Saturday, December 31, 2005

Top countdowns for 2005

This is a consolidation of Vijay's position in various Top 5/Top 10 countdowns from various websites, for the year 2005:

Top heroes of 2005 IndiaGlitz [Friday, December 30, 2005] : Vijay at No.1

Top 10 personalities of 2005 (Behindwoods) : Vijay at No.5

Top 10 MOVIES (Behindwoods) : Sivakaasi at No.4 and Thiruppachi at No.7

Top 10 MOVIES (Indiaglitz) : Thiruppachi at No.5

Top 10 Songs-2005(Sify) : Thirupachi: "Kumbida Pona deivam.…" at No.5 and Sivakasi: "Ada Ennatha Solvenungo…" at No.6

Tamil box-office 2005(Sify) : Thiruppachi at No.4

Best actor and actress award: Vijay and Asin

The Chennai Corporate Club has chosen the best actor, actresses and the best technicians and is awarding them tomorrow. These awards are called the MGR-Sivaji awards. This function is to take place at the Wesley school at 6.30 pm tomorrow.

The MGR award is to be given to Karthick, SivajiGanesan award to Sarath Kumar and the Hero forever award is to be given to Sathyaraj.

Vijay is to receive the best actor award for his Tirupachi, Sachien, Sivakaasi . Asin is to be awarded the best actress award for her Ghajini, Sivakaasi and Majaa. P.Vasu is to be awarded the best director award. Many others are also to be awarded with various awards. Hats off all of them!

Friday, December 30, 2005

Aathi - Rollicking rhythms

Music Review
IndiaGlitz [Friday, December 30, 2005]

Ramana, Vijay and Vidyasagar had teamed up together to render a musical hit in Thirumalai about a couple of years ago.

Now the trio is back with Aathi, which has five catchy numbers set to tunes by Vidyasagar.
Quite typical to Vijay's earlier films, Aathi has predominantly foot-tapping and racy numbers. For such songs the usual suspects of Anuradha Sreeram, S P Balasubramaniam, Tippu, Karthik and Sujatha have come together.

Olli Olli Iduppae (Karthik, Anuradha Sriram)
A rocking beginning for the album. A vibrant Anuradha Sreeram and an energetic Karthik belt out a zinger of a song. The rhythms are heavy. Understandably so. The Punjabi beats set your beats going. The pulsation is splendid. Vidyasagar shows that he has a way with mass appeal songs.

Lealakku Lealakku Leala (Kay Kay, Sujatha) This is also a thundering song that tries to fuse western and the rural music. A typical village beat coupled with a western orchestration is the highlight. More than the tune, Vidyasagar's shrewd orchestration stands apart. Sujatha, with her natural melody, and Kay Kay, with a spontaneous flow, give a good account of themselves.

Thadakku Thadakku (Hariharan, Sujatha)
The Hindustani inspiration is obvious. Hariharan is on home turf as fleshes out the nuances in the tune brilliantly. His voice stands rock solid as he goes through the higher octave with aplomb. Sujatha is more than an able foil to him. The highlight of the song is the use of tabla and flute at appropriate places by Vidyasagar. The brisk pace of the tune also adds an extra allure.

Athi Athikka (SP Balasubramaniam, Sadhana Sargam)
A music-director can relax if he has a singer like S P Balasubramaniam at his command. And SPB is at his commanding best, even though the tune is not the most original. The song deserves a special mention for it has less instrumentation and does not over ride the lyrics.

Yeai Durra (Tippu, Syndhavi)
Sure to bring the roof down is this foot-tapping number. Vidyasagar seems to have used all percussion instruments on earth to get the right feel for such a racy number. It is a rocking number that will have Vijay’s fans bringing the roof down.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Aathi - Action all the way

IndiaGlitz [Tuesday, December 27, 2005]

After the success of Thirumalai, director Ramana joins hands with Vijay again for his next Aathi, which is a remake of the Telugu hit Atanokkade.

Vijay has always relished doing remakes and movies like Ninaithen Vandhai, Priyamanavale and Gilli have done wonders to his career.

His father and veteran director S A Chandrasekhara is producing Aathi.

The pairing of Vijay-Trisha is highly popular following their success of Gilli and Thirupachi. Sai Kumar, who has made strides as a hero in Telugu and Kannada films, tries his hand as a villain.

'It's a nice feeling to be part of a film involving Vijay, Vidyasagar. I have done my best to dish out a different brand', Ramana says.

On the difficulty involved in doing remakes, Ramana says, 'when doing remakes, one has to meet the expectations already generated. Anything short of that will not be accepted. That is the only pressure but it has only made me sit tight and do one better.'

Speaking about the film, Vijay says, 'I play college student in Aathi. The movie has good action, romance and sentiments to attract my fans. Trisha gives me company in the movie'.

The supporting cast includes Prakash Raj, Vijayakumar, Nasser, Manivannan, Livingston and Seetha, among others.

Slated for a release this Pongal, the movie has couple of songs shot in Switzerland.

Vijay: “Prince of Tamil Cinema”

December 27, 2005

Vijay’s Adi had a shooting schedule in Hyderabad. Vijay was overwhelmed by the number of fans who had gathered to see the shooting. Meanwhile, Tamil sangam in Hyderabad conferred the title "Prince of Tamil Cinema" on Vijay. A visibly happy Vijay stated that he had to thank director Ramana for his new found action image. Thirumalai was the movie which laid the foundation for his second innings.

Vijay has been taking extra care in the stunt sequences of the movie. In one action sequence Vijay jumped from a high bridge without any double. In another scene he had to run opposite a speeding train for nearly 2 kilo meters. Vijay did the scene himself even when the tracks were very slippery. Adi’s crew including director Ramana was left speechless by Vijay’s involvement.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Vijay gets pat from Vikram

By MIO Team
Dec 24, 2005, 09:24

Many people who have said that Vikram and Vijay are not in good terms have to eat their own words now. They are very professional and seem to be comfortable with each other. Vikram even went to the extent of praising the actor to the skies.

Vikram released the audio of Vijay's film 'Aadhi' on December 22. Lead actors of the film Vijay and Trisha didn't attend the function but Vikram and Sonia Agarwal were there to add glamour. Vikram said that Vijay looks very handsome in 'Aadhi' and would like to ask him the secrets behind it.

He is confident that 'Aadhi' will run for 250 days and celebrate silver jubilee, pointing that he released the audio of 'Gilli' and went on to become a big hit. The villain of the film Saikumar also spoke high of hero Vijay.

Director Ramana thanked the producer of the film S A Chandrasekaran for giving him the chance to showcase his talents. Vidyasagar composed the tunes of the album. The film is scheduled to hit the theatres on Pongal.

Well, Vikram has shut all the speculations that he doesn't get along well with Vijay. In fact, he has shown the upcoming actors the importance of healthy competition.

Trisha and Vijay in Arakku Valley

Not a soul around in Arakku Valley. Yellow flowers sprouting in clusters; Trisha, like a wild mynah among the yellow flowers, with Vijay like a romancing parrot.

If you take this tale to Vijay's home, you will get a bang on the head. All this happened in the shooting of 'Aathi'.

With the idea of shooting the song sequence for "ippa illaatti eppo..." differently for Pa. Vijay's lyrics set to tune by Vidyasagar, director Ramana has taken Trisha and Vijay to Aarakku Valley.

The song was shot with the hero and heroine in close range among the gigantic dam, sprouting sandy islets and huge boulders. When it rained in the valley of yellow flowers, it started raining and Trisha was made to get drenched in the rain. This was again captured beautifully by cameraman Sounderrajan.

What is to be noted is that they have used three new types of cameras to shoot this song.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Aathi On Location


(Vijay, Trisha, Saikumar, Vijay Kuamr, Prakashraj, Amita, Nasser, Sneha Nambiar, Livinston, Malavika, Rajan P. Dev, Manivannan, Rajkapur, Damu, Sita, Vivek)

After doing a couple of straight films, Vijay turns to a remake - Aathi - to be directed by Ramana, who had teamed up with Vijay earlier to give the superhit `Thirumalai'.

Aathi is the remake of the successful Telugu film, `Athathanokkadey', which had Kalyanram, grandson of NTR, playing the hero.

Vijay is paired with Trisha in the Tamil film, this coming after their pairing for `Gilli' and `Thirupachi'.

Vijay plays Aathi, a college student living in a joint family. How the peace in the household is shattered by the machinations of a man, and how Aathi carries out his vendetta against him, forms the core of the film.

Saikumar plays the villain of the piece. Playing Aathi's grandfther is Vijay Kumar, while the parents are played by Prakashraj and Amita.The others in the cast are Nasser, Sneha Nambiar, Livinston, Malavika, Rajan P. Dev, Manivannan, Rajkapur, Damu and Sita. Vivek has been roped in for comedy.

A romantic song was picturised on Vijay and Trisha on a set designed at a cost of Rs 40 lakh. Accompanying them were 50 dancers and a crowd comprising about 75 children and some junior artistes.

