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November 1998 Edition
Next year we would witness an array of glamour
dolls invading the Tamil screen. Prominent among them are Isha Khoppikar in "En Swasa
Katre" and "Kaadal Kavithai", Laila in "Kallazhagar", Vindiya in
"Anandha Poongatre" and "Sungamam", Malavika in "Unnai
Thedi" and Poonam in "Sollividu" and "Thirunaal".
surprisingly, many leading actresses in the industry are reported to be already perturbed
by the arrival of these beauties.
When approached to perform in "Unnai Thedi" a Ajit
starrer, Laila had declined the offer saying that she would not sign up for any other
movie till her "Kallazhgar" with Vijayakanth is released. So Malavika lucked out
to make her movie debut with "Unnai Thedi". Speaking of Malavika, there are
already reports that rave about her great looks.
Vindiya, hailing from Rojas hometown Thirupadi, is very
selective in choosing her roles with little or no scope for wearing revealing outfits. On
the contrary, both Isha and Poonam are reported to be ready to use their oomph in their
movies as long as there is scope for them to demonstrate their acting skills as well. In
this connection, Laila too does not have any qualms about accepting such roles.
Isha the most popular of all these newcomers is already shifted
her residence to Chennai and many movie pundits predict that Isha would be a strong
contender for the number one position in Tamil movies sometime next year. So Simran...
rough weather is ahead and be weary of the Konkani storm called Isha.
Besides these five girls, Nagmas second sister Jyothika is
signed for the two movies "Vaali" and "Poovellam Kettuppaar". When it
comes to doing sensual roles, Mumtaj in T Rajenderans "Monisha en
Monisha", Asha Mehra and Urvasi, both of them from Ashok Kumars
"Kaama", are said to have performed well in that department.
Rajini's new getup
Rajini plays the character of a foreign-returned youth. For his movies Rajini normally
does not appear with special hairstyles or wigs. But for the first time in
"Padaiyappa" he appears in imported wigs.
Even while acting for "Arunachalam" he just patched his front hair a little,
but never used any artificial hairstyles. But now he has ordered a set of custom built
wigs for "Padaiyappa", probably to look younger on screen. What is special about
those wigs is the way they are made with a lifelike skin tone below. Once you see Rajini
on the screen with his new makeup, his close sources swear that no one could make out it
In related news about "Padiyappa", it was reported earlier that the popular
"Kaadalukku Mariyaadai" pair Vijay and Shalini would be part of the movie. But
now the lattest on this is
Abbas and Preeta do the parts of the younger pair in
Indias ex-election commissioner T.N.
Seshan always tries different stunts to remain in limelight. This notoriously stubborn man
was very unpopular among the political parties. When he had left his office, he tried
desperately for the office of the President of India, but defeated badly by K.R. Narayanan
the current President of the country.
Later he publicly went gaga over the shapely Shilpa Sheety from
Bollywood and hit the headlines. Now his latest publicity stunt is entering Tamil movies.
Seshan plays the part of a press reporter in a new movie called "Udaya" produced
by Pyramid Natrajan and directed by Azhagamperumal. It is a Vijay starrer with the current
dreamgirl of Tamil movies Simran in the lead.
"Udaya" progresses one wont be surprised, if Seshan changes his loyalties
to Simran from Shilpa.
Speaking of Simran, the actress is thrilled to bag
"Udaya" her third movie opposite the most successful youngster Vijay. Her first
one was "Love Today" released last year and the second one is
"Thullithirinda Kaalam", which is under production.
Looks like Meena once had a dig at Simran in an interview, saying
that Simran with all her exposing alone would not exist long in Tamil. Hearing about that
remark Simran was rather surprised and felt Meena should not have passed such statements.
But at the same time she went on to taunt Meena saying that she is doing her third
movie opposite the current box-office sensation Vijay, while Meena is yet to be paired
A.R.Rahmans music video "Vande Mataram" had very
high sales for a non-film album.
It was Bharat Bala who orchestrated its success, taking advantage
of Sony Corporations impressive marketing efforts. Soon the album gained popularity
among the urban populace of India, but it was not received well among the rural masses.
As a sequel to the original "Vande Mataram", Bharat
Bala has made "Vande Mataram 2" with the mellifluent voice of Lata Mangeshkar.
Surprisingly, it is Ranjit Barot who scores music for this new album, while A.R.Rahman was
the composer for its first part. Also this time it is released through HMV
through Sony, because Lata normally sings her albums for HMV alone. Since it was chiefly
Lata who mattered for the new album, Bharat Bala has agreed to all her conditions and
When questioned about his not repeating A.R.R for their new
album, Bharat Bala defends saying "When Rahman sang 'Maa thuje salaam
' it was a
hit, but we wanted Lataji for the second album because, way back in 1952, when she sang
the song, it was a sensation. Flushed with freedom, we were thrilled. Today, 46 years
later, we wanted the present generation to experience that thrill."
