Wednesday, April 30, 2008
இயக்கம் - தரணி
இசை - வித்யாசாகர்
குடும்பத்தின் சந்தோஷம் மட்டுமே முக்கியம் என நினைக்கும் ஒருவன் அந்த குடும்பத்தை காப்பாற்ற சந்திக்கும் சோதனையே கதை.
நடிகர் - நடிகைகள்
விஜய், த்ரிஷா, மாளவிகா, ஆசிஸ்வித்யாத்தி, சிட்டிபாபு மற்றும் பலர்.
* 'கில்லி' வெற்றியைத் தொடர்ந்து விஜய்-தரணி-த்ரிஷா-வித்யாசாகர் கூட்டணி இணையும் இரண்டாவது படம்
* முதல்வர் கருணாநிதியின் பேரனும் அமைச்சர் மு.க.ஸ்டாலினின் மகனுமான உதயநிதி இப்படம் மூலம் தயாரிப்பாளராகியுள்ளார். அவரது ரெட் ஜெயண்ட் மூவிஸ் தயாரித்துள்ளது.
* மலேசிய வாழ் தமிழர் கதாபாத்திரத்தில் நடிக்கும் விஜய்யின் பெயர் வெற்றிவேல்.
* விஜய் - த்ரிஷா இடையே இருக்கும் காதல் கெமிஸ்ட்ரியை கலைக்கும் கேரக்டரில் மாளவிகா வருகிறார். விஜய்க்கு முத்தம் தருவதுபோன்ற காட்சியில் கிற்கிறப்பு ஏற்படுத்துகிறாராம்.
* கில்லியில் சென்னை திருவல்லிக்கேணி ஏரியாவை செட்டாக போட்டதுபோல இதில் சென்னை கூவம் பகுதிகளை ஒட்டியிருக்கும் குடிசை பகுதிகளை செட்டாக போட்டுள்ளாராம் கலை இயக்குனர் மணிராஜ்.
* டிஸ்கோதெ கிளப் போன்ற செட்டில் விஜய் ஆடிப்பாடிய விறுவிறுப்பான நடனத்தை பிரமாதமாக படமாக்கியுள்ளாராம் ஒளிப்பதிவாளர் கோபிநாத்.
* வித்யாசாகர் இசையில் படத்தில் இடம் பெறும் ஐந்து பாடல்களில் ஒன்று மட்டுமே மெலடி.
விஜய்-விக்ரம் இணைந்து நடிக்கும படத்தை தயாரிக்கும் முயற்சியில் இறங்கியுள்ளார் ஒரு தயாரிப்பாளர்
விஜய்யும் அஜித்தும் இன்று எதிரெதிர் துருவங்களாக இருந்தாலும் ஒரு காலத்தில் சேர்ந்து நடித்தார்கள்தான். இப்போது இவர்கள் இருவரும் சேர்ந்து நடிப்பது என்பது ஆட்டுக்கு தாடி வளரும் கதைதான். ஆனால், விஜய்யும்-விக்ரமும் ஆரம்பத்திலிருந்தே ஒருவரையொருவர் நட்பு பாராட்டி வருகின்றனர்.
இந்நிலையில் இவர்கள் இணைந்து ஒரு படத்தை தயாரிக்க தயாரிப்பாளர் கலபாத்தி அகோரம் முயற்சி செய்து வருகிறாராம். இவர் 'திருட்டுப் பயலே', 'சந்தோஷ் சுப்ரமணியம்' படங்களை தயாரித்தவர்.
தன் விருப்பத்தை விஜய், விக்ரம் இருவரிடமும் அகோரம் பல மாதங்களுக்கு முன் தெரிவித்திருக்கிறார். கதை பொருத்தமாக அமைந்தால் நடிப்பதில் ஆட்சேபனை இல்லை என இருவருமே கருத்து தெரிவித்துள்ளனர்.
இந்நிலையில் விஜய்-விக்ரம் இருவருக்கும் பொருத்தமான ஐந்து கதைகளை தேர்வு செய்துள்ளார் தயாரிப்பாளர் அகோரம். அந்த கதைகளை கேட்க விஜய்யும், விக்ரமும் நேரம் ஒதுக்கியுள்ளதாக தெரிகிறது.
ஒருவேளை இருவரும் நடிப்பது உறுதியாகிவிட்டால், அப்படத்தை தமிழ், தெலுங்கு, ஹிந்தி ஆகிய மூன்று மொழிகளிலும் தயாரிக்க திட்டமிட்டுள்ளாராம் தயாரிப்பாளர் அகோரம்.