The film, Vijay's home production, has music by Vidyasagar, and is scheduled for a Pongal release.

Malini Mannath
Published on Dec 23rd, 2005

Aadhi : Derelict temple comes into limelight

December 23, 2005


S A Chandrasekhar's home production Vijay starrer Aadhi is getting ready for release. The post-production work is going at a feverish pitch. The last song was shot recently at Switzerland. Reports say that cast – Vijay and Trisha had a wonderful time during the shoot. Much of the movie was shot in Chennai, Ginjee, Vizakhapatnam, and Hyderabad.

The crew was amazed by a derelict temple that they found in Ginjee. With a great difficulty, permission was obtained to shoot in the temple. One more thing special about Aadhi is papa Chandrasekhar had not interfered in the direction at all. Ask director Ramana if you want.

'Aathi' will enter Silver Jubilee, predicts Vikram

'Aathi' will enter Silver Jubilee, predicts Vikram
- 23.12.2005

People who complain about the enmity among actors should have attended `Aathi' function; their mouths would be plastered shut.This film, Vijay's own production will be a feast for Pongal.

The songs were released yesterday as a feast for the ears till then. This function was held at Green Park hotel in Vadapalani. Director Ramana has shown his creativity to book the `Pallavi' hall for this function.Both the hero Vijay and heroine Trisha did not attend the function. When we were about to raise that point, entered Vikram and Sonia Agarwal.

Filling the absence of Vijay aptly, Vikram released the cassette which was received by Sonia Agarwal."Vijay is very handsome in `Aathi'. I have to find out how from him. I was the one who released the cassette of `Gilli'. It went on to become a great hit. Similarly I am confident that `Aathi will run for 250 days and celebrate Silver Jubilee. I am already reserving that day for it."
Such sincere remarks from Vikram prompted producer S A Chandrasekaran, (sorry, according to numerology it is S A Chandrasekara) to look for the Silver Jubilee date. The film's villain Saikumar attended the function and spoke sky high about Vijay. Attended by the producers A V M Balasubramaniam, A L Alagappan and distributor Anbu Chezhian, the function saw director Ramana getting emotional while thanking SAC for giving him an opportunity to direct the film.

The function got started with Shoba Chandrasekaran lighting the lamp. As Five Star Audio Kalyan was giving vote of thanks, Sangeetha, the light of Vijay's life, hurried in.


Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Puli inspired by Punisher?

IndiaGlitz [Wednesday, December 21, 2005]

Movies inspired by Hollywood are nothing new in Kollywood.

S J Suryah's New was inspired by The Big while Ghajini was an take off of an American movie Memento.

In fact, it is to the directors' credit that made those scripts work here with suitable modifications.

Now, the buzz is Puli, which would have Vijay and Asin in the lead roles, is reportedly inspired by the movie Punisher which had Tom Jane in the cast.

Punisher was an action thriller with lots of stunts, gunplay and explosions.

Tom Jane plays an FBI Special agent who overcomes the villains with his intelligence and determination.

Interestingly Vijay plays the cop for the first time in big screen. It is said that Punisher would have necessary correction to suit the audience in Tamil.

Meanwhile Vijay is now shooting a song sequence for Athi in Switzerland along with Trisha.

Athi would grace the theatres this Pongal.

Vijay's secrecy for youthfulness

Rajinikanth is the torchbearer for the actors of this generation. This became evident in a recent event organized to honor Vijay. He received the award for his splendid performance in Ghilli. The show's emcee asked him the secret of his youthfulness and he credited his mother and wife for it. He said that he was free to concentrate on his career leaving aside the pressures of running the home.

Since his mind felt free of all burdens, his persona was youthful. The host shot another question about the rising comedy element in his portrayals and the Ilaya thalapathy acknowledged the profound influence our Superstar had on him. Vijay said that Rajini has achieved much success after he incorporated comedy in his roles and he was following the same technique.


Aathi - Music Review by Sai Anand

Aadhi : Music Review
Here is my review of Aadhi's songs! Remember, these are my opinion and also after just the first listen!

1. Athi Athika - SP Balasubramanian, Sadhana Sargam
This is the best song of the album! No doubt about it! Probably one of the most cute compositions that I have listened to in recent times! SPB's voice throws anyone into a free flowing dream and Sadhana's credentials are very well known. Vidyasagar has created magic with this song!
Rating : 10 / 10

2. Enna Konja Konja Vaa - Hariharan, Sujatha
Good start to the song with those percussion instruments! Hariharan is at his best as usual and Sujatha also does a very good job! But this song reminds me of two melody songs from Vijay's previous film "Nenjinile" and "Minsara Kanna". Probably is it because this is SAC production (remember SAC was the director of Nenjinile and Minsara Kanna!)
Rating : 8 / 10

3. Iruvar Vazhum - Karthik, Kalyani
Another soft melody song from Karthik and Kalyani! Doesnt impress me much on the first listen but this song might catch on to the melody listeners after a few hearings! Both the singers do a good job but will definitely take time to get used to!
Rating : 6 / 10

4. Lealukku Lea - Kay Kay, Sujatha
A naughty type song sung by both Kay Kay and Sujatha! Sounds a good song for Vijay's naughtiness to come to the fore! Good work by Vidyasagar here also! This song is surely foot tapping and is enjoyable for all - kids and all audience!
Rating : 8.5 / 10

5. Ippo Illati Ippo - Tippu, Sindhavi
A goos folk type song sung by Tippu and supporting him here in Sindhavi! Finally gives us a real feel of what a Vijay album is all about! Good work again by Vidyasagar and can be a hit with the picturization. Probably the song where Vijay and Trisha are clad in orange costumes!
Rating : 9 / 10

Overall : A good album not only for Vijay fans but for the overall audience! In fact, some Vijay fans might not overtly favor this one but will be liked by music lovers for the melody involved! A refreshing change for a Vijay album.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Vijay flexes his muscles one more time

By MIO Team
Dec 19, 2005, 09:36

Maybe hero Vijay wants to prove that action speaks louder than words. His earlier film with director Ramana titled 'Thirumalai' was filled with action. He is joining hands with the director for yet another action-packed film titled 'Aadhi'.

The director revealed that the villain gang destroys a big but happy family in the film, except Aadhi, who escapes from the rowdies. He added that Aadhi is all out to take revenge on the killers of his family when the right opportunity strikes, as he is hurt and wounded. The dialogues between the hero and villain are said to be forceful.

'Aadhi' is the remake of Telugu hit film 'Athanokkate'. Trisha acts opposite Vijay in the film and Vijay's father S.A.Chandersekar is the producer.

Now, Vijay wants action do the talking one more time. Yes, he should do well with pretty Trisha by his side.

Aathi crew in Switzerland

After completing a hectic schedule in Hyderabad, the Aathi crew left to Switzerland with Vijay and Trisha on Friday for a duet song shoot. The whole crew were booked in Delta airlines enroute Paris.Brinda master is incharge of Choreography.

Director Ramana has stayed back in Chennai to take care of the post production and his Associate has flown down with crew to monitor the shooting. SoundaraRajan is the Cinematographer. They will be back on 22nd after the completion of the song shooting.


Monday, December 19, 2005

Vijay -Trisha is freezing!

By Moviebuzz
Monday, 19 December , 2005, 12:05

The trouble that our superstars take to get the perfect song picturisation is reaching new heights. Vijay and Trisha are now shooting for a song at Interlaken, a popular resort town in Swiss Alps where the temperature is -5 degree!!

Last Friday the unit of Aathi left for Switzerland from Chennai where it was raining heavily and the temperature was around 28 degree. Speaking to Moviebuzz from Zurich airport, Trisha said: “It was the most beautiful sight while we landed here. All white snow around but I will have to get into my woolens and thermals as it is freezing out here”.

From Zurich airport it is a three-hour drive to Interlaken, deep in Swiss Alps a resort known for its spectacular skiing facilities. Remember that it was here that Pierce Brosnan has done skiing scenes escaping from villains in a “James Bond” film.

Well, Vijay and Trisha are shooting a melody song tuned by Vidyasagar written by Pa Vijay which goes like – “Olli olli iduppae..Odiyanam ethukku.. Otha viral mothiram podumadi athukku…., which is sure to be a chartbuster. This song is choreographed by Brinda and costumes are by Nalini Sriram.

Vijay to take revenge for his family

As we all know, Aadhi is a remake of the Telugu movie Athnakkode and it has Vijay and Trisha in the lead roles. The story of this movie is that Aadhi is a college going guy but his heart is raging to wreak revenge on the villains who ruined his family.

Aadhi lives in a big family which includes Vijayakumar as grand father, Prakash Raj as his father with Livingston, Sneha Nambiar, Amitha, Nassar and Malavika as the other members in his family. Trisha is Vijay's classmate. Aadhi, one of the Pongal releases is all set to be a rocker.