Interestingly in its new Tamil version, it is Vishali Kannadasan
who writes lyrics for the album replacing Vairamuthu who wrote them for its earlier
Nepali nymph back in Tamil
The dream team of "Jeans" is fragmented
now. While its producers and hero Prasanth have drifted one way to work for "Kaadal
Kavithai", its successful director Shanker is out of them and debuts as a producer
for his own venture "Mudalvan".
In the process,
former miss world Aishwraya Roy is kind of left out, because she is not part of either of
those movies. While "Kaadal Kavithai" has Isha Khopikar as its lead lady,
Shankers "Mudalvan" has Nepali nymph Manisha Koirala as its heroine. With
this Manisha frequents south agai, after her memorable appearances in "Bombay",
"Indian" and "Uyire".
Jeans was a big hit and everybody raved about
bewitching beauty and awesome talent of Aishwarya. But what went wrong for Aishawarya? Why
is she absent in "Kaadal Kavithai" or "Mudalavn" for that matter? The
answer is her astronomical price. It is reported that the glamour doll charges a cool 75
lakhs for a movie and in these lean days, there is not that many producers in the industry
who could afford her cost. Interestingly, once Mega-star Chiranjeevi was keen on having
Aiswraya as heroine for his home production in Telugu. But when he learnt about her
substantial demand, he decided against the idea and Okayed a less expensive South-Indian
Speaking of budgets, Shanker is known for his
outrageous spending on the movies he directs. He made his debut with "Gentleman"
costing nearly RS 5 Crores. Subsequently his "Kaadalan" was made with 6 crores,
"Indian" with 8 crores and more recent "Jeans" with whopping 12
Currently Shanker is producing his own venture
"Mudalvan". What is surprising about "Mudalavn" is... its projected
cost. When it comes to his own production, the extravagant director-turned-producer has
already become penny-pinching and his allocation for "Mudalavan" is only 3
Since Shanker normally demands months and months of
bulk dates, initially there was no one to come forward and accept the heros role
"Mudalvan". Now his earliest hero Arjun does the lead part in
"Mudalvan" too. Arjun who has a row of failures to his credit, is said to have
willingly accepted this movie, hoping that it would give him the much-needed break to
bounce back in Tamil.
Roja bailed out
It was a frustrating Deepavali for Roja. The dusky
beauty once borrowed some Rs 7 lakhs from a financier to complete one of her home
productions. Since her movie venture was a financial fiasco, she could not repay the
financier. Meanwhile the same 7 lakhs has grown into 70 lakhs in few years, thanks to huge
rate of interest imposed by the financier. So the financier went to court, claiming the
actress had not honored their agreement and failed to pay back his debts. He also demanded
to hold back the release of her films, till she clears all his dues.
So two of Rojas Deepavali releases, 'Veeram
Velanja Mannu' and 'Pudhumaipithan,' were almost held back. But thanks to the generous
producers of these movies, who paid the financier off her debts, Roja was finally bailed
out of the crisis.
In related news, relationship between Roja and her
fiancé Selvamani is in hot water now. Earlier Selvamani, used most part of her earnings
for his directorial ventures, which turned out to be box-office disasters. So Roja, who
used to live-in with Selvamaaani, smartly moved away from him and stays in a separate
house. Soon after her relocation, Rojas "Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen" became
a great hit and subsequently she is flooded back with many offers.
At this time her fiancé Selvamani is reported to be
pestering her back for money. While there are rumors that Roja and Selvamani are already
married secretly, there is also a report that the couple was spotted fighting in a local
lawyers office, disputing over money matters.
In her forthcoming movie "Rhythm", Meena
appears as a young widow. Besides she is also mother of a kid in "Rhythm". While
young heroines like her would be afraid to do such roles, how could Meena be comfortable
with it? When questioned,
Meena retorted saying that she has already played mother of a child in "Avvai
Shanmugi" and people seemed to have no gripes about it. As long as the role offers
her an opportunity to perform, she does not mind accepting such unconventional characters.
Speeking of Meena, the girl with fluttering eyes has
got a special compliment on her beauty... that too from another actress. When no woman
would normally acknowledge the beauty of another woman, surprisingly it was Priya Raman
who candidly admired Meenas beauty and her magical eyes.
Priya Raman, who is once again back in demand in
Tamil, is all out to entice the audience with her luscious looks. The example for her new
stand on exposing is her Deepavali movie "Puthumaipithan". In fact Priya in
"Puthumaipithan" has already made the moviegoers go berserk with her outlandish
exposures. So if a bewitcher like Priya herself praises Meenas beauty, what better
compliment that Meena could long for?