A producer is trying seriously to bring Vijay and Vikram to do a film together
Though Vijay and Ajith are at opposite poles today, they had acted in films together. Now, of course, it is next to impossible to do that. But Vijay and Vikram have been friends from the beginning.
Producer Kalathi Agoram is trying to produce a film with these two actors. He is the producer of
'Thiruttupayale' and 'Santosh Subramaniam'.
He has expressed his desire to both Vikram and Vijay some time ago. And both have agreed for that, provided a suitable story could be found. Now, producer Agoram has made ready five stories suitable for both of them. Both Vikram and Vijay have agreed to listen to the stories, it is learnt.
If it is certain that both of them would do the film, producer Agoram has decided to produce the film in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi too.
உதயநிதி ஸ்டாலினின் முதல் தயாரிப்பில், தரணி இயக்கத்தில் உருவாகியுள்ள கில்லி படமான குருவியின் ஆடியோ சமீபத்தில் ரிலீஸாகி பாட்டுக்கள் ஹிட் ஆகி பட்டையைக் கிளப்பிக் கொண்டிருக்கின்றன.
இந்த நிலையில் படம் மே 1ம் தேதி திரைக்கு வரும் என்று முதலில் அறிவிக்கப்பட்டிருந்தது. ஆனால் தற்போது 3ம் தேதிக்கு மாற்றியுள்ளனர்.
மே 2ம் தேதி அகில இந்திய பந்த் ஒன்றை எதிர்க்கட்சிகள் அறிவித்துள்ளன. இதையடுத்து மே 3ம் தேதிக்கு பட ரிலீஸை தள்ளிப் போட்டுள்ளனர்.
படம் முழுக்க முடிந்து விட்டது. சின்னச் சின்ன நகாசு வேலைகளையும் முடித்து விட்டனர். தற்போது பிரசாத் லேப்ஸ் பிரிண்ட் போடும் வேலையில் மும்முரமாகியுள்ளது. மொத்தம் 400 பிரிண்டுகளைப் போடுகின்றனர். புதன்கிழமையன்று படத்தின் டிவிடிக்கள் திரையரங்க உரிமையாளர்களிடம் வழங்கப்படவுள்ளது.
தமிழகத்ைதத் தவிர கேரளா, கர்நாடகத்திலும் ஒரே நேரத்தில் குருவி ரிலீஸாகிறது. பெங்களூர் நகரில் மட்டும் 6 தியேட்டர்களில் படத்தைத் திரையிடுகின்றனராம். ஓகனேக்கல் பிரச்சினையைத் தொடர்ந்து கன்னட அமைப்புகள் செய்த ரகளையால் அங்கு தமிழ்ப் படங்களைத் திரையிடுவது சிக்கலாக இருந்தது. சமீபத்தில்தான் அது சரியாகி மறுபடியும் தமிழ்ப் படங்கள் ஓடத் தொடங்கியுள்ளன. இந்த நிலையில் முதல் முறையாக விஜய் படம் வெளியாவதால், வரவேற்பு எப்படி இருக்கும் என்ற எதிர்பார்ப்பு எழுந்துள்ளது.
கேரளா விநியோக உரிமை ரூ.1.5 கோடிக்குப் போயுள்ளது. விஜய் படம் ஒன்றுக்கு அதிக விலை கொடுக்கப்பட்டிருப்பது இதுவே முதல் முறையாகும். அங்கு 48 தியேட்டர்களில் படத்தை வருகிற சனிக்கிழமை ரிலீஸ் செய்கின்றனர்.
இந்த நிலையில் குருவி படத்திற்கு யுஏ சர்ட்டிபிகேட்டை தணிக்கை வாரியம் வழங்கியுள்ளதாம். மேலும் படத்தில் இடம் பெற்றிருந்த சில வன்முறைக் காட்சிகளுக்கும் கட் சொல்லியுள்ளனராம்.
பி.கு.: மே 1ம் தேதி அஜீத்திற்குப் பிறந்த நாள். எனவேதான் குருவியை 3ம் தேதிக்கு தூக்கிப் போய் விட்டார்கள் என்றும் ஒரு பேச்சு உலவுகிறது!
The buzz on Ilayathalapathy Vijay's Kuruvi is getting bigger day by day.
The reports we are getting from the labs, overseas and sneak preview audiences are that the film is "amazing and extraordinary. Vijay asathiyirukku, ena speed, padam double Ghilli! ." The advance booking of Kuruvi which opened today morning in eight Chennai screens has been "very good and have been sold out for the first two days". In Tamilnadu alone there will be nearly 300 screens showing.
Vijay's Kuruvi is also all set to release in USA. Prints have left from India. Narmadha Media has procured the theatrical rights of the film in USA for yet another record price.