Bhagavathi in Telugu?

Bhagavathi in Telugu?

Dubbing of Tamil movies in Telugu has been bringing in real good revenue. Examples of that are Anniyan, Chandramukhi and Ghajini. Vijay's film Bhagavathi that was released few years back is to be dubbed in Telugu and to be a Pongal release. This is new news that Vijay is doing a Telugu remake. His other films have been dubbed but with different actors. Hoping that this brings success, too.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Can you guess secret of Vijay’s youthful looks?

Saturday December 17 2005 15:33 IST
Malini Mannath

Good or bad, panned by critics or praised by them, it doesn't seem to make any difference to the fate at the box-office of Vijay-starrers. Sivakasi is nothing but Gillie and Thirupachi rehashed, agreed everyone. But the film is a hit at the box-office, easily the top of the slot among Diwali releases.

Incidentally, at an awards function, Prabhu quipped that he had a Vijay fans association in his own house. The actor explained that his own daughter, and his nephew actor Dushyanth were all fans of Vijay. And when Prabhu wanted to know the secret of Vijay's growing youthful looks, despite the passage of time, Vijay's reply was its because of my mom and my wife.

If the household is a blissful happy one, it reflects on the face!

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Poove Unakkaaga

SunTV's NINAIVUGAL programme


Ammu talked about Mega-Hit movie of the year 1996, Poove Unakkagha.
She tells lots of interesting information relating the movie.

Poove Unakkaaga

Cast and Crew...
Others: Anju Aravind, Charlie, Nagesh, Nambiar, Jaiganesh, Malaysia Vasudevan and others.

Director.....Vikraman Producer.....R.B.Chowdry (Super Good Films)
Music Director : S.A.Rajkumar

Vijay's first movie was Naalaya Theerpu, which did fairly well in the box office but was not a great start; later his Sendoorapandi, Rasigan, Deva, Manbumigu Manavan etc were hits where as Chandralekha was his only flop.

After this film Poove Unnakaga, Vijay's films like Vasantha Vasal and Kaalam Ellam Kathiruppen were flops. However, this film was his first mega-hit which gave way to other mega-hit films like Once More, Kadhalukku Mariadhai, Love Today, Naerukku Naer, Ninaithen Vandhai, Nilaave Vaa etc which were all mega-hits in their own right.

Poove Unakkaga was in the top rank of all the movie released in 1996. It run for a record-breaking 270 days. In a interview director Vikraman has said that Poove Unakkagha was his first story, even though he did other movies first. It was his much impressed story-line of family sentiments, loves, sacrifies for love.

It is also the movie which tell that "Loosing also can be the winning of true love". It was one of Vijay's best performance, first combination with Super Good Films, and Director Vikraman. It is also the movie which gives lots of praises to Music Director SA Rajkumar.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Aathi for Pongal

Aathi for Pongal


S.A. Chandrasekaran, under the banner of Suryan Arts, is bringing Aathi to theatres by Pongal 2006. Aathi is the 25th year in films for S.A. Chandrasekaran, whose son Vijay is the hero. He is joined by Trisha,who proved lucky in their earlier movies Gilli and Thirupatchi. Director Ramanna has given a hit with Vijay in Thirumalai. Aathi is scheduled for a Pongal release. It is a remake of the popular Telugu Blockbuster Athana Okkade which starred Kalyan Ram opposite Sindhu Tholani. Shooting is almost complete and has been in Visakhapatnam (for the Andhra touch of the original) and Tamil Nadu.

Ramanna says that this will be another blockbuster action movie for Vijay and the entire team is very happy with the manner in which the movie has shaped up.

The movie is about the hero moving to a city to study and also the heroine and her family. They go to the same college, share the same tastes and have one common ambition - to defeat the local dada and his henchmen. Flashbacks reveal that they are relatives, their families were punished and humiliated by the villain, and now they are out to take revenge. Action scenes are fantastic, suspense builds up, and a tempo is maintained with a surprise ending.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Aadhi Cast and Crew

Film: Aadhi

Cast: Ilayathalapathy Vijay, Trisha, Prakashraj, Manivannan, Vijayakumar, Nazar, Devan, Vivek, and Sita.

Banner: Suryan Arts

Producer: S.A. Chandrasekharan

Director: Ramana

Music Director: Vidyasagar

Cinematographer: Sundararajan

Editing: Suresh

Art direction: Rajeevan

Action: Peter Hain

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Vijay has a secret desire

Vijay has a secret desire
By MIO Team
Nov 29, 2005, 09:42

Actor Vijay has a secret desire that nobody would expect. He is not dreaming to become a leader or aspiring to become as rich as Bill Gates. He is practical and just wants to grasp the things that his hands could reach out to. Believe it or not, his only desire is to do a dual role in a movie.

Vijay made a name for himself with 'Thirumalai' and the success of films like 'Gilli', 'Madurey', 'Thirupachi' and now 'Sivakasi' has made him a hot hero. But he is yet to fulfill his only desire. He revealed that his secret dream is to do a duel role in a film. And he is hoping to fulfill this desire at least by next year.

The actor is however undeterred by the allegation that he does only stereotype roles. He said that he does what his fans want from him, and that they like him doing mass roles. He also revealed that he is going to do the role of a cop in a film next year.

Politics seems to be not his cup of tea. He said that he doesn't like politics and would rather continue acting.

Well, Vijay has revealed it all including his secret desire. Will someone come up with a double role script for this actor?

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Friday, December 02, 2005

Film Today Awards night

I want to do films which will satisfy my fans, says Vijay
S.R.Ashok Kumar

Film Today Awards night was celebrated with pomp and show at Kamaraj auditorium

CHENNAI : It was one of those star-studded evenings at the Kamaraj auditorium on Saturday.
Film Today Awards night was celebrated with pomp and show.

Vijay came clad in his customary jeans and rolled full-sleeve outfit while Asin had an embroidered sleeveless top to go with her pants.

The crowd roared as Vijay rose to receive his Best Actor award. In his acceptance speech, Vijay expressed happiness over contemporaries Vikram and Surya getting awards.

" I wanted to do films which will satisfy my fans and make them happy. I do not select films and act for awards. But if I end up with one in the process, I am doubly happy. I am happy that some of the best known names in the industry have appreciated my talent." The awards were presented by Prabhu.

Lifetime Achievement awards were given to S.A. Chandrasekaran, S.P. Muthuraman, M.S. Viswanathan, T.M. Soundarajan, Manorama, Vijaya T.Rajender and Vinu Chakravarthy.

Asin got the best actress and Vadivelu, bagged the best comedian award. The best film was `Autograph' and best storywriter was Simpu. Nearly 33 awards for various categories were presented on the occasion.

Vijay answered some of the questions posed by Sathyaraj, Prabhu and Asin.

Actor Sathyaraj: His success in comedy?
Vijay : I like Super Star Rajnikant's comedy and I also adopt your (Sathyaraj) `lollu' comedy. My style is a mix of both.

Prabhu: How come a good physique comes with your good looks?
Vijay: The reason for my fitness is my parents and family. And, my fans. They are responsible for my happiness. People say if a person is happy then it would show on his face.

Asin: In the film `Sivakasi' which is the song you like the most?
Vijay: I like all the songs particularly `Vadumanka'.

When Asin prompted him to sing a few lines of the song he readily obliged.

Other sidelights of the function: In U.K.Murali's musical programme Madhumitha, Karthik, Vijay, Shobha Chandrasekar, Manorama and M.S.Viswanthan sang.

A huge applause awaited Namitha when she stood up to receive the dream girl award.

Television serials awards were also presented. Tamil Film Producers Council president T.G.Thygarajan was present. Kousalya and Abishek, received the awards for best actress and actor. Film Today editor and publisher P.T. Selvakumar received the guests.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Vijay,Asin in Puli

Vijay,Asin in Puli


S.J. Suryah and Vijay created Khushi, which brought "Khushi" (joy) in the form of a box-office hit; Vijay and Asin have come together in a riveting cracker of a hit Sivakaasi. Now, brings you the news that S.J. Suryah, Vijay and Asin will come together for a film named Puli. We can sure hope that this film will be a real puli (tiger), and the team will once again roar with success. wishes them all success!

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

A slip of the hand spelt death

The sight was enough to send a shiver down the spine. We decided to just wander around AVM Studios and generally check out on what was happening. What should we see but someone hanging upside down from a height of 40 feet.

"What wrong has the man done to be punished like this by heartless fiends?" Just as we were debating the cause, there was a sharp rap on the head. It was director Ramana. He asked, "How's Vijay's performance?" and we looked at him questioningly.

"I am referring to the man who's hanging upside down without a dupe," he said and only then did it dawn on us that it was Vijay! Even though the director had wanted to use a dupe for the scene, Vijay was adamant that he would do it himself.

Till the scene was over and Vijay came down to terra firma, our hair stood up in tension!


Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Sivakasi takes it all

Many films hit the theatres this Diwali hoping to see the bright lights. But most of them were pushed to the dark corners. Only ‘Sivakasi’ managed to hit the box office really hard. Vijay’s ‘Sivakasi’ did very well this Diwali in spite of the torrential rains. It had 100 percent collections for three consecutive days all over the state.

The collection at Kolathur Ganga theatre on Diwali day was a whooping Rs.7.26 lakhs. Meanwhile, another big film ‘Maja’ failed terribly at the box office. The trade feels that the film failed due to lack of confinement. Moreover, the audience doesn’t want to see Vikram with such a weak character. The collection of the film is dipping every passing day. However, other Deepavali releases ‘Athu Oru Kana Kalam’ and ‘Perusu’ were utter flops. The collection of these films is meager.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Vijay wants to do double duty

[Monday, November 28, 2005]

Guess what is Vijay's dream? 'It has been my desire to play dual role in a movie', says Vijay.

Interacting with his fans through teleconferencing organized as part of the promotion for his film Sivakasi, Vijay said it has been his desire to act in a double role.

He said, 'I hope my long pending desire would be fulfilled atleast next year.'

To a question on playing a similar roles in his films, Vijay replied,'I do what my fans want from me. They have appreciated me for such mass roles.

'I would be playing a cop in a movie next year,' he added.

To a question on whether he aspires to enter politics, Vijay, said, 'I don't like politics and would prefer continue acting in movies'.

The actor has been on a roll since his Thirumalai a couple of years ago. He has followed it up with hits like Gilli, Madurey, Thirupachi and now Sivakasi.

Prabhu and Sathyaraj outdo each other in praising Vijay
- 28.11.2005

There's a lot of drama happening with Prabhu and Sathyaraj vying to head the Vijay fan club!

Vijay recently participated in a function in Chennai. At the same time, Prabhu and Sathyaraj ascended the dais and heaped praise on the Ilaya Dalapathy, as if trying to outdo each other.

"For my son Sibu's birthday, my daughter always gifts him a DVD of Vijay's film. Sibi is that crazy about Vijay. Given the chance, he will even start a Vijay fan club!"

The Puratchi Thamizhan had barely finished when Prabhu continued the flattery. "There's a Vijay fan club in my house too. My elder brother's son Dushyanth is always singing Vijay's praises."

As both the senior actors continued in this vein, the actual head of the Vijay fan club who was standing nearby had an expression on his face that said, "Oh, my god! Looks like there's competition for my post!"

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Going great gun

Going great gun
IndiaGlitz [Saturday, November 26, 2005]

Close on the heels of a big success in Sivakasi, Vijay will have his Adhi released on Pongal day. Being his home production, the actor is doubly keen in getting the job done well.

Directed by Ramana, Adhi is a remake of the hit Telugu movie Atanokkade.

Speaking about the film, Vijay says, 'I play a college student in Adhi. The movie has good action, romance and sentiments to attract my fans. Trisha gives me company in the movie'.

Heaping praises on Ramana, Vijay says, 'I owe all credit to Ramana, who gave me a break when my chips were down with Thirumalai. He has made necessary corrections in the movies and has given a perfect entertainer in Adhi'.

After Adhi, Vijay will get into Puli, film in which he will play a cop for the first time ever.

Looks like there is no stopping him.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Nominees for the Film Today awards

November 26, 2005

The awardees for the Film Today awards of 2004 will be honoured at a function at Kamaraj Arangam in Chennai today. Vijay will bag the best actor and Asin will be the best actress. Namitha gets the best glamour star prize. Jeyam Ravi gets the special prize and S.J. Suryah the best popular star while the award for the hero with maximum number of films goes to Satyaraj.

Prakashraj is the best villain and Vadivelu is the best comedian. Ravikrishna wins the prize for best debutante actor and Sandhya is the best debutante actress. Balaji Sakthivel is the best director and A.M. Ratnam is the best producer. Vidyasagar is the best music director and Simbu gets the award for the best screenplay writer for his excellent work in Manmadhan.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Vijay is a man of pleasing demeanour

MODEST Actor Vijay

Actor Vijay needs no introduction. For a hero with `mass appeal', he is extremely affable. His elevation to stardom has not been meteoric but gradual.

"I planned it that way. I could have easily selected the roles I am doing now five or six years back, I am sure I would have succeeded. But my parents did not want my rise to be quick. Hence, I was prudent in selecting characters which would strengthen my career in films," the teenage heartthrob shared his secret of success during a visit to Sivakasi on the eve of his latest release of same name.

Hard worker

For a person with such a huge fan following and a string of successes, he is demure to the core. He knows both his strength and weakness well. "I will never over-do things. I know my limitations and work sincerely within them." Like many other Kollywood heroes, he too struggled before becoming a money-spinner.

His charisma is no less than any other top Kollywood star. He has brilliantly read the pulse of his fans: "I have come the hard way. My parents were always supportive and I was in a position to translate promises into results. Initially I played soft emotional characters and gradually shifted to action-packed roles. It was purely intentional and well planned."

His boyish looks work to his advantage and he selects roles that have a good reach among teenagers. No wonder then, that most of his fans are youths. Vijay also cherishes this status.
"I am what I am for my fans. I try to make them feel good. I want all ingredients in my movie. I am for commercial movies, which have fight, comedy and romance. I am very much involved in the movies I do. I am as interested as the director or the producer. But this should not be taken as interference. It is only participation out of interest. And it is showing good results," says the charismatic hero.

The current bunch of actors work on characters they play and Vijay too believes in it. But he follows a different style.

"I do a lot of home work. I follow real life characters, observe their movements and incorporate them in my movies. At present, I am shooting for `Puli' in which I play a police officer. I am trying to shape myself as a police officer, it is part of the job. Every actor is expected to do it."

Story is the hero

Vijay believes in intrinsic value of the story. "The story is the hero. There cannot be any story tailor-made for a hero. Of course, the content requires certain modifications to suit the hero, but the entire story cannot be tampered with. I never believe in making up," he asserts.

He is impressed by the competition among budding Kollywood heroes including Chimbhu, Dhanush and Jayam Ravi. "I like all the heroes. It proves there is no dearth of talent in acting. The competitive field brings out the best in them," says Vijay.

He values the contribution of his wife to his movies. "My wife takes care of my costumes. She also wishes to be a part of my movies, which is a good sign," he chuckles. Vijay is also involved in social service. "I know my fans have volunteered to serve for the welfare of family members of Tsunami victims. I am happy as long as they are useful and do good to the society. ," he beams with pride.

His next movie is `Aadhi' directed by Ramana, and planned for Pongal release.

T. Saravanan

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Vijay dislikes direction, plans to make home production leading
November 23, 2005

Ilaya Thalapthy Vijay is having a dazzling time in the industry. All his movies in the recent past have fetched good profits to the producers and he is in a happy mood as his latest release Sivakasi is also doing excellent business. He said that he is very happy as an actor and he will never turn to a director. He likes doing a job which is free from tension.
According, to him director is the captain of the ship and he has to manage lot of things and work's with a great deal which he dislikes. At the same time his father S.A.Chandrasekhar has started a new production house under the banner Suryan Arts and he is producing the movie Aadhi with Vijay. Vijay has some innovative ideas to make his home production house as one of the leading production houses in Cinema.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Laugh with Vijay (New Straits Times Press Malaysia)

Courtesy: Steve Purusotaman,

Cinema: Laugh with Vijay
K.N. Vijiyan and Sharon Wong
Nov 17:
Directed by Perarasu
Starring Vijay, Asin, Prakash Raj, Geetha, Lakshana, Sakunthala, M.S. Bhaskar

THIS movie has been drawing the crowd since it opened for Deepavali. It has been doing better business than Vikram's Majaa (the other Deepavali release), both here and in India.This goes to prove that Vijay has more fans, especially among the young. But don't go expecting a Gilli (Vijay's massive hit last year with Trisha and Prakash Raj). That was a movie with a serious theme.

Sivakasi is a full-length comedy (despite its mother-sentiment moments) and will leave you smiling. Expect to see the hero thrashing the baddies - in fact you see them flying through walls with just one punch — and some illogical twists in the story. But despite the hiccups, Vijay is fun to watch and the humour is infectious.Even lawyers in India have joined in the "fun". They are threatening to sue the film producer for maligning their profession. In the movie, a comedian (M.S. Bhaskar), acting as a lawyer, sleeps on the five-foot way and is the butt of jokes.

Vijay (left) and Asin having fun in SivakasiVijay plays a poor welder called Sivakasi who is a good fighter. Rich girl Hema (Asin) falls for him and Sivakasi opens his heart to her. In a flashback, the hero tells Hema about his past life and how he had run away from home. Hema insists that he revisit his village and come back with his family to seek her hand in marriage.

The rest of the movie tells what happens when Sivakasi returns home.Director Perarasu, who also helmed Vijay's Thirupatchi, paces the story well. The events have the necessary momentum to take viewers to the climax without being boring.

