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  • ‘Swami’ Dakshinamoorthy centenary ignored by Tamil film industry

    Friday, November 13, 2020 09:16 PM IST, Chennai

    'Malayalam' Dakshinamoorthy, as was called the famous music director, had composed for over 125 films including 13 in Tamil, and had groomed Ilayaraja, Yesudas, NC Vasanthakokilam, P Leela, P Susheela, Kalyani Menon and Bhavatharini among many other singers and music directors. Yet his birth centenary last year was totally ignored by the film industry in Chennai

  • MGR wanted murder case against Balu Mahendra over Shoba death

    Friday, October 30, 2020 07:16 PM IST, Chennai

    Senior police officer and former head of CBI, RK Raghavan, provides juicy details of his encounter with the then chief minister M G Ramachandran who was desperately trying to convert the actress Shoba case from suicide to murder ! He wanted a murder case tpo be filed against film director Balu Mahendra who was in a relationship with her.

  • The SPB statue story adds fuel to the myth that can’t be ‘busted’

    Saturday, October 24, 2020 04:04 PM IST, Chennai

    Is a statue for a living person unlucky? Does it bring in bad luck, bad days for such a person? Did it happen in the case of singer SPB who ordered a statue for himself? In a world full of superstitions even in the 21st century, such questions do crop up.

  • P K Muthusamy, lyricist in centenary year -- not a burden to mankind

    Sunday, October 04, 2020 12:53 AM IST, Chennai

    P K Muthusamy died at the age of 100 as a poor man, living all alone at his village near Rasipuram. He wrote about 60 Tamil film songs but also created a sensation by making a plagiarism charge against his former chief minister and film-world colleague M Karunanidhi

  • Farewell, my friend SPB

    Saturday, September 26, 2020 10:05 PM IST, Chennai

    Those were the days when Ilayaraja and his brothers struggled for even one square meal in two days. They would conduct music for Bharatiraja's plays and occasionally get a chance to play the guitar for a film recording. Bharatiraja requested SPB, then an up-and-coming singer to engage them in his orchestra which used to perform light music programmes in Chennai. SPB took them on board. Later, Ilayaraja rose to such dizzy heights as a music composer that SPB wondered where that talent came from.

  • Centenary of lyricist Ku Ma Balasubramaniam ignored

    Monday, August 24, 2020 08:11 PM IST, Chennai

    Ku Ma Ba, as he was later known, was actually proficient in writing chaste and classical Tamil and went on write over 600 film songs for leading music directors like G Ramanathan, KV Mahadevan, TG Lingappa, Sudarsanam, Salil Chowdhury and so on, in films starring MGR, Sivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan, SS Rajendran, Vijayakanth among others. Born on May 13, 1920, at Velukkudi village in undivided Thanjavur district, in an agricultural family, his centenary too has been ignored

  • Madan Mohan Birth Anniversary

    Thursday, June 25, 2020 08:43 PM IST, Chennai

    Today, is the birth anniverary of one of the best composers India has ever seen, Madan Mohan. Awards never came his way, but it was probably better that way, we can console ourselves to say, as his music remained unspoiled and untainted by power, pelf or prestige.

  • A L Raghavan had ushered in new genre of Tamil Pop

    Monday, June 22, 2020 01:59 PM IST, Chennai

    When the song PombaLai Oruthi IrundhALAm broke out in the hit film AdhE KangaL with music by Vedha, there were a few words that sounded like gibberish. They were not gibberish, but were Sourashtrian words used by Raghavan and TMS, both Sourashtrians

  • Filmmaker Raghava Lawrence walks out of Kanchana Hindi remake

    Thursday, May 23, 2019 01:59 PM IST, Mumbai

    Actor-filmmaker Raghava Lawrence has walked out of the Hindi remake of Kanchana, Laxmmi Bomb. He was slated to direct Laxmmi Bomb.

  • Yesudas-Ilayaraja combination is back for Tamil films

    Thursday, April 18, 2019 10:59 AM IST, Chennai

    Noted singer K J Yesudas has recorded a song for a Tamil film after a long gap. He has now sung a song for the film Tamilarasan with maestro Ilayaraja scoring the music.