Kuruvi is scheduled to open in 12 cities along with its Indian theatrical release Says Jayavel Murugan the biggest distributor of Tamil films in US: “Advanced bookings are now open in various cities for Kuruvi the audiences are eagerly waiting to watch the magic of Illayathalapathy Vijay with Trisha. Director Dharani is a very reputed director among the US audience and this has added expectations of the film”.
Meanwhile Kuruvi is releasing really big in Kerala. For the first time a Vijay film is going to release in 65 screens across Kerala. In big cities like Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram it is being screened in two screens. Already the trade is predicting a bumper opening similar to a Mammootty or Mohanlal biggie.
The successful Gilly team is back in action with director tharani directing this flick and illaiya thalapathy Vijay and pretty Trisha will be the lead, actor Suman and comedian Vivek are also in the cast.
This film is produced under the banner Red Giant Movies and the producer is Mr. Udhayanidhi Stalin, music by Vidyasagar is back with a bang and a mix of Indian genres and the album is worth listening to, as it will dominant for a period.
Happy New Year
A effective introductory song with a diverge combination with a Tamil koothu and a rap song , the song rendered very well by Sunitha Sargam and the Tamil rap by Yogi B and the English rap by Dr. Parn, the song raves about the hero and will stand out and the chartbusters. Music is very simple. The lyrics for the song is penned by Na. Muthukumar.
This song sounds more like a situational song that has a mass appeal, and a typical illai thalapathy Vijay dance number that will set the screen ablaze, the song is very well sung by Sangeetha Althipoor with distress and happiness in his voice, simple practical lyrics by kabilan.
Thaen Thaen Thaen
A definite romantic number with the magic pair Vijay and Trisha, sung by the best romantic duo Udithnarayanan and Shreya Gosal, the BGM is monotonous with the elevation with the voice that is very appealing. The lyrics by yuga barathi is sensitive by yugabarathy.
A fast dance number with the Vidhyasagar has rendered his voice along with s. Rajalakshmi whose voice is dense and strong and the music is completely westernized. Giving in a Punjabi appeal in the middle is a very amusing, the music is different and that what stands out in this album. Lyrics by Pa Vijay.
The theme music that is threatening with the title of the film, music is well disseminated, sung by Praveenmani, Dr. Parn, Ranina, Suvi, brief but crisp lyrics by Na. Muthukumar.
A commercial koothu duet with renowned singers K.K and Anuradha Sriram at their best, this song resembling the previous gilly number "appadi poddu" the song is treat for the audience and the heart core Vijay fans. Lyrics by Pa Vijay are rustic with all the Tamil colloquial words.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
April 19, 2008
In an effort to encourage children to go to school, the Tamil Nadu government has decided to come out with a documentary. Sensing the pulse of the children that film actors would drive home the point easily, three extremely popular stars, especially among the kids – Vijay, Surya and Madhavan – have been signed up for this venture.
April 29, 2008
IPL fever has caught on India and entire nation is gripped with cricket mania. Chennai Super Kings has been performing in an exemplary fashion till date not having dropped a single match. Ilayathalapathy Vijay is the brand ambassador from tinsel town for CSK who has been doing his duty religiously, cheering the team in all the matches.
The buzz that is doing the rounds in the industry is that IPL matches have made a dent in collections of the recently released films. The general norm in the industry to release a film during summer vacation is to attract the youth community. But cricket fever has affected box office collection to a large extent and many films which are due to release this vacation may see a postponement, thanks to cricket.
Vijay’s Kuruvi which was initially slated for a May 2nd release is getting postponed by a couple of days to 3rd May which is a Saturday and this is very unusual in filmi world. When probed, it was revealed that a CSK match is scheduled on Friday the 2nd May and the authorities did not want to risk a release on that day. Looks like the cricketer Vijay has overshadowed actor Vijay this time!
Kuruvi, the much awaited movie of Vijay and Trisha will hit the theatres on May 3rd. The reservations for Kuruvi will start from tomorrow. Dharani, who tasted success with Vijay in Ghilli, has directed this action flick too.
Kuruvi movie has the latest animation technology which will be animated by LSS Sathyan and his team. The team of the movie ‘Ghilli’, which consists of Director Dharani, ‘Illayathalapathi’ Vijay, Trisha, Cinematographer Gopinath, Art Director ManiRaj, Music Director Vidhya Sagar have teamed up for Kuruvi too. The movie is said to be released in 300 screens in Tamil Nadu and 55 screens worldwide!
There are no other big movies to be released, that can compete with Kuruvi. Kuruvi is expected to cashin on the summer holiday crowd.