Cameraman Sunny V. Joseph, who did excellent work in superstar Rajnikanth's Chandramukhi, also does well in Sivakasi. Srikanth Deva has tuned the six songs and most have already become popular with radio listeners, especially Vaada Vaada Tholah and Deepavali Deepavali.

It definitely was a blast watching Sivakasi (named after the Indian town famous for its firecrackers)

Friday, November 18, 2005

Sivakasi - Movie Review 9

Sivakasi: for Vijay fans only


Shobha Warrier November 08, 2005 15:50 IST

The Tamil Diwali release Sivakasi is like a pack of assorted crackers, with almost all the varieties made in the famed Sivakasi town of Tamil Nadu. It has sparklers, flower pots, 'atom' bombs, Lakshmi vedis… every cracker available in the market, and all of them used well.

Perarasu, the director of Sivakasi told that Sivakasi is not a typical Vijay film, but the truth is that it is a typical Vijay film with all the ingredients in it, in the right proportions to satisfy all his fans. Like all his recent films Vijay plays a hero who growls and fights like a tiger, dances like a dream, is adept at tickling the funny bone, sheds tears for his mother and sister -- all in great style.

What more do his fans need? Is the story of Sivakasi any different from Perarasu's own Thirupachi or any other Vijay film? The answer is no.

The film which starts in Chennai moves to the village in the second half where Sivakasi (that's Vijay's name in the film) goes to save his mother (Geetha) and sister from his elder brother (Prakash Raj) who is evil incarnate. There are several songs with his lady love (Asin) and a number of fights with the baddies.

Like Perarasu said in his interview, in a nutshell, Sivakasi is about how a bad son treats (ill-treats) his mother when she is old, and how another son cares for her and saves her.

Vijay has excelled in all departments. Asin, who got a lot of applause in Ghajini, does not have much to do in Sivakasi. But Nayanthara, who drew a lot of flak for her item number in Ghajini, is the actress who is getting all the whistles and claps in Sivakasi for her latest. She just sizzles in the song! If Asin scored over her in Ghajini, it is Nayanthara who gets even with Sivakasi.

Yes, Sivakasi is made strictly for Vijay fans. The fact is, nobody associated with the film, the producer or the director or Vijay himself, proclaims this film to be 'different' or 'pathbreaking'. They have made the film to cater to a particular audience, those who have made Vijay's earlier films like Gilli, Madurai, Thirupachi, etc huge successes, and the same audience will make Sivakasi another blockbuster. The fantastic opening the film had all over Tamil Nadu is proof of that.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Sivakasi - Movie Review 8


Author: Sai Venkat, Owner-Moderator,

Just finished watching Sivakaasi last night! Just can't forget those hours of pure entertainment that I had watching Sivakaasi. From first scene to last scene, it was totally enjoyable! Far less violence than Thirupaachi, Far more enjoyable like Thirumalai and Ghilli, this is one of Vijay's most entertaining movies!

We all know its nothing new! Vijay is known for giving the same storyline with a different feel! Its the story of a welder who falls in love with a rich girl and then goes back to his village to his family to settle the problems of his cunning elder brother!

Srikkanth Deva has done a great job! All songs are superb. The background score could have been a little more better but who cares? His songs are what makes the movie more and more enjoyable! He definitely deserves another chance to work with Vijay!

Other Cast:
All did their job well. Vaiyapuri, Geetha, Lakshana, Chiti Babu, MS Baskar, etc all did well... The little boy from Kadhal had too small a role to play and his antics from Kadhal was missing!

Perarasu has a formula and he perfectly goes by it! Entertain the audiences with unadulterated heroism, good fast songs, romance, action, comedy, etc all form ingredients of his formula! And he has the best ally in Vijay who does it to the hilt! This combination surely spells super success and I wish they do one more movie together but somewhat deviating from their formula but not at the cost of entertainment!

Prakash Raj:
He does as much as what he did in Ghilli! I cant understand how this role is small for Prakash Raj. He had good importance and had something to act for! He is one of the best villians today and he has been utilised by Perarasu well. We should appreciate Vijay for persuading Prakash Raj to act this role out!

ROCKING! My liking for Nayanthara is going up! She looks so beautiful in the song and with Vijay, she looks even good. Her dance was so good that I watched the song again for her dance with Vijay! She has definitely proved Perarasu's words that she has danced superbly in the song!

Hema or Homa??? She is one of the rare heroines these days who can hold her own in action movies. Even actresses like Jyothika and Trisha couldnt hold their own in movies like Thirumalai, Thirupachi, Arul, Saami, etc but Asin has done her job very well. She has taken care that her role doesnt go unnoticed! Her chemistry with Vijay, needless to say, is so cute. The best scene was when she comes to Vijay's shop and accuses him of saying I love you to her sister Homa.. And the way she challenges Vijay and then turns her head three times after saying "Idho Paar, en thangachikku mattum edhavadhu aachu....". She is superb.

After all praising above, I am surely losing words! Anyways, this is going to be a small review on Vijay in Sivakaasi. Because I am tired of praising him from Kushi till Sachein. So my praise on him for Sivakaasi is going to be short! He has done to his best and has lived up to the role of Sivakaasi. Cant imagine any other hero in this role of his! His acting, his expressions, his fights, etc all are superb. Chinna Thalaivan namma Vijay kalakittaru indha Padathula!

Overall Review: 9.4/10


Wednesday, November 16, 2005

A smart work

[Wednesday, November 16, 2005]

Vijay is known for nifty and swift actions in his films. In real life too, he has proved to be equally smart.

Following the burning of his effigy by advocates protesting against his new film Sivakasi, actor Vijay quickly put things in perspective, and said that he always had a great regard for advocates and never hurt the sentiments of the legal fraternity.

Shooting at Vishakapattinam for his Adhi, Vijay said, 'I am shocked to know that advocates had burnt my effigy holding protests in Chennai.

‘Every movie would have some comical relief or a comedian providing some relief. The advocate character was also created with a sole intention by director Perarasu to provide some fun in the movie and not to hurt the sentiments of anyone'.

He also recalled that he played a youth who fights for educating people about the laws of the country in Tamizhan and in Sukran. ‘I act as an advocate, who helps a couple, who gets assaulted by some influential men in the society'.

Urging the advocates to end matter amicably rather than hold protests, Vijay reiterated that his character in Sivakasi was created with no ulterior motives.

That’s all, your honors.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

My mother and wife cried" - Vijay laments
- 15.11.2005

"Those who burn effigies today will set fire to real people tomorrow," pens writer Charu Nivedita.

Effigies and photos of Vijay, Perarasu and others were set aflame at Chennai High Court yesterday. This act was committed by members of the court who are responsible for peace and justice. The violence and fury with which they acted is equal to any public offence.

The reason for their outrage is a scene in 'Sivakasi' where a lawyer is made fun of for comedy sake. Coming to know of this incident, Vijay who is at present shooting in Vishakapatnam, has sent an announcement.

"In cinema, there is always a good character for a hero, a bad character for a villain and a character used for comedy purpose from olden days to present times. The lawyer character in 'Sivakasi' is also one such character," says Vijay by way of explanation.

He pointed out instances in 'Thamizhan' and 'Sukran' where the pride of the law profession could be dented. Here are some points by Vijay that deserve mention.

* In 'Sivakasi' only the actor does what I say, not the director or producer. (Then why burn my image?)

* After rigorous screening by the tough Censor Board, 'Sivakasi' was released. (Should not the protestors then protest against the Censor Board?)

Vijay's third question is very valid. Lawyers cannot pass verdict on themselves.

"Our lawyer friends are getting worked up about scenes used purely for comedy. I respect their sentiments. My mother, wife, family and my fans who cherish me more than life itself, are upset to see my effigy being burnt like that, when I am alive and well in Vishakapatnam. Is there a medicine to heal their pain?"

Do the fiery law men have an answer to this?

Monday, November 14, 2005


FROM: STEVE, Yahoo Vijay Fans Group(

Yesterday late night I watched Jaya TV's Endrendrum Vijay's special
programme featured during release of Sachein. They showed it on Astro Vaanavil at 11.30-12.30pm. Many of u had watch it before, but for those staying outside India might not have seen it. So, I am writing
it out with some of the interesting conversations of Vijay. He is questioned by four girls. They asked many questions like...

Q: What do you think about Social Activites by stars?
<<>>Vijay: I'don't know about other, but i'm doing just for self-satisfaction. The successful person i'm today is because of the public. So, i think i have to do for them. Thats all, its not to
gain publicity or anything for popularity.

Q: Why do you continously doing commercial movies which known as
Vijay's Formula?
<<>>Vijay: There is thing called as Vijay's Formula. Actually I'm not the one who choose to do commercial movies. But my fans and the people's expectation is towards commercial movies only. So, i stick to commercial movies and my aim is to give what audience
wants. As long as audience loves to watch commercial movies i'll continue to do commercial movies. May be there will be some similarities between the films but audience enjoying commercial movies very much.

