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July 1998 Edition
Meena's losing spree
Meena is trying to act costly these days. Earlier
she had signed a movie called "Vandaanga Jeyichanga" directed by Guru Dhanapal.
Initially she easily spared a huge chunk of her dates for this Satyaraj starrer. But all in a sudden, she stopped cooperating, with a
firm demand to hike her rate. She argued that she has been giving consistent hits in Tamil
and so she would not settle for anything less than Rs. 21 Lakhs. But as a result of her
stand, finally Meena is out of "Vandaanga Jeyichanga".
Besides, in her interviews Meena always expresses
her desire to act with Vijay, the most successful Tamil hero of today. But when she was
approached to act with Vijay in "Priyamudan", Meena declined the offer for some
unknown reasons. Similarly due to unavailability of dates, Meena had to lose
"Yendrentrum Kaathal", another Vijay-starrer too.
In her losing spree of movies,
"Maavilakku" is another one. "Maavilakku" had both Meena and Jayaram
as the leads. But when Jayaram lost his popularity in a short time, he was promptly
replaced by Ajeet. As soon as he became the hero of the movie, Ajeet demanded and got
Meena out of "Maavilaku". The inside story is, during a stage-performance in
Singapore, Ajeet did make some unwanted passes at Meena. But infuriated mother of the
actress, scolded Ajeet in front of everyone.
By removing Meena from "Maavilakku", it is
said Ajeet is taking a sweet revenge for the Singapore incident!
While she is ready to lose movies after movies in
Tamil, Meenas Telugu market seems to be promising again. Meena once popular in
Telugu, soon lost her place to Ramyas and Soundaryas. But her new movie in Telugu with
Venkatesh, the remake of Tamil "Suriyavamsam", is declared to be a box-office
hit. With this success in hand, Meena is trying to stage a come back in Telugu. In the
process, she probably does not mind losing a movie or two in Tamil, where star
compensation is said to be much lower than Telugu.
Tamil movie industry is in dire straits. In 1997,
some 70 movies were released. This year it looks like this number wont cross 50
even. There are 25 movies on the floor and out of them only 8 are said to be actively
Gemini Color Lab has declared a 3 day a week
schedule, because they do not have enough work. A dubbing theater, which used to gross Rs
3 lakhs a month, got only Rs 1,000 in June. Four major preview theaters in Chennai, which
used to make over 60 shows a month, did not have even 30 in June. Prasad Studios did not
have a single film unit working there, except for an odd TV commercial maker.Obviously,
the industry that entertain millions is in deep trouble. Hope it is just a passing
phase and the industry will be resilient enough to recover from this ugly predicament.
Soundarya is the numero uno actress in
Telugu. She is the one
lady who debunked the Telugu industrys norm of expose-and-succeed, a rare feet which
could make even Sridevi envy. This fully clad beauty is said to demand a cool Rs 25 lakh
per film and that too without any hitch!
Subsequent to "Arunachlam" and
"Kadhala Kadhala", there is a great demand for her in Tamil too. But the busiest
lady in Telugu does not accept any Tamil projects for the lack of time.
Recently Soundaraya is keen on entering the national
market with a new Hindi movie, a remake of the Tamil original "Suriyavamasm". In
the Hindi version, Soundarya is doing Devayanis role and she is paired with Abishek
Bachan, the Big Bs son.
Shimmers and Sizzles
Simran is the heroine of the new movie
"Kannedire Thondrinaal" produced by Shiva Shakti Pandian. Pandians earlier
movies "Vaanmathi", "Kaadal Kottai", "Kallamellam Kadal
Vazga" and "Kaadale Nimati",
were all family-oriented movies with no scope for glamour or titillation. On the contrary
the heroine of his current project is non other than the "Kavarchi-pooyal"
(translated roughly as glamour-cyclone) Simran herself.
With Simran as the lead, are there going to be any
Simranish shimmers or sizzles in "Kannedire Thondrinaal"?
"No way.." says Pandian. He maintains,
like his other movies even "Kannedire Thondrinaal" will also be a family
entertainer with very little scope for glamour or exposing. May be she would appear in
modern dresses, but nothing more than that!