Starring: ILAYATHALAPATHY Vijay, Trisha, Malavika, Suman, Vivek and others
Producer: Udayanidhi Stalin (Red Giant Movies)
[Tuesday, April 29, 2008]
Say cricket, and there are so many people to tell you how you could have driven a ball to the boundary for a four or smashed a six. The men folk get into the mood of the game as though they are facing the ball and the women are right behind their men to cheer the winning team.
Towards the end of last week Chennai witnessed the Kinght Riders of Kolkata and the Super Kings of Chennai fighting a battle at the Chepauk grounds in Chennai. The match ended with the Chennai Super Kings wining the day's game and the crowd going crazy for their stars.
It was the first loss for Kolkata and Chennai has retained its success saga in the IPL games so far. To cheer the cricketing stars were the stars of Kollywood in full force present in the stadium. The most prominent was 'Ilayathalapathy' Vijay who watched the match with his son Sanjay.
Vijay who is very composed and silent during most of his public appearances was seen in full flow during the match. With the victory of Super Kings the actor was captured on camera dancing with his son perched on his shoulders. The other film personalities who were present to cheer their home team were Sonia Agarwal and as well as Sandhya among others.
Monday, April 28, 2008
April 28, 2008
Ilaya Thalapathi really seems to be enjoying his new role as the brand ambassador of the Chennai Superkings. The team has been having a great run and there is no better reason to celebrate a victory. After the Superkings' victory over the Knight Riders on Saturday there was a special `click' moment that appeared in the next day's newspapers.
Vijay standing along with the team that was (as mentioned in the newspaper) `savoring the victory'. Now, for one who really doesn't know Vijay (not you or me, maybe someone in North India or the North East) might have easily though that this guy was a part of the team, a playing member. Dressed in the yellow jersey and standing between Jacob Oram, Dhoni and Mathew Hayden, Vijay looked every inch a Chennai Superking.
He is certainly playing his role of the team's brand ambassador to perfection and if the good days continue the Chennai Superkings will be the Kings of 20-20. All the best.
The film Vijay will be acting after 'Kuruvi' is titled as 'Singam'.
Udhayanidhi Stalin's 'Kurivi' was originally supposed to be produced by London Karunas’ Ayangaran International. At the request of Udhayanidhi to do a film for him, Vijay gave the call sheet to him that was given to London Karunas.
Now that 'Kuruvi' is complete and waiting for release, Vijay has given the call sheet to London Karunas. The film that will be directed by Prabhudeva is titled as 'Singam'.
As Nayantara lost out to Trisha in 'Pokkiri' and 'Kuruvi', Vijay has given her a chance to be his pair in this film.
The story of 'Singam' follows the commercial formula of Vijay. After this film, Vijay will do a film for M Balasubramaniam on behalf of A.V.M Studio and also a film for Udhayanidhi.
It may be recalled that a film with Vijay titled as 'Puli' to be directed by S.J Suryah was given up.
IndiaGlitz [Monday, April 28, 2008]
Vijay's ‘Kuruvi’, which is already making the right noise in Kollywood, is again in the news. For the movie is all set to hit screens on 3 May.
Director Dharani, Vijay, Trisha and music composer Vidyasagar, who came together to create a magic with ‘Ghilli’ are back again for ‘Kuruvi’, the production venture of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's grandson Udayanidhi Stalin.
The audio release of the film was held recently in Chennai.
Speaking about the movie, Dharani said,” ‘Kuruvi’ was an all-out action- adventure laced with romance and family sentiment”.
“I have written the script keeping Vijay's image in mind”. Meanwhile, news is that ‘Kuruvi’ has become the hottest film in the trade. The Kerala theatrical rights were sold for Rs 1.50 crore. The latest is that Karnataka rights have gone in for a record Rs 1.20 crore”.
To be released in over 250 screens, the movie is one of the much-expected films in Kollywood circles.
By Moviebuzz | Sunday, 27 April , 2008, 17:52
Finally the suspense is over, Kuruvi is releasing on Saturday May 3. It's official; the producers of the film have informed the distributors and theatres who were looking at a May 1 release.
The post production work at the lab is to be completed by Monday, after which they will be printing around 325 prints of the film. The overseas prints are likely to be dispatched by Tuesday.
Meanwhile there is an all India bandh on May 2, by an opposition party, so Kerala will be closed. To avoid all these Kuruvi release date has been fixed on Saturday, May 3.
Remember the Vijay- Trisha-Dharani blockbuster Ghilli too opened on a Saturday?
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Gurunath Meiyappan of IPL's Chennai Super Kings (CSK), is a very happy man. His team is leading the tables and has clearly emerged as the favourite to grab the DLF IPL –Twenty20, inaugural 2008 cup. The way CSK demolished the highly hyped Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan's Kolkatta Knight Riders (KKR), with three overs remaining was fantastic.