  • Kamal Haasan starrer Vishwaroopam hits screens on Aug 10

    Tuesday, August 07, 2018 11:08 PM IST, Chennai

    Kamal Haasan’s spy film Vishwaroopam 2 has hit the screens on August 10. Kamal, who is actively promoting the film, said that the film was extremely close to his heart. “This is the longest I had to wait for the release of a movie”, he said. Vishwaroopam 2 is an espionage thriller packed with high-octane action sequences, with Kamal at the age of 63, performing the stunts himself.

  • Kamal Haasan’s Maiam releases political anthem album

    Tuesday, June 26, 2018 04:03 PM IST, Chennai

    Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam released its political anthem album titled ‘Ithu Nammavar Padai’ in Chennai on June 25, 2018. The lyrics for the six songs in the album are penned down by Snehan, film lyricist and a participant of Bigg Boss which has Kamal as the anchor.

  • Viswaroopam 2 trailers to be launched on June 11 by Aamir, Jr NTR, Sruthi

    Sunday, June 10, 2018 12:50 PM IST, Chennai

    The trailers of Kamal Haasan's Viswaroopam 2 will released at an event that will attract national, even global attention, on June 11 at 5 pm. Aamir Khan will release the film’s Hindi trailer while Jr NTR will release the Telugu version.

  • You have made me a Tamilian, says Rajinikanth

    Friday, May 19, 2017 12:09 PM IST, Chennai

    Who is a Tamilian? Tamil Superstar Rajinikanth in response to this poser, answered the question himself at an interaction with his fans in Chennai on May 19. "You have made me a Tamilian", Rajinikanth said to a cheering audience of his fans.

  • If I enter politics -- Rajinikanth leaves the question hanging

    Tuesday, May 16, 2017 08:45 AM IST, Chennai

    Tamil superstar Rajinikanth, as is customary prior to the release of his film, deliberately threw hints about a possible political entry but made it clear that he would not support those who tried to make money from politics, and asked his fans not be disappointed if he did not enter politics.

  • Ajith's Vivegam teaser crosses 6 million mark in 12 hours, new record

    Thursday, May 11, 2017 11:09 PM IST, Chennai

    'Thala' Ajith's Vivegam teaser has crossed 6 million views in just 12 hours, breaking all kinds of records. From dimly lit silhouettes, shots of a man vrooming away on a mobike, facing bullets, Ajith looks fit and raring to go in this Tamil spy thriller.

  • Rajinikanth to meet his fans for 5 days from May 15

    Thursday, May 11, 2017 10:10 PM IST, Chennai

    Fans of Superstar Rajinikanth will have an opportunity to meet him during a 5-day stint in Chennai from May 15. Although Rajinikanth has denied any move to enter politics, his fans are mounting pressure on him to take the plunge, taking advantage of the present political situation after the death of AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa.

  • Conman middleman of Dhinakaran is wanted in several States

    Monday, April 17, 2017 04:54 PM IST, New Delhi

    Sukesh Chandrasekhar, involved in the Rs 50-crore bribery deal with TTV Dhinakaran to help the latter get the AIADMK Two Leaves symbol, is a serial conman who is wanted by the police in several States. There are nearly 50 cases pending against him in various States.

  • Tamil film actor Sarath Kumar residence raided by IT in Chennai

    Friday, April 07, 2017 03:04 PM IST, Chennai

    Tamil film actor Sarath Kumar's residence in southern Chennai was raided on April 7 morning by Income Tax authorities. The raids are said to be linked to the campaign for the RK Nagar byelection in Chennai scheduled for April 12.

  • Rajini film 2.0 nearing completion, says director Shankar

    Friday, March 10, 2017 05:14 PM IST, Chennai

    The Rajiikanth film 2.0, directed by Shankar, is nearing completion. It is slated for a Deepavali release in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. Director Shankar said only a song remained to be shot. Director Shankar said only a song remained to be shot, besides a few patchwork stints.

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