Simmarasi in doldrums
In "Simmarasi" Sarath kumar has taken
pains to perform a furious "Thandav" dance with special outfits. But
unfortunately it was not received well by the audience. They seemed to be bored with the
hero appearing in dual role in most frames of the movie. So the producer quickly edited
and revamped many parts of the movie and redistributed it. Despite all the rehashing, the
latest news is
"Simmarasi" is still in doldrums at the box-office.
On the contrary Cherans "Desiya
Geetam" is expected to be yet another big grosser for Cheran-Murali combination, the
earlier one being "Porkaalam" the blockbuster of last Deepaval.
Vijaykanths "Viram Vizhanda Mannu"
is reported to be doing a moderate business. However some movie critics feel the plot of
the movie involving conflicts between a father and his son is hackneyed and that could
affect the prospect of the movie.
These days lady luck is smiling back at Prasanth.
After an extraordinary success of Jeans, Presanth's latest movie "Kannedire
Thondrinal" is also a hit. Besides he has also grabbed the next venture from Dr.
Murli Manohar, the maker of the magical "Jeans".
This new movies name is "Kaadal
Kavithai" and it is directed by the national award winning director Agathiyan.
Popular Mumbai model Isha Khoppikar is the heroine, paired opposite Prasanth.
In "Kaadal Kavithai", Isha is a young
classical dancer, touring Europe for her performances. While she was there, she happens to
visit princess Dianas memorial monument. Amongst all those messages flooded there,
in praise of Diana, Isha was particularly attracted to a poem in Tamil, written as homage
to the popular princess. Moved by the pathos in the poem she leaves a note of appreciation
to the author of the poem, Prasanth. This in turn, soon sparks a series of letter
exchanges between Isha and Prasanth, all without seeing each other in person.
Isha Khoppikar, a fair-complexioned Konkani beauty,
is said to be directors dream. She grasps every thing quickly and does exactly what
is expected from her. In the process, she does not mind running that extra mile, when it
comes to harmless titillation. Above all she is surprisingly unassuming, a quality which
is rare among most of the imports from Mumbai.
Unfortunately Ishas most talked about movie
"En Swaasa Kaatre" with Aravindswamy is getting more and more delayed. But
according to some movie critics, once "Kaadal Kavithai" and "En Swaasa
Kattre" are released, Isha would pose a formidable challenge to the ruling glamour
There is a new Telugu movie released recently with
Chakravarthy and Meena in the lead. What is special about it? The movie does not have any
title. Earlier Kamal tried a trick with "Pesum Padam" a silent movie. Now comes
the nameless movie from Andhra Pradesh.
Meena is also in the Telugu version of Natpukkaga directed K.S. Ravikumar with the
Megastar Chiranjeevi in the lead. Initially Simarn who did the heroines role in its
Tamil original, expected that she would be signed in for Telugu too. But she now has lost
the role to Meena. Incidentally, Simran is also not in Rajnis "Padiyappa".
The common factor? K.S. Ravikumar directs both these movies. With this background, one
wonders what is the problem with K.S.R and Simran.
Talking about Chakravarthy, this talented Telugu actor has become an instant hit in
Bollywood with his recent Hindi movie "Satya", which is also dubbed in Tamil.
Sathya is directed by Ramgopal Verma and not surprisingly his favorite girl Urmila
Matondkar is its horoine. But what is surprising is Urmila, who is normally known for her
sensous exposures in movies like "Rangeela"and "Duad", appears
fully clad in Sathya.
Cherans latest movie
"Desiya Geetham", released for this Deepavali, has many political overtones. In
the movie, four youngsters of a village kidnap the Chief Minister of a state, just to let
him have the first hand experience on various hardships faced by the villagers. Aparently
Kalaignar M. Karunanithi, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu is very much upset with the
theme of "Desiya Geetham", which involves abducting a Chief Minister and make
him work like a common man.
To clarify his stance, Cheren personally approached
the C.M. explaining that he has no intention of attacking him personally. He even
requested Kalaignar to watch the movie with him. But somehow Kalignar did not accept his
But when Rajni saw the movie, he was totally moved by its story. He whole-heartedly
praised the efforts of Cheran, saying that Cheran has brought out in
"Desiyageetham" whatever messages Rajni personally would have liked to deliver.
Subsequently, Tamil Manila Congress Supremo Moopanar also saw the movie and generously
praised Cheran for his work.
Earlier it was Rajni who orchestrated the victory of Moopnar and Kalaignar alliance in
the state elections. Now, while the Chief Minister is still upset with Cheran, the liberal
lauding of the movie by both Rajni and Moopanaar is suspiciously viewed in the political
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