Full marks to Gurunath, and the rest of the people at India Cements CSK's, franchise to make it the hottest team in the tournament. Added to that, they could whip up terrific fan frenzy for the IPL in Chennai. Hats off, that in the heat of summer CSK could attract a full house (capacity- 42,000) crowd for the clash with the Kolkotta team on Saturday evening.
So far, CSK has clicked in a big way, and all credit should be given to India Cements. The only controversy was the unceremonious termination of Nayanthara as one of the brand ambassadors of CSK. Nayanthara had said that CSK had behaved in an "unprofessional manner". She also said that "it is unethical for a corporate house to make such a statement without having the basic courtesy to inform me about the decision."
After CSK's sensational win over KKR on Saturday night, Gurunath Meiyappan of CSK sitting on the Pavilion Terrace of M.A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai opened up and talked exclusively to Sify.com on the raging Nayanthara controversy.
The buzz in the local press is that you have signed Trisha to replace Nayanthara as CSK brand ambassador. Please comment
No way. It's pure rubbish. Let me make it clear that Mr. Vijay will be the sole brand ambassador for CSK . We are very ,very happy with him
So Vijay looks the perfect brand fit for Chennai Super Kings
You are absolutely right. Vijay is the complete professional, once he is committed to a project. The man has done more for CSK than he committed. He moved around as a part of the team, cancelled his shoot and came to the stadium to watch our players at the nets. Dhoni and Vijay get along very well. The star has promised to hold a sneak preview of his "Kuruvi" for Dhoni on May 1, a day before our match against Delhi Daredevils in Chennai. Vijay was there with his family for both the matches in Chennai, and may also come to Bangalore to cheer for us on Monday (April 28) when we play Royal Challengers.
CSK seems to be rocking?
Yes. In every aspect of acquiring the team, its performance, on field entertainment and the kind of ratings we managed to pull off. We have proved that CSK is a professionally run team. We are rocking!
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Tamil star Vijay (left) with Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni
And now it’s the turn of Tamil actor Vijay to join the bandwagon in front of his home crowd when Chennai Super Kings take on Mumbai Indians at the Chepauk today. Vijay is being touted as the next superstar of the Tamil film industry and enjoys tremendous fan following among the movie going crowd here.
“It will be really interesting to watch Kings play the Indians. The IPL has attracted a vast audience and I will be rooting for Dhoni and his men,” said the star ambassador of the Chennai outfit. He's already bowled over by the easy going nature of Indian ODI skipper MS Dhoni and is looking forward to memorable experience with him while the tournament is on. “Dhoni is a super star and a humble person. Meeting him was a great experience. I am eager to interact with him in the coming days also,” he added.
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Apr 25, 2008, 18:39
Nope, it isn’t the box office performance we intend here. While the ticket counters are enjoying a forced vacation of sorts, IPL matches are dictating terms with skyrocketing TRP rates on television. And brand ambassadors Vijay and Shahrukh Khan couldn’t ask for more with the teams they endorse reaping success after success.
While Vijay endorses the Chennai Super Kings, Shahrukh owns and endorses the Knight Riders (Kolkatta) team. Of the matches held so far, Shahrukh’s Knight Riders won the matches played against Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab. Chennai Super Kings brought home the matches against Deccan Chargers and Royal Challengers.
Malavika has taken a break from acting due to her pregnancy. Last Wednesday, she completed an item song with Vijay for Kuruvi. The song, 'Dandaana Darna', is a fast-paced song in which Malavika and Vijay dance to the tunes of Vidyasagar.
Malavika has decided to return to her home in Bangalore and take it easy till her baby is delivered. 'Dandaana Darna' has already started moving up the charts and is expected to be a huge hit. Though pregnant, Malavika has completed this song in which she had to undertake difficult movements, thus showing utter professionalism.
By Moviebuzz | Friday, 25 April , 2008, 09:11
Last Wednesday (April 23), a pregnant Malavika completed her item song with Vijay, for Kuruvi on a set erected at Chennai’s Prasad Studios. The actress will now go on “maternity leave” from Kollywood and will take rest in her Bangalore home.
Malavika danced to the tunes of Vidyasagar’s introduction song of Vijay in Kuruvi. The song Dandaana darna…, is a fast track intro song, an indispensable item in any Vijay film.
Already the song sung by Sangeet Althipur is on top of the charts, and if the film is a hit, it will become a major attraction on the dance floors. Hats off to Malu (as Vivek calls her), for completing the song which had difficult steps and she had to match Ilayathalapathy’s fast movements.