Q:Would you have come to acting, if your parents not in this cinema industry?
<<>>Vijay: I start to have interest in movies when i was 10 years. From that age i used to see lots of movies. And more over, my family cinema background has increase my interest in cinema. I still would have come to cinema, even if my parents not in cinema industry. But may be i would have gone to 10-15 cinema company and strugle few years before enter into this industry. With my parents support, my entrance to cinema is a bit easy. But when i was first tell my parents about my interest to enter cinema, i had do lots of arguments with my parents to convience them, because they don't want me to emter into in this industry as they know how hard it is to get a stable position. But i'm very much clear about my ambition to enter into cinema.

Q: Do you feel that your status as actor, disturb your normal life?
<<>>Vijay: I feel i missed few things like going to theatre with full crowd for Rajini sir movies, riding my bike on road, and thing that i used to do before enter cinema. But, i would not say it as
disturbance to my life. I enjoy my life as usual.

Q: Do you feel that you have missed few thing by entering into this industry?
<<>>Vijay: Yeah, certainly like my education, going arround freely. But i'm doing what ever i wish to do to enjoy my life as normal. Even if i'm not an actor, i'll still carryout my life as what i'm
doing today.

Q: Do ever wish to do more character roles?
<<>>Vijay: I wish to do, but previously i did Kannukul Nilavu. it didn't get good reponse, i'm very much happy when doing the movie but i'm very much upset with the result. So, i decided to not doing it and i feel that my fan not expecting that kind of movie from me.

Q: What do you expect from directors coming approach you? Do you tell them what thins that need to be in your movies?
<<>>Vijay: I don't interfece in story. But i used to ask for at least one "Khutu" song for my fans and two fights, thats all. I dont have any experience in story, i don't interfece in things that i
dont know. The direcors now days, knows what the trends in the market and what audience expect. I they are more knowledgable then me. I just leave it to them and concentrate on acting.

Q: Why did you do ghilli which is a remade? What do you think about dir.Dharani? Which is your fav song in Ghilli?
<<>>Vijay: I saw the original version of ghilli in telugu, i'm impressed with fast moving screenplay of the movie and decided to do it. Dir.Dharani has done a even greater job in Ghilli, he lots of changes to the screenplay. I really loved the movie. There are many mass songs in ghilli, but, my fav song is the Arjunar Villu situational song. Even now i use to play the song when i'm driving with Sanjay.

Q: What is your expectation when go to watch a movie as normal audience?
<<>>Vijay: It depends, like for Annamalai, i expect to watch Rajini sir sytle, punch dialouge. For, Autograph i dont expect to see fights all, but i'm very much enjoyed the movie. and i think of my
autograph in the end of the movie.

Q: How may autograph do you have?
<<>>Vijay: I also have, my first autograph when i was in 8th std, then when i was in 12th std, then few other when i'm in college. It's normal like other guys.

Q: Do you take care of all your costumes in movies, because now lots of youngters following your stlye of clothing?
<<>>Vijay: I like to wear a t-shirt and shirt on top of it and unbutton the shirt. I like to wear it very much. Now my wife is taking care of my costumes.

Q: Which is your fav song that you sing in your own voice?
<<>>Vijay: I like the song "Hey Pappa" from Badri, the picturisation also very cute. I also like the song "Coca Cola brown color" from Bagavathy.

Q: Do you have any memorable incident or naughty things you have done?
<<>>Vijay: I remember one thing, when i'm in college day, we go for a tour in train. We going with girls. And there is two guys coming from other compartment and teasing our college girls. So, i and my friends (10 of us), beat that guys. But, when arrive to station, the two guys come with 40 guys and beat us. Then i realise that i shouldn't have done it. Some my friends even get bandages when going back.

It's an hour programme, but most of things we already know. Hope u guys who missed the show, enjoy reading it.


Saturday, November 12, 2005

"There can be only one Superstar" - Vijay

Ilayathalapathi Vijay has garnered an enviable fan following these days. His performance in films is simply superb and remarkable. Commenting on rumours that he has became arrogant because of his star status, he has strongly denied such rumours, describing them as baseless.

He says that his only aim is to earn a good place in the
hearts of his fans. "There can be only one superstar and that can be none other than Rajinikanth," says Vijay in all humility.

Sivakasi - Movie Review 7


Courtesy: The Hindu

Genre: Action
Cast: Vijay, Prakashraj, Asin
Director: Paerarasu
Storyline: As a boy the hero runs away from home, but circumstances make his return essential. Bottomline: Another commercial venture so typically Vijay.

An apt title for the Deepavali season, Sri Surya Movies' `Sivakasi' (U) is firepower from first to last. Sivakasi, the hero, is a metaphor for light, fireworks and everything bright. Shekar V. Joseph's camera makes sure that you don't miss the symbolism at any point. Paerarasu takes on the onus of story, screenplay, dialogue, direction and lyrics and completely in tune with the taste of the masses does a fairly neat job of it. Only that the invariable protraction of the climax and the villain's predictable remorse tire you.

Sivakasi (Vijay) owns a welding shop and is a firebrand who fears none. His nonchalance irritates the villains. Hema, the rich daughter of a jeweller, falls in love with Sivakasi, but surprisingly the affair faces no parental interference, only approval. Just when things look hunky-dory, Sivakasi's childhood unfolds in flashback and the hero realises that he has more pressing things to attend to in Nattarasankottai, the village he ran away from 15 years ago.

Vijay scores

For Vijay's diehard fans `Sivakasi' is a typical treat. The hero knows very well that without much change in make-up and appearance he can have his faithfuls eating out of his hand. The larger-than-life image, excellent agility in dance and stunts, and histrionics help Vijay score with the ease of a veteran. The actor could work wonders if he teams with the likes of Shankar or Cheran.

As always, Asin looks gorgeous and makes best use of the opportunity offered. Prakashraj as the consummate villain is at home in his role of Udayappa, local MLA. Instead of sending a chill down people's spine, this bad man ends up making you feel sorry for him! Paerarasu's characterisation is so. But even here, Shakuntala as his evil, yet bird-brained mother-in-law is a major sore point. Even Udayappa deserves a better deal!Lakshana's homely looks enhances her portrayal of Sivakasi's sister. Some of Srikanth Deva's peppy refrains remind you of numbers of yore, and re-recording in `Sivakasi' is more of din. `En Deivathukkae ... ' has appealing tune and lyric.

With an immense dose of the Vijay brand of family sentiment and action, `Sivakasi' should cruise through with ease.


Friday, November 11, 2005

Vijay wins in the race with Vikram
- 11.11.2005

In the race of you or me, Ilaya Dalapathy has overtaken Chiyan.

To prevent the 'Sivakasi' crackers from going damp, the god of rain has given a brief respite. The falling collection, picked up after the rains stopped and Sivakasi slowly started breaking records.

Vikram or Vijay? We at last know who the winner of the Deepavali race is. In the first week of release, Vijay's 'Sivakasi' yielded a collection of 2 crores in Madurai alone. They say it is more than the rights for the Madurai area.

Theatres in the outskirts of Chennai made 5 ½ lakhs per day, whereas Chennai city theatres made 7 lakhs minimum.

From A to C centres, 'Sivakasi' has received good reception. Released at the same time, 'Majaa' has not received the expected attention. There was more expectation of Anniyan and Asin has not scored well either. Only Pasupathy stands out in the film.

Now that 'Sivakasi' has taken the coveted seat at the box office, 'Majaa' is struggling along in a corner. If this is what has befallen even Vikram, one need not wonder at the plight of Dhanush and Srikanth. They were seen nowhere near the box office.

One can say that Sivakasi hit the fabulous sixer that Sachein missed!

Vijay thrashes talk of superstar status
November 11, 2005

Vijay is the top star today in terms of collection and mass appeal. He works hard to maintain the status and his films are assured of good business. He has his finger on the pulse of the audience and gives them what they want. Amidst recent reports that he had become quite arrogant or distant because of his star status, he refuted in a recent interview that he was essentially a simple and introverted person. He was not flamboyant.
But, he was dedicated and disciplined in his profession. His ambition was to reach the number one position in the minds of the audience. Before we jumped to the conclusion that he was trying for the superstar status as another popular hero had declared some time ago, he hurried to clarify. He said that there could be only one superstar and that would be Rajini alone. At best, other aspirants could bask in some reflected glory.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

With the formula intact - Review from The Hindu


Genre: Action
Cast: Vijay, Prakashraj, Asin
Director: Paerarasu

Storyline: As a boy the hero runs away from home, but circumstances make his return essential.
Bottomline: Another commercial venture so typically Vijay.

