatment and feeling better than yesterday (Wednesday - when the

Kamal Haasan writing script for Ramesh Aravind's movie
Kamal Haasan writing script for Ramesh Aravind's movie Kannada actor-director Ramesh Aravind, who is directing "Uthama Villain", says that Kamal Haasan is not only playing the lead, but also writing the script of his movie. The film will go on floors in November. "The current working title is 'Uthama Villain', we are working on the scri

Varalaxmi Sarathkumar for Kannada remake of 'Mirchi'
Varalaxmi Sarathkumar for Kannada remake of 'Mirchi' Tamil actress Varalaxmi Sarathkumar has been roped in to pair with superstar Kiccha Sudeep in the untitled Kannada remake of Telugu blockbuster "Mirchi", which went on floors recently. "We have roped in Varalaxmi to play one of the heroines in the film. We are on the lookout for the res

Ramya, Karnataka's first actress in Lok Sabha
Ramya, Karnataka's first actress in Lok Sabha Ramya, who was Saturday elected to Lok Sabha from Mandya constituency in Karnataka, is the first female actor from the state to enter parliament. Fielded by the ruling Congress, she defeated C.S. Puttaraju of Janata Dal-Secular in the bypoll held Aug 21. Mandya is about 80 kms from Bang

Congress fields actress Ramya for Karnataka LS bypoll
Congress fields actress Ramya for Karnataka LS bypoll Popular Kannada film actor Ramya Saturday filed nomination papers as the Congress candidate for the Aug 21 bypoll to Mandya Lok Sabha seat from Karnataka. She is pitted against former legislator C. S. Puttaraju of Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S), who filed his papers Friday. Mandya is about 8

Sai Kumar wants to continue 'Police Story' franchise
Sai Kumar wants to continue 'Police Story' franchise His unforgettable role as police officer Agni in Kannada action-drama "Police Story" catapulted him to star status, and now southern actor Sai Kumar Pudipeddi, is keen to begin work on the third part in the series. "I've been thinking of starting work on 'Police Story 3', but nothing has

Young Kannada actor Hemanth dead
Young Kannada actor Hemanth dead Kannada actor Hemanth, seen in his debut film "Nenapinangala", died of a heart attack at a private hospital here Wednesday, a family friend said. He was 27. "He complained of chest pain last evening when he was working out in a gym. He was rushed to M.S. Ramaiah Hospital where he underw

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