April 27th, 2008
Kuruvi is from the combo of the hit team of “Ghilli”— actors Vijay, Trisha and Prakash Raj, music director Vidyasagar and writer-director Dharani. This is Udayanidhi Stalin’s first film as producer. Meanwhile, news is that Kuruvi has become the hottest film in the trade. The Kerala theatrical rights were sold for Rs 1.50 Crore.
Ilayathalapathy Vijay's eagerly awaited Kuruvi was seen by the censors on Friday, and cleared with an "UA" certificate with minor cuts.
Kuruvi is now slated for release on May 1, worldwide. It will be the biggest ever release for a Vijay film with nearly 400 prints.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
The audio CDs of 'Ilayathalapathy' Vijay starrer Kuruvi is selling like hot cakes in Chennai and all over the state. Nearly 50 thousands CDs and cassettes were sold out on the opening day itself and the the sales is still hot in Richie Street, the place known for wholesale business for audio albums of all languages.
Vikram launched the audio album of the film on Wednesday at Little Flower Convent, a school for special Kids in Chennai. The entire cast - Vijay, Trisha, Ashish Vidyarti and Vivek along with Dharani, Vidyasagar and producer Udhayanidhi Stalin attended the function. Vikram and Vishal were special invitees of the event.
At the function both Vijay and Producer Udhayanidhi Stalin praised each other and talked about their friendship. Producer Udhayanidhi presented a cheque to Little Flower Convent on behalf of Kuruvi team.
Meanwhile, all areas of Kuruvi have been sold out at record prices and it will have a very big theatrical release on May 1, in approximately 300 screens in Tamil Nadu and 55 screens in Kerala.
23 Apr 2008, 0000 hrs IST,Sreedhar Pillai,TNN
Ilayathalapathy Vijay is all excited as he dons a new role as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) brand ambassador.
Speaking exclusively to Chennai Times on the sets of his forthcoming Kuruvi, at Prasad Studios, where he is doing some patchwork for the film, the actor says: “The two big Cs in my life from the time I can remember is cinema and cricket and I grew up watching them in theatres and on television.
I was passionate about the game, especially ODIs, so I’m more than happy to endorse Twenty20 and CSK.” No surprises when Vijay bats for MS Dhoni, captain, Chennai Super Kings. “My son loves watching cricket on television, he is a fan of MS Dhoni and is waiting to meet him and have himself photographed with him.” Vijay not just loves cricket but has played college level cricket as well!
Prod him further on Dhoni, and the superstar says he is fascinated by Dhoni’s captaincy, which he feels got India the Cup in the recent Australian tour. “Dhoni is an inspirational leader and has been fantastic as captain. I will be there at MA Chidambaram Stadium to cheer for him and the team,” he adds.
The actor’s presence at the stadium will guarantee a full house. He’s known to pull in the punters. The first time Vijay met Dhoni was at the official launch of CSK — a glitzy affair at the Chennai Trade Centre auditorium. “We will win it for Chennai was CSK captain Dhoni’s first comment to me when we met there. He told me that he has heard of me and said that he loves the way I dance in my films. He was very frank and came across as a down-to- earth sort of guy.”
A little bird informs us that Team Super Kings is expected to catch a sneak preview of Vijay’s upcoming release Kuruvi. Never mind Dhoni’s self-confessed love for Bollywood. We’d love to see the Ranchi trailblazer match steps with the superhero. In fact, rumour has it that the cricketer even asked the actor how he managed to do the difficult steps in the ATM title song!
Team CSK managers have taken the popular line — Unnal Mudiyum Thozha —from the song and made it their war cry! Vijay is gung-ho about the current form of CSK. “Obviously our strength is our awesome batting line-up. The way they performed against Kings XI Punjab, and thrashed Lee, Sreesanth and Pathan all round the turf was amazing. The finest left handers in the world — Hayden, Hussey and Fleming — bat for us and I think Murali is the best spinner at the moment. Dhoni’s shrewd captaincy along with youngsters from Tamil Nadu can get us the Cup,” says an excited Vijay.
The actor is all padded up to sit in the special enclosure, cheering every ball that the home team hits. “The T20 is here to stay, and it is as racy, entertaining and enjoyable as the movies I do,” he chuckles.
When quizzed on whether IPL could possibly gnaw at the summer box-office collections, Vijay quips, “T20 will not affect box-office collections. A well-made commercial film will rake in the moolah anyway. Do you think I’d have supported IPL had it threatened cinema? Kuruvi is slated for release on May 1, bang in the middle of the IPL season. I’m confident that this roller-coaster entertainer is well made and will draw in the crowds.”
|The glitz and glamour apart, the cricket must draw crowds|
ROOTING FOR CHENNAI: Chennai Super Kings brand ambassador actor Vijay at a news conference in the M.A.Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday. The host will play Mumbai Indians in its first IPL match at home on Wednesday.