An apt title for the Deepavali season, Sri Surya Movies' `Sivakasi' (U) is firepower from first to last. Sivakasi, the hero, is a metaphor for light, fireworks and everything bright. Shekar V. Joseph's camera makes sure that you don't miss the symbolism at any point. Paerarasu takes on the onus of story, screenplay, dialogue, direction and lyrics and completely in tune with the taste of the masses does a fairly neat job of it. Only that the invariable protraction of the climax and the villain's predictable remorse tire you.

Sivakasi (Vijay) owns a welding shop and is a firebrand who fears none. His nonchalance irritates the villains. Hema, the rich daughter of a jeweller, falls in love with Sivakasi, but surprisingly the affair faces no parental interference, only approval. Just when things look hunky-dory, Sivakasi's childhood unfolds in flashback and the hero realises that he has more pressing things to attend to in Nattarasankottai, the village he ran away from 15 years ago.

Vijay scores

For Vijay's diehard fans `Sivakasi' is a typical treat. The hero knows very well that without much change in make-up and appearance he can have his faithfuls eating out of his hand. The larger-than-life image, excellent agility in dance and stunts, and histrionics help Vijay score with the ease of a veteran. The actor could work wonders if he teams with the likes of Shankar or Cheran.

As always, Asin looks gorgeous and makes best use of the opportunity offered. Prakashraj as the consummate villain is at home in his role of Udayappa, local MLA. Instead of sending a chill down people's spine, this bad man ends up making you feel sorry for him! Paerarasu's characterisation is so. But even here, Shakuntala as his evil, yet bird-brained mother-in-law is a major sore point.

Even Udayappa deserves a better deal!Lakshana's homely looks enhances her portrayal of Sivakasi's sister. Some of Srikanth Deva's peppy refrains remind you of numbers of yore, and re-recording in `Sivakasi' is more of din. `En Deivathukkae ... ' has appealing tune and lyric.

With an immense dose of the Vijay brand of family sentiment and action, `Sivakasi' should cruise through with ease.


Sivakasi - Movie Review 6



One man alone stands up to confront the thug Pallakku Pandian's gang that is running amok in a T Nagar shopping area. That is Vijay.

This dialogue takes place between them…

Pallakku Pandi: Hey, what is your name?
Vijay: Sivakasi!
Pallakku Pandi: I am asking your name and you are saying the name of a place?
Vijay: That is the place they manufacture crackers. This (indicating himself) is the place it will blow up.

At this the gang attacks him from all sides, Vijay runs true to his name by displaying his limbs in fighting them. What happens then? The fans celebrate the cracking action of Sivakasi. Naturally we would like to know the background of such a strong person like Vijay in the story.Running away from his village to Chennai when he was 10, Vijay is managing his welding workshop. Chitti Babu and M S Bhaskar are his sidekicks.

In the process, the man who melts iron falls in love with the well to do Asin. In a confrontation, Asin asks, "Do you know what family life is? Do you know what affection is?" The next minute Asin gets a slap on her face from Vijay. This is followed with a flash back of Vijay's life and his announcement that he will go to his native place, and come back with his family to her house to ask for her hand.

There he meets his elder brother Prakash Raj and ends his cruel behaviour towards his mother and sister and how he then comes to ask for Asin's hands forms the rest of the narrative.

Action followed by character depiction, coupled with comedy, added with sentiments over mother and sister, and a few mannerisms, Vijay is following in the footsteps of Rajini's style.If falling in love with Asin and the associated comedy is hot in the first half, plotting to unseat his brother Prakash Raj and emoting with the status of his sister Lakshana and mother Geeta, are sweet in the second half.Asin scores double century in the scene where she cheats Vijay by claiming that she is a twin.

In the song 'Ada ennatha sollvenungo…," Asin appears in a Brahmin getup and her acting makes the fans ask for more.Even with money, position and gang power, when Prakash Raj / Udayappan becomes tame before his aunt Sakunthala ('Dhool' Swarnakka), the feeling is one of disappointment.

When Prakash Raj and Vijay bargain with one Rupee and two Rupees, Ganja Karuppu says, "Why don't you round off the amount to 10?" and offers 10 lakhs. "But I thought you meant 10,000," says a flabbergasted Prakash Raj and puts his hand over his mouth. It went down well with the audience.

Besides, M S Bhaskar appearing as a lawyer getting into all kinds of cases, adds to the comic movements. If Srikanth Deva's music for songs "Kodambakkam area…," Ada ennatha sollvenungo..' and 'Vaada vaada thozha…' are like snacks, 'Idhu enna idhu enna...' and 'Deepavali deepavali…' are like the sweet gulab jamun.It is tiring to listen to 'Aaraaro aariraaro' chorus repeated in sentiment scenes.

Cameraman Shekar V Joseph should be lauded for keeping good pace with director Perarasu's screenplay.Stunt master Rocky Rajesh must be commended for his hard work in the composition of the fight sequences.

Director Perarasu has dried the gift pack of crackers from 'Thirupachi' and offered it in 'Sivakasi'.

''Sivakasi' - explosivepulses:

Wow... Buss...
Vijay,Asin,Energetic dance tunes

Story full of loopholes,Too many logic defying mistakes

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Sivakasi - Movie Review 5

Movie Review : Sivakasi

Producer: A.M.Ratnam
Director: Perarasu
Cast: Vijay, Asin, Prakash Raj, Murali, Geeta
Music: Srikanth Deva

Director Perarasu and Vijay have yet again used their old formula in 'Sivakasi' too. They are fond of films with larger-than-life character, forceful dialogues, stunning action, comedy, glamour and good-hearted hero with loads of mother and sister sentiments. The duo repeats this formula in 'Sivakasi' again. But class audience who are seeking quality entertainment would not enjoy this film. However, they have used lots of mass masalas to cater to the mass audience.

Sivakasi (Vijay) lives in exile at Renganathan Street, T.Nagar in Chennai for 15 years. He later goes back to the village to rescue his mother (Geeta) and sister from the clutches of his evil brother (Prakash Raj). He has a rich and modern girl trying to tempt him.

Perarasu has indeed done the reverse of 'Tirupachi' in 'Sivakasi'. The story in 'Tirupachi' starts with rural background in the first half and ends up in the city in the second half. But in 'Sivakasi', the story has an urban set up in the first half and then later turns to village.

The film works only because of Vijay's superstar image. He carries his character very well with a good sense of humor. Vijay and Asin's comic encounters are the asset of the film. They have an excellent on-screen chemistry. Prakash Raj's role as Vijay's brother is fine but Geeta's role is dull. Comedians M.S Baskar, Chitti Babu and others make the audience have fun. Nayantara looks glamorous and attractive in the item number.

Sunny V.Joseph's camera work is good. GK's artwork in the film is commendable and Srikanth Deva's songs also go well with the mood of the film. On the whole, the film is a good masala film. It has delivered the goods for the mass audience.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Interview: Ratnam reigns Kollywood

A.M Ratnam needs no introduction. He is the ultimate top producer in South Indian films. Most of his films are blockbusters. And he knows the interest and psychology of the masses. The audience seldom betrays him, as he delivers what they want. Yet again, his latest release 'Sivakasi' with Vijay in the lead is a super hit. He is no doubt a winning producer. Here is an excerpt from the interview with the veteran filmmaker.

Excerpts from the Interview:

Could you share us the success of your latest film 'Sivakasi'?

The film is a huge success. It had a wonderful opening all over the world. The collections on Diwali, the opening day was 100 percent in all the theatres and it remained the same even on the following day, which was a working day. That's fantastic.

Do you think it will do better than 'Tirupachi' and 'Ghilli'?

It is too early to say about the fate of the film but it is surely going to become a blockbuster. I think it will be as big as 'Ghilli', as the rush for tickets is awesome even for the afternoon shows.

How comes you produce so many mass masala films that interests the audience?

Things are changing at a very fast pace these days. And it is not easy to make mass masala entertainers today. The ingredients have to be right and good if a film is to work. 'Sivakasi' worked because of right mix by director Perarasu and Vijay's huge image.

How do you rate Vijay's performance in the film?

He is superb and has the ability to carry the show all by himself. He is a well-known face and commands the biggest opening in Kollywood. You won't believe that 'Sivakasi' opened better than that of Mammootty or Mohanlal's film in Kerala this Diwali.

Tell us about your forthcoming projects.

My next film 'Bheema' in Tamil with Vikram in the lead has already started. Lingusamy is directing this mass film scheduled for next year's summer release. My other Telugu film 'Bangaram' is on the verge of completion. Dharani is the director of the film.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Sivakasi` super, `Majaa` miserable!

By Moviebuzz
Monday, 07 November , 2005, 10:49

The Diwali box-office results are out- only Sivakasi is a super hit and the rest have all been washed away by rains and lackluster content.

Vijay’s Sivakasi, in spite of heavy rains crackled the most at the Tamilnadu box-office. It took a 100 percent opening in the first three days all over. At Kolathur Ganga theatre, a suburb of Chennai the film grossed an amazing Rs 7.26 Lakhs on Diwali day!

