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New Tamil films, more non-releases for Pongal
By Chitra Prakash,
Chennai, Jan 14 Tamil Nadu's harvest festival Pongal ushers in
several new films but it will also see many that missed the
While seven films are hitting the screens during the festival,
as many as 10 have turned out to be non-releases.
A Bollywood hero stars in the best publicised of the seven
films. "Guru", with Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai as the
lead pair, is drawing attention here mainly for its director
Mani Ratnam. Trade pundits are waiting to see whether the magic
of Ratnam and music director A.R. Rahman works for the film in
Tamil Nadu, where regional actors are the largest crowd pullers.
Actor Vijay plays the lead role in "Pokkiri", a
remake of Telugu hit of the same name by Mahesh Babu. Dancing
sensation Prabhu Deva has directed the film.
Ajith plays an unusual role for a hero in "Azhwar".
Chella directs the film, which is about a hospital attendant
taking on big-time criminals. Asin lends her glamorous touch to
the action thriller.
Another action flick is "Thamiraparani", with Vishal
as the vanquisher of villains. Newcomer Bhanu is the female lead
in the film directed by Venkatram Reddy.
T. Rajender dons the lawyer's black coat in "Veerasamy", which
is scripted and directed by him too. Debutant Ajees and Meghna
Naidu play the lead pair.
Karthik plays a lawyer in "Kalakkura Chanduru" with Anu as his
love interest under Ravi Raja's direction.
Suriya's younger brother Karthi makes his debut as hero
in "Paruthiveeran". Priyamani is cast opposite him in the
film directed by Amir. Yuvan Shakar Raja has provided the music
The 10 films that failed to make it as Pongal releases are:
"Pachchaikkili Mutthuchcharam", "Unnale Unnale", "Oram Po", "Deepavali",
"Sabari", "Kuppi", "Ninaithale", "Latchiyam Oru Thayin Asai", "Thullura
Vayasu", and "Adavadi".
The Tamil Film Producers' Association attributes this to the
insufficient number of cinema halls.
Many in the industry, however, say that films of second-string
actors like 'Jayam' Ravi and Arya often face such odds.
'Pokiri' the only Pongal hit
By Aparna Nath,
Chennai, Jan 23 Except for the Vijay-starrer "Pokiri", no other
Pongal film is doing well at the box office. The Dhanush-starrer
"Thiruvilayadal Aarambham", a laugh riot, is ideed going great
The top five Tamil films are:
1."Pokiri" - Director: Prabhu Deva. Telugu film "Pokiri",
starring Mahesh Babu, was the biggest hit of 2006 in Andhra
Pradesh. Though the Tamil remake is doing good business at the
box office, it seems the film may not repeat the success story
of the original.
2."Aalwar" - Director: Chella. After the stupendous success of "Varalaaru",
people expected another 'super' film from Ajith. Instead they
got a disaster called "Aalwar". The film is a huge
disappointment for everyone, including his fans.
3."Thiruvilaiyadal Aarambham" - Director: Bhoopathy Pandian.
This is turning out to be a big hit for Dhanush, a kind of
rebirth for the actor. The film depicts the lighter side of the
4."Thamiraparani" - Director: Hari: Actor Vishal is in yet
another film that looks like "Thimiru" and "Sivappathikaram".
Vishal goes around killing people with a sickle. Nobody knows
how many more films he will appear in with deadly weapons like
knives or sickles.
5."Veyyil" - Director: Vasantha Balan: The film's success shows
that there is an audience for good films. The film is drawing
crowds for its realism, music and actor Pasupathy.
'Thiruvilayadal' crowned top Tamil album
By Aparna Nath,
Chennai, Jan 23 With the super success of the movie "Thiruvilayadal
Aarambham", its album has also raced to the top despite the
The top five Tamil albums are:
1."Thiruvilayadal Aarambham" - Music Director: D. Imman. The
film is a huge success. Naturally, the album has also started
rocking. This could be Imman's biggest success.
2."Pokiri" - Music Director: Mani Sharma. The album is at number
two only because the movie is doing decent business. Of course,
the music is racy but not extraordinary.
3."Unnale Unnale" - Music Director: Harris Jayaraj. After "Ghajini"
and "Vettaiyadu Vilaiyadu", Jayaraj comes out with a good album.
So far, this music director has not disappointed his fans.
4."Thamiraparani" - Music Director: Yuvan Shankar Raja: With
this album Yuvan is back but not with a bang. He is becoming
5."Deepavali" - Music Director: Yuvan Shankar Raja. With "Deepavali",
Yuvan will satisfy his disappointed fans. Vijay Jesudas' "Kaadhal
vaithu" is the pick of the album.
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