Chennai: A city that has savoured cricket’s uniqueness in an erstwhile era will witness the game’s condensed future on Wednesday.
The Indian Premier League Twenty20 series has set foot in many Indian cities, but its biggest challenge lies in convincing cricket’s keenest observers of its purpose. The big question now: Will entertainment for its own sake appeal to Chennai’s cricket lovers?
The agenda for Wednesday is clear. Much before loyalties are sorted out for Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians, the paying public will be forewarned of the IPL’s essence, with performances by Sivamani and Hariharan, and the presence of brand ambassadors Vijay and Nayanthara.
The idea of entertainment can ill afford to lose itself in the cricket. Entertainment in its different forms has been well-received in the city, but its impact when combined with sport will be put to test through the course of the seven matches here. Independent of the glitz and the glamour, the cricket has to draw crowds.
Former cricketer V.B. Chandrasekhar, Director, Cricketing Activities, of Chennai Super Kings, was quite confident of Chennai’s appetite for entertaining cricket.
He said: “They will definitely like what they’re going to be seeing. The cable system here has prevented many people from watching the matches on TV, but we’re expecting them at the Ground. The people of Chennai have always enjoyed entertaining cricket.
I remember the time when Krish Srikkanth and I used to bat here. People would throng to watch him and disappear once he got out. There’s always an audience here for entertaining cricket.”
Popular actor Vijay, who addressed a press conference here on Tuesday, was equally excited. “I am looking forward to the matches, since I belong to a family of cricket lovers. I’m sure my fans will come to watch,” said the brand ambassador.
M.S. Dhoni, substituting for the lack of a home-grown icon player, will need all his resources as captain to cultivate loyalty.
No cricketer from the city has matched Srikkanth’s international stature since his retirement.
For Chennai to support and identify itself with a hybrid team that is meant to be its but with no local star, nothing short of cricketing excellence will do.
MUTUAL ADMIRATION: Dhoni and Vijay are full of praise for each other.
Chennai: The Chennai Superkings take on Mumbai Indians on Wednesday and among those who'll be watching it keenly is IPL Chennai's brand ambassador, actor Vijay.
It also looks as though the Superkings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Vijay have found a fan in each other.
"Definitely all my fans will come – they are all cricket lovers too so they'll definitely come and cheer the team. Besides my support, the team will also have my fans' support," Vijay enthused.
For his part, Dhoni is full of praise for his team’s brand ambassador.
"He's a great guy,” said Dhoni. “I've met him just once during the launch function. It'll be interesting to know him better and of course the film industry here too – that'll be a relaxing time.”
Vijay returns the compliment twofold.
"Dhoni's a superstar, I don't know about myself," he quipped.
"Before I met him, I was feeling like, ‘I was gonna meet a big cricket captain, but he was so down-to-earth. He said, ‘Hey I know you, I've seen you on TV’, and he made me feel so very comfortable."
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As for films, looks like they will have to wait because there's something else on top of Vijay's mind.
"I saw the Mohali match. We've taken 250 runs which no other team's got so far – ours is a strong team that can win under any circumstances – my mind's totally in tomorrow's match," he said.
With the actor there to cheer his team, Wednesday's match should be a double delight for all Vijay fans.
[Wednesday, April 23, 2008]
The M A Chidambaram Stadium had a surprise visitor on Tuesday. 'Ilaya Thalapathy' Vijay, the brand ambassador for Chennai Super Kings Team, made it to the stadium to cheer the local team.
After exchanging plesantries with Dhoni, Vijay addressed the media. Speaking on the occasion, he said, 'Dhoni is a super human being. I admire his cricketing skills. I was moved when he said that he had seen my films and songs on television.'
Vijay assured that he would be on the stadium on 23, 26 April and 2 May to watch the proceedings live and express his support for Chennai Super Kings. 'My participation in the rest of the matches is based on my movie commitments'. Nayantara, the other star ambassador is expected to join Vijay at M A Chidambaram Stadium on 23 April.
Meanwhile, the IPL matches in Chennai will witness special music concerts by renowned singers and musicians besides cheer girls dancing all the way. A host of VIPs including Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and who's who of Tamil film industry are expected to watch the match on Wednesday.
Shankar Mahadevan, Anuradha Sreeram, Karthik among others are expected to perform before the IPL matches at Chepauk.
Dhoni, captain of the Chennai Super Kings and Vijay, its Star Ambassador, met the Media separately, here today and said they admired each other’s status.
