Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Trisha rebuts 'Gilli'-fed gossip

[Tuesday, July 27, 2004]

Popular Tamil-Telugu heroine Trisha has had to rebut several rumors at the same time.

In an interview with the mass-circulation Tamil weekly Kumudam, the actress attributed the rumors to the phenomenal success of "Gilli", starring her and Vijay.

The first and the most predictable rumor was about her relations with Vijay. "We are just friends," was her equally predictable reply. She added that the source of the rumor was a joint party in a big Chennai hotel to celebrate Vijay's success in "Gilli" and her own birthday.

Another rumor was that she had driven her father out of her home, as she found it infra dig to live with a man working at a hotel. On the contrary, she said, she was proud of her father Krishnan holding a good post in Benz Park Hotel. Her mother too is working as an executive with Apollo Tubes.

A third rumor, also hotly denied by Trisha, was that she attempted suicide. A fourth, and obviously false, rumor was that she had actually died!

Saturday, July 24, 2004

Ghilli’s record break

[Saturday, July 24, 2004]

Ghilli which reaches it’s 100 day mark on July 25th has so far collected Rs 30 crores from all centers. The film’s collection in the first four weeks from Chennai alone was to the tune of Rs 1.60 crores. The film released all over the State met with unprecedented response. The film according to distributors has overtaken Autograph and Padayappa collections. With the response from theatre and distributors being good, Vijay now has a long list of producers waiting with Rs 4 crore to book him. He has signed only Super good film'’ Thirupachi. It is a film about the violence taking place in a village Thirupachi located in Madurai- Ramanathapuram districts.

Currently he is working in Madhura directed by Madhesh (associate of Shankar). Madhesh who is also the producer is leaving no stone unturned to make the film a big extravaganza. The success formula that Vijay learnt from Ghilli is that he should mix action with comedy like Rajnikant for a box office success. Already he has proved his supremacy in dancing and his ability to execute action scenes without a double. Now in Ghilli his ability to do comedy has been brought to light. Apart from the fast screenplay the film boasts of songs aimed for the mass. The Apidi podu podu song along with other fast numbers and good choreography has made the film a big hit. In Madhura he plays a vegetable vendor in Koyambedu market.

Despite the long queue of producers Vijay has decided that he will not take any signing amount till the subject is ready. Next year beginning he will sign Kalaipuli S Dhanu’s film if the subject is good. For Thirupachi the costar is Trisha. Vijay who is now enjoying the much-deserved success with his family in London has not forgotten to pay due credit to director Dharani. Dharani has been presented with a swanky imported car. Incidentally Thirumalai remade in Telugu as Gowri with Sumanth- Charmy in the cast is ready for release.