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  July 2001

Jul. 28, 2001
Web posted at: 16:01 EST

Lara Dutta released audio

Prasanth who is currently starring in many of the high profile banners had two of his producers released their audio cassettes on the same day. While CeeTV (I) Ltd got Lara Dutta to release the audio album of their film Majnu and had its heroine Rinkie Khanna flown down to attend the launch, on the other hand, Madhesh (co-producer of Mudhalvan) producer of Chocklet struck on a new idea. He did not have any function. Instead sent the audiocassettes to every shop with a 5 Star Cadbury chocolate inside.

Chocklet (spelt that way by the producer) has very breezy music. With all the news of the extravagant production flowing in, the visuals would be a treat to watch. The publicity posters have Prasanth holding Jayare (Miss Goa) who is in micro mini shorts. Enough for the guys to come to the theatres. The audio of Majnu was yet to reach the shops at the time of going to the press. Itís the second by Harris Jayraj after Minnale and today he is second to Rahman charging around Rs 70 lakhs for a film. Dr Murli Manohar will spare no efforts to focus on the visuals. Director Ravichandran whose Kannethrey Thondrinal was a musical hit will no doubt give good visuals to Harrisís music.

Jul. 27, 2001
Web posted at: 10:39 EST

Mani Rathnam's next venture

Mani Rathnam's next venture will be set in Sri Lanka.

The film to be made in Tamil is called Kannathil Muthamittal which means "If I Kiss On The Cheek." The director is keeping the details under wraps, Madhavan is pairing with Simran in this film. Also features a Buddha that is fifty feet high.

Buddham Saranam Gacchami? Possibly, but the details aren't out as yet. Rathnam has made several films with bold and different themes in the past. If Roja was about Kashmir, Bombay centred on the Bombay riots. With Uyire, known only for the train-top number thaiya thaiya, he journeyed into the northeast.

Shooting in Sri Lanka is a different ball game. The island is strife-torn, and making a film in the country is not the simplest thing to do. But for one to deliver a hit even in a regional film, taking risks has become increasingly necessary. Mani Rathnam is not a person who is known to take the tired routes to commercial success. More precisely, even if he does so, he does that smartly which is what we saw in his superhits.

Recently Maniratnam had a mild heart attack and hospitalised at the Apollo Hospital Chennai. The doctors have asked him to take a rest.

Jul. 23, 2001
Web posted at: 10:11 EST

Sivaji Ganesan cremated

Chennai, July 23: The mortal remains of thespian Sivaji Ganesan were consigned to flames at the Besant Nagar crematorium here at 1230 hrs today with full police honours, watched by thousands of mourners including leading lights of the film industry.

His eldest son Ramkumar performed the last rites. Police, present in full strength, performed the gun salute as a mark of respect to the actor who had earned worldwide recognition. Police fired 21 rounds in the air.

Earlier, his body was taken in a procession on a flower bedecked truck from his house ĎAnnai Illamí at 0900 hrs to the crematorium via South Boag Road, Venkatanarayana Road, Nandanam signal, Chamiers Road, Greenways Road, Durgabai Deshmukh Road, Tiru Vi Ka Bridge and Besant Nagar Main Road.

Earlier in the day, almost all the film actors, actresses, directors, producers, technicians and others connected with the film industry, led by South Indian Cine Artistesí Association president Vijaykanth, took out a silent procession from the association office on Habibullah Road to Sivajiís house before the commencement of the funeral procession.

Rajnikanth, Kamal Haasan, Vijaykanth, Sathyaraj, Sarat Kumar and Ilayaraja accompanied Sivajiís actor son Prabhu on the truck.

Twelve cine artistes carrying black flags and wearing black shirts came on horses in front of the truck. Thousands of Sivaji fans lined up on the streets to have a last glimpse of the matinee idol.

TNCC president E V K S Elangovan, Thondar Congress president Kumari Ananthan and Puthiya Tamizhagam leader Dr K Krishnasamy were among the prominent political leaders who joined the procession. Before the cremation, Chennai Mayor M K Stalin arrived to place a wreath.

The police made elaborate security arrangements at Annai Illam, the procession route and at the crematorium to control the crowd.

Thanks (Chennai Online)

Jul. 21, 2001
Web posted at: 12:35 EST

Dr. Sivaji Ganesan dead

Dr. Sivaji Ganesan died at the Apollo Hospital here following cardiac arrest. Considered a role model for the acting fraternity, the star of many a Tamil hit over decades, he was admitted to the hospital a few days ago as he had breathing problem. The end came at 2010(IST)hrs.

Dr. Sivaji Ganesan was born at Villupuram, South Arcot Distdct, in the then Madras Province, on 1st October 1928. A middle class family man, his father was Chinniah Pillai and mother Rajamani Ammal.

From an early age, he had shown a great aptitude towards the stage, and at the age of six, he left his family to join a dramatic troupe. He appeared as Sita in the play Ramayana and thereafter, step by step, established a great reputation as an actor.

His talent was undeniable in C.N. Annadurai's play Sivaji Kanda Indhu Rajyam - the highly successful play led to Ganesan being given the name of the character he played.

Ganesan's debut film Parasakthi (1952) was a superhit and he became the face of DMK Films, the studio geared to promoting the political idealogy of the DMK political party. The film remains an important one in Tamil cinema.

The swashbuckling style and versatility that made him a superstar evolved to a maturity that lacks none of the charisma of his youth - for example, the 1970 success Vietnam Veedu (with Padmini).

His famous films include Poongothai/Pardesi and Pempudu Koduku (1953), Manohara (1954), Kalvanin Kadhali (1955), Tenali Raman ( a megahit) and Rangoon Radha of 1956, Makkali Petra Maharasi (1957), Maragatham (1959), Motor Sunderam Pillai (1970), and Pasumponn (1995).

So far he acted more than 350 film. His demise is a huge lost for Tamil movie industry.

Tamil Movies Online mourns the demise of this vetern star.

Jul. 11, 2001
Web posted at: 15:02 EST

Balachander hits A Century

The famous film personality K.Balachander, a multilingual director (who has made 99 movies in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Hindi), is finally going to hit a century as his 100th movie is in the make. His 100th movie-
Paarthale Paravasam, which is being made both in Telugu and Tamil, has Madhavan, Simran, Lawrence (dance director) and Sneha as the leading pairs.

His daughter Pushpa Kandaswamy would produce this 100th venture of Balachander. This movie has two things to boast of: Firstly after a long gap A.R.Rehman is composing music for this movie. Secondly, the two super stars of Kollywood Rajanikanth and Kamal Hassan would be seen in this movie in guest appearances. The two top stars feel that for the growth of their career in cine field, to a large extent Balachander has been responsible.

So, as a gift to their guru they are going to be seen in guest appearances in this 100th movie of Balachander. The movieís songs are to be shot in the beautiful locations of Australia, Canada and New Zealand. The movie would be released in August.

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