Meanwhile, the other biggie Majaa is turning out to be damp squib at the box-office. The trade feels that the film lacks nativity and the audience felt letdown with Vikram’s character with hardly any heroism like a Remo or Anniyan in Anniyan. The collections of Majaa has been sliding from day one.

Another Diwali release Athu Oru Kana Kalam is a total wash out and we will not like to reveal the miserable collection figures! Perusu with newcomers is also a flop.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

5 best openers in Kollywood!

5 best openers in Kollywood!
By Moviebuzz
Saturday, 05 November , 2005, 12:42

In one-day cricket, an opening batman who can hit all round the stadium in the first 15 overs of the game is very crucial for the team’s victory! The best openers in the world are Adam Gilchrist, Sanath Jayasurya, and our own Sachin Tendulkar. They can not only dictate terms but also change the course of the match.

Similarly in Tamil cinema, there are superstars who command a great opening. Their films open big with larger number of prints and during opening weekend (Fri to Sun) they ensure a large turn out irrespective of the quality or content of the film.

In fact, a superstar’s ratings are purely based on how much revenue the actor can generate and how fast he does it. In cricket, the team that scores maximum in the first 15 overs stands a better chance to win while in Tamil cinema, the hero who collects the best in the first 3 days is the real superstar!

Tamil cinema’s top 5 openers-

No1:- Rajnikanth
The best opener that Kollywood has ever seen! Even a bad film of his, takes a one-week opening instead of the regular three days! If the film carries good reports, then he gets repeat audience from day-one itself, something unheard of in Indian cinema. This superstar has pulling power in neigbouring states like Andhra, Kerala and Karnataka including overseas. The production cost (minus his salary) of his films is recovered in the opening weekend itself.

No: 2- Vijay
The 31-year old actor is the fastest rising star in Tamil cinema who is fast catching up with the real superstar. But unlike Rajnikanth, Vijay does not have a market in Andhra but in Kerala, Karnataka and overseas he is very popular especially among Sri Lankan Tamils. His weekend opening is the best among young heroes and afterwards the film will run purely on the strength of its content.

No: 3-Vikram
He has a never-say-die spirit and climbed up the ladder on his own hard work over years. A late bloomer, Vikram has opened up the Telugu market and created a new road map for Tamil films all over South. He appeals more to city audience and has a fantastic opening in cities. He also sells best when he combines with good directors like Shankar, Dharani and Bala.

No: 4- Kamal Hassan
The rise of Vikram has eaten into Kamal Hassan’s market of character-driven roles that click with the upper-class city audience. Still Kamal is way ahead in comedy genre which unfortunately does not go down with the masses as they are not crass and loud. Kamal films also take a good opening only in cities and his citadels are Kerala, Andhra, and overseas, which is now being threatened by the young brigade.

No:5- Surya
The year 2005 saw the rise of Surya as an action hero. He emerged as a winner with Mayaavi taking a good opening though the film flopped. Now his Ghajini took a fabulous opening similar to a superstar film. He is also fast emerging as the teen icon among youth of Kerala and overseas, which augers well for him.

This rating is purely based on the box-office success of the respective actors in the last 15 months. Please note that there are a host of other actors who too command good opening.

The views expressed in the article are the author's and not of

Sivakasi - Movie Review 4

Cast Vijay, Asin, Geetha, Prakash Raj, Charanya, Vaiyapuri
Cinema photography Sunny V. Joseph
Editing V.Jayashankar
Stunt Rakki Rajesh, Thalapathi Dinesh
Music Srikanth Deva
Art G.K
Dance Dinesh, Ashok Raja, Shobi
Designs Lanka Baskar
Story, Screenplay, Dialogue, Lyrics, Direction Perarasu
Stills Ramani
Production A.M.Rathnam
PRO Nellai


Vijay, Asin and director Perarasu come together in Sivakaasi. As the name suggests, this is a fiery, action-packed entertainer, since Sivakaasi is the famous cracker capital of India. But in this movie, spelt with 3 a's, it is the screen name of the hero, who comes from his home-town (Sivakaasi, of course) to Chennai to earn his livelihood.Perarasu has moulded Vijay to his tastes, while also retaining the USPs of Vijay, his has got a director who has really understood him and the needs of the fans. Vijay's films are generally never disappointing.

Vijay has delivered all that his fans expect – fights with real rage, street dances with real rhythm, good dialogues, a few jokes, a pinch of sentiment and real Chennai slang, smart dialogues, play on words, etc.The story is about Sivakaasi (Vijay) who is a welder by profession and comes to Cehnnai to earn his livelihood. He has to get along with Prakash Raj, his villainous brother, and in their fights and arguments, sparks fly between the two, generating heat and light onscreen.

Prakash Raj plays the role of a person so evil and threatening that he uses their own mother (played by the actress of yesteryears Geetha) as a pawn at times. Possibly both of them have given their best performances till date in Sivakaasi.The hero lives at Ranganathan Street and art director G.K. has brought the street into live using his skills and techniques. He comes to Sivakaasi to demolish the evil acts of his brother. In the meantime he also steals time to roam about with a rich girl(Asin), who eventually falls in love with him.

Vijay's performance as usual is really good. His abilities to dance well, crack jokes, expressive eyes, area all his talents put to fullest use. Asin has given him good company, and their on-screen chemistry is sparkling. Her retorts, arguments, and verbal exchanges with Vijay will surely make one laugh. Prakash Raj has done his role as usual. His acting and performance resemble that of Gilli. S.M. Bhaskar and Chitti Babu have taken the responsibility for the comedy and it is well done too.

The beat songs by Srikanth Deva will bring the roofs down and are already popular. The Iyer song where Asin dresses as an Iyer lady is melodious and very well picturised. Perarasu has done his job of penning the dialogues well too. He has exactly delivered what has to be delivered. The makers are confident the movie will be an explosive success at the box-office. This is one sparkling family entertainer released this Deepavali.

Comment : Definitely worth watching

Sivakasi - Movie Review 3

An All Round Entertainer
By P. Sreekumaran
Film critic, ApunKaChoice.Com

The Vijay-Perarasu combination has worked wonders again. The duo had courted success in their first venture together, Tirupachi, which was a bumper hit. It also firmed up Vijay’s status as the virtual No 2 in Kollywood, next only to the redoubtable Rajnikant. Likewise, Sivakasi has got off to a fantastic opening as well. It has the stamp of success written all over it.

The success formula? Simple. Make it a masala movie with all the ingredients in the right measure. So Sivakasi has everything the ordinary Tamil filmgoer wants to see. Action scenes, stunts, comedy, peppy songs, delightful dance sequences topped by a sexy item number – you name it, and Sivakasi has it. No wonder, Vijay’s smile has become broader these days!

That said, it must be admitted that the film does strains credulity to a certain extent. But, then, who bothers about logic and things like that? Not the Vijay fans, who are happy lapping up the salacious stuff their hero has dished out on Diwali day.

A big slice of the credit must go to director Perarasu for keeping audience interest intact till the very end, despite the absence of logic. He has made it a pacy and entertaining affair with slick direction. An added bonus is excellent editing, which makes it a pleasure to watch. Perarasu had successfully employed the formula in Tirupachi. He has repeated it in Sivakasi with equal success. Only the locale is different.

In Tirupachi the story unfolds in the bucolic ambience of a village. Sivakasi sees the action taking place in an urban setting. Hero Sivakasi (Vijay) is man with a golden heart. A do-gooder, who dotes on his mother and sister. The theme revolves round the sacrifices he is called upon to make the mother and sister happy. Circumstances force him to leave the village and come to Chennai. But he has to go back to the village because his sister and mother (Geeta) are in trouble, thanks to the machinations and doings of his elder brother (Prakash Raj), who is an embodiment of evil.

Like in Tirupachi, in Sivakasi too Vijay has a rich girl vying for his love and attention. Performance-wise, Vijay leads the fun brigade. That he is no great shakes as an actor is known. But the ‘Ilaya Dalapathi’ manages to infuse fun and verve into his character. His girlfriend, Asin, is a perfect foil. The on-screen chemistry is wonderful and the comic interludes lively. Prakash Raj again excels as Vijay’s wicked brother. Villainy has become his forte these days. And it is another polished performance from Prakash. The only difference is the villainy is softened by a dash of buffoonery, which goes down well with the audience.

Geeta is adequate as Vijay’s mother, though she has not had her role properly fleshed out. The team of comedians including M.S Baskar and Chitti Babu tickle your funny bone. Another highlight of the film is an item number by Nayantara. Nayan oozes oomph, pandering to the taste of the frontbenchers. A performance even the current queen of glamour Namitha can be proud of!

Sivakasi also marks the coming of age of cameraman Sunny V.Joseph, who attracted attention with his excellent work in Rajni’s Chandramukhi.Composer Srikanth Deva has come out with a few numbers that go well with the mood of levity that animates the film.

All in all, Sivakasi is a cracker of a movie! Suspend your critical faculties, you will enjoy it!