But the next question we have is, why
Simran... why not Devayani or Suva Luxmi kind of heroines? This apparently looks like a
total misuse of Simrans talents! With Simran fully clad for "Kannedire
Thondrinaal", no wonder Prashant the Aiswarya-stuck hero of the movie, is reported to
be voraciously reading "Mahabharat" in the sets!
Ramki to marry Nirosha
Ramki, a hero of several low-budget movies, has finally come out
open on his clandestine affair with Nirosha. Though there were several stories published
in many magazines, he never bothered to accept or deny his relationship with her. For
late-comers, Nirosha is a Tamil heroine of late eighties and character actress
Radhikas sister. Among her movies,
notable ones are Agninakchatrum, Surasamhaaram and Mainthan.
Responding to a report about their alleged secret marriage,
published in a local daily, Ramki maintained that there is no truth in that story.
However, he revealed that their marriage is definitely on the cards, probably sometime
next year. Since both his family and Niroshas family approve of their marriage,
Ramki asserts that there is no need for them to go for a secret marriage.
Meanwhile it is reported that Nirosha is already staying in one
of the houses owned by Ramki. But when a reporter from a Tamil daily, tried to contact her
at that house, Nirosha was indifferent and curtly drove the reporter away!
During the making of the movie "Engineer" at
Kaaraikudi, looks like Madhuri Dixt, the heroine of the movie, had special privileges like
a room with Air-conditioner, attached bath-room etc. When there was a question about such
special treatment for the heroine only but not for the hero Aravindswamy, soon he too got
all those amenities for himself. But the pity is Aravinds salary in Engineer is much
less than what is paid to Madhuri, the ex-queen bee of Bollywood. Well, this time... it is
going to be difficult for Aravindswamy to claim parity with La Dixit, when it comes to his
Fruits of patience
After a dull start of "Jeans", people predicted Prashanth
would have no future in Tamil movies. Even Sivashakthi film wanted to fire Prashant out of
their project "Kannedire Thondirinaal". But Prashanth soon responded and reduced
his compensation to retain his role. Currently, "Kannedire Thondirinal" is
rapidly progressing. Also, as soon as he got some positive feedback on the box-office
performance of "Jeans", Ashok Amirthraj has decided to retain Prashanth
for their next venture too. Besides, Agathiyan, Kavithalaya and "Chinna Vadiyar"
fame TNS are the other people who have signed Prashanth for their next movies. After his
long absence from Tamil movies due to "Jeans", finally Prashant seems to enjoy
the fruits of his patience.
Being jinxed in Tamil, Ramya shifted to Telugu movies to become
one of the most successful actresses of that industry with her oomph, generous exposures and not to mention about her
erstwhile mentor Raghavendra Roa. Once her competition in Telugu has become stiff with the
new arrivals like Soundarya, Saakchi and Raasi (Manthra), Ramya tried to get an entry into
Bollywood with her David Dawan connection. But when her "Banarasi Babu" with
Govinda turned out to be a damp squib at the
box-office, there are no takers for Ramya in Hindi too.
So now this Tamil girl is trying to come back home with the new
Tamil movie "Athai Mahan". Ramya will be one of the heroines of "Athai
Mahan" a Karthik statter with the other heroine being Swathi.
While working for his recent release "Priyamudan", Vijay had an accident and hurt
his spine. Later he and his parents (S.A. Chandrasekar and Shoba) visited UK to
treat his ailment. In the process they have also found a girl for Vijay now!
On June 22, Vijay was celebrating his birthday in London.
During this occasion, Chokalingam an industrialist was visiting them with his wife and
daughter Sangeeta. When Vijays parents saw Sangeeta, they were very impressed with
the way she carried herself and instantly decided that she alone would be the future bride
for their son.
Like an obedient son, Vijay has also agreed to marry Sangeeta,
but after two years. Because he is currently concentrating more on his career.
Incidentally Sangeeta, a student of medicine, is a Srilankan
Tamil, whose parents migrated to UK long back.
Clash of the Titans
It is a well known fact that Maestro Illaya Raja and Kaviyarasu
Vairamuthu cannot stand each other and won't work for any film together. Recently
director Cheran had a song for his "Desiya Geetham" written by Vairamuthu. But
when Raja came to know about it, he was upset and said he wont work in the
project, provided Vairamuthus song won't make into the movie. Subsequently the
disputed song was dropped and Raja had his own way!
Ramba at the cross-roads
Ramba always denied that Simrans arrival has not hurt her career
even a bit. However at the moment, she seems to have lost the race to Simran with not that
many Tamil projects in her hand. Also with her Telugu market less promising, she is slowly
expediting the possibilities of entering into Malaylam movies. It is to be noted here that
Ramba made her debut as an actress first in a Malayalam movie.
For Malaylam audience, Ramba is said to have a different
Knowing that her glamour would not fly in Malayalam, this sexy
siren is already concentrating on her acting skills rather than her diminishing costumes.
Incidentally, Ramba counts largely on her new Hindi movie,
"Gharwali, Bhaharwali". In this Anil Kappor-Raveena starrer, Ramba is the second
heroine and if it succeeds it could enhance the prospects of Rambas sagging
"My Jeans are not washed out" -
Initially the mega budget movie
"Jeans" from Shanker was thought to be a fiasco. Many blamed Prasanth for its
believed failure. So much so, a
gang of people stormed into Prasanths home with rotten eggs and tomatoes to show
Now the scene has completely changed with the movie fast
approaching towards its hundredth day and Shanker seems to have gone beyond his hat trick
with a clean double double.
Interestingly, the dubbed Hindi version of "Jeans" went
belly up. Hardly within few days after its release, the movie was taken out of the
Bollywood circuit. In this connection, here is a comical reference to its failure, quoted
from a popular Bollywood magazine:
"Even Aishwaryas finely rounded bottom could not save
the film ("Jeans") from ripping at the seams. People just were not interested in
the film. May be it has got to do with the new swadeshi movement in the country. May be
the film should have had an Indian name. How about langoti, khadi, dhoti, chaddi, lungi,
etc.? Sounds as good as any ol jeans!"
Jokes apart, basically the audience in the North failed to
recognize anyone else in the movie other than Ash. Bad dubbing, confusing double roles and
flaky story line are the other attributes for its failure in Hindi. Nonetheless,
financially it was not a great loss because the Hindi version of this film, costing over
Rs 20 crores was sold only for a meager Rs 80 lakhs!
Also, with "Jeans" songs in Hindi losing ground, it is
yet another set-back to A.R.Rahman in bollywood. It is to be remembered that he was not
that successful with his earlier Hindi movie "Duad" too.
As for Aishwarya, it is her second consecutive flop in Hindi
since her debut in "Aur pyar ho gaya" and this has made her rivals like Manisha
Currently, both Manisha and Aishwarya are not in talking terms,
because eariler Aishwarya had stolen many good projects that were specially slated for
Manisha. But after the failure of "Jeans", it is Manisha who is having the last
laugh! She openly goes around telling that her jeans are not washed out. Also Manisha
believes that all her directors would realize her worth only after they have worked with
other girls. Probably, director Shankar could be one of them, who had worked with Manisha
in 'Hindustani' but did not repeat her in his next film. May be he too would
realize her value by now, like Mani Ratnam who took her again in 'Dil Se' after his
close encounter with Ash in 'Iruvar'.
Swept by the wave!
The glamour wave created by Simran has a
definite impact on many Tamil heroines. From Meena to less known "Karuthama"
Rajasri, everyone in the industry is ready to bare their heart and soul. Rajasri
particularly is all out to wipe out her village girl image, with her exciting photo
sessions filled with liberal exposures.
Another one who is desperate to expose for success is Easwari
Roa, the "Raman Abdulla" girl. In her forthcoming movie "Guru
paarvai", Easwari appears in a titillating bathing scene under a water fall, clad in
a transparent sari with nothing else to cover her top. Well, dont have too much hope
on this scene guys, because it is doubtful it could escape the hungry pair of scissors
from the censor board!
Love's labor lost
Recently a popular Tamil weekly, exposed
Sarath Kumar and a famous movie
couple about their attempts to threaten and coerce Nagama to marry Sarath.
But Nagma managed to get out this predicament with the help of a
high level political source in Tamil Nadu and moved back to her original head quarters,
Mumbai. From Mumbai Nagama is now on an interview spree to Bollywood magazines, talking a
lot about her broken relationship with Sarath.
Incidentally its Nagamas second failure in her
relationships, with the earlier one being with Rajeev Kapoor son of the greatest showman
As an aftermath of their split, Nagma is replaced by Kanaga in
Saraths new movie "Simma Rasi". "Simma Rasi" is directed by
Erode Sounder and it also has Kushbu, Vineeth, Manivannan, Ananda Raj, R.Sundar Rajan,
Manorama, 'Thalai Vaasal' Vijai and others. Music for the movie is scored by S.A.Raj
Last month actress Gowthami got married to Sandeep
Bhatia an industrialist from Mumbai, under thrilling circumstances. Like it happens in
movies, while Gouthami was eagerly looking forward to Sandeep for the Muhurat, the
johnny-come-lately groom showed up pretty late, guess what?.. during
"Yemagandam", an inauspicious hour!
Bhanupriya follows the suit
Looks like Bhanupriya too is married now!. Recently, Bhanu was in the US to visit her sister
Nishanti (remember her in "Enga Oru Pattukkaran"?).
As it turned out to be, she met this handsome six-foote, Adarsh
Keshav and got attracted to him. Subsequently, the couple got married at the Sri
Venkateswara temple in Malibu California on June 14.
Right now, Bhanu is in the USA with her husband Adarsh, who is a
Hyderabadi, settled in the United States as a computer digital graphics engineer.
Besides Bhanus mother, her sister Nishanti, her husband and
a handful of the groomss relatives, nobody else was present during this wedding.
Story of an actress
A popular Tamil Weekly is under fire from
various circles for its autobiography of an anonymous young actress, revealing her behind the screen ordeals and adventures.
With each episode turning cruder than other, the story of this actress is nothing but a
soft-porn, exposing various popular movie personalities and their bedroom secrets.
These days Sivakumar willingly agrees to play
fatherly roles in movies, but with a restriction - he does not want to play father for
Surya (his real son) in movies! Recently he refused one such role in
"Sandipoma", leaving Prakash Raj to play that role. Sandipoma's heroine is Preetha Vijayakumar, who is causing ulcers to many of her
rivals by grabbing prestigious projects with many leading men like Vijayakanth and
Monisha moves on...
Monishas lead girl Mumtaj has started
speaking in Tamil, thanks to T. Rajendar. How did he managed to do that? "Hey... I
have made even Amala to speak Tamil in my movies. Making this girl speak Tamil is a peice
of cake" says T.Rajendar.
In Monisha T. Rajendar appears in a character called "Kaadal
Dasan." For this role, his job is to sing an eve-teasing song on a college beauty
queen Sneka, along with other students.
Interestingly, the versatile T.R writes story, screenplay and
dialogue for this film. Besides, he also takes care of the cinematography!
To make this venture a family affair, Usha Rajender works as the
costume designer and for the first time Silambarasan composes music for some of its songs.
Most of the starcast of "Monisha" are fresh faces with
names like Rahul Saxena, Mumtaj, Sneha, Ravi Kishan, Swathi Paudekar and Kunega.
Kalai Maamani awards
Recently Tamil Nadu government has announced
"Kalai Maamani" award to seventy five people from the Tamil movie industry.
Prominent among them are Napoleon, Vijay, Prasant, Meena, Roja, Manivannan, Naazar,
Raghuvaran, Director Agathiyan and lyricist Palani Bharathi.
Right from Padmani days there were always star sisters invading the
Tamil cinema. We had Ambika-Radha and Radhika-Nirosha in eighties and now the trios Nagma,
Roshini and Jothika.
The latest addition to such star sibblings are Simran and her
sister Monal. But for her nose, Monal is said to be a look alike of
Initially Monal had no interest in acting in movies. However when
she was visiting her sister Simran from Mumbai, she has landed into a Tamil movie pairing
her with none other than Prasanth!
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