Dhoni said of Vijay: “He is a real crowd-puller and a super star. It was a privilege meeting him.”
On his part, Vijay confessed to being overawed by Dhoni’s personality and in every sense he was the real super star.
“What can I say about Dhoni? When we first met during the launch last month, I was pleasantly surprised when he told me that he liked the way I danced and also had seen my song sequences on the television. I am a great admirer of Dhoni and him being the captain of our country’s team, the privilege was all mine to have met him,” Vijay gushed.
When asked about his interest in cricket, Vijay said: “I have always been a huge fan of cricket. Of course, like any other kid, I also played cricket. All my family members are cricket fans. So, it’s quite natural for me to be associated with the sport even if as a Star Ambassador. But for me, there is only one Super Star here, and that is Dhoni.”
Vijay said he would try to be present for all of Super Kings’ home matches at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. “I will have to rework my shooting schedule, but I will definitely try to attend all our matches here and cheer for my team,” he reiterated.
In a lighter vein, Vijay, replying to a query, said he would definitely take up a project with cricket as a theme. On persistent questioning whether he would have Dhoni in the film, Vijay simply laughed.
April 23, 2008
Loud cheers for Michael Hussey in Chennai, but who is this new Gilli?
Gilli, but not Adam: As you walk down from the Madras Cricket Club gate to the media entrance, there are dozens of posters on lamp posts and walls. All of them feature a young man in various smiling poses.
This is Vijay, matinee idol for a new Tamil generation. His biggest hit was called Gilli and we're reliably informed that it has nothing to do with the greatest wicketkeeper-batsman of all time.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
April 23, 2008
Chennai team star ambassador Vijay is no stranger to press conferences. But for journalists from outside Tamil Nadu, it was surprising to see the humility with which the Tamil actor spoke to the media. He even stood up to answer the questions but was told by the journalists to sit down.
He did not, however, answer when asked if he would ever want Dhoni to play any of the roles in his movie. But he said that he has met Dhoni once and the cricketer apparently told him that he had seen the actor a couple of times on TV.
Dhoni on his part said that Vijay was humble and hoped to catch up with other Tamil actors and stars later on during the IPL. In the end Vijay was asked if he was big enough to pull in the crowd he said, “Well, I don’t know, but we have Dhoni who is also a superstar.”
For those alien to the Tamil film world, Vijay is arguably the biggest star here after Rajnikanth and Kamal Hassan.
It is a healthy practice for cricket stars to enjoy films and film stars to woo cricket players. In that respect, Indian captain Dhoni and actor Vijay exchanged appreciations for each other.
Vijay is a brand ambassador for the Chennai Superkings team in the 20-20 tournament. Tonight Chennai Superkings will play a match at the Chepauk grounds. Meeting the media on this occasion, Vijay spoke about Dhoni's appreciation. “His game has taken gigantic proportions in global cricket. I was curiously excited when I had the opportunity to meet him. Those are unforgettable moments.
When he met me, he listed my films that he enjoyed. He also sang from memory the lyrics of the dance number I had done. Being a player with a star status, Dhoni was simple and affectionate without putting on airs. I am very happy for the healthy friendship between us," said Vijay in total appreciation of Dhoni.
Dhoni was also present at this meet.
When Nayanthara was unceremoniously dropped from Kuruvi, after being signed for the film to be replaced by Trisha, she felt peeved. At that time Vijay had assured her that she will play heroine in his next film.
Vijay a man of few words kept his promise and has now cast her as his heroine in his next film to be directed by Prabhu Deva. The film rumoured to be titled Singam (though both Vijay and Prabhu Deva denies it) is all set to roll in mid June.
Nayanthara is relieved that atlast that she is going to do a film with Ilayathalapathy, with whom she had appeared in special song sequence Kodambakkam Area… in Sivakasi earlier.
The untitled film is being made like a racy entertainer with all essential ingredients one would associate with a Vijay film. The film is being produced by Ayngaran International. Vijay-Nayan combo has already become hot after they became the brand ambassadors for IPL Chennai Super Kings.
The audio release of the film "Kuruvi" was held at the Little Flower Convent. Music for the film has been composed by Vidyasagar. Vijay and Trisha play the lead pair and the film is directed by Dharani. The audio of the film was released by Vikram and was received by Vishal.
Said Vikram, "For me the best song in the album is `Thaen Thaen Thaen' written by Ugabharathi and sung by Udit Narayan and Shreya Ghoshal. The other one is `Palanathu Palanathu'. Added Vishal, "Vijay and Trisha share a good chemistry in the film."
Said Vidyasagar, " Dharani and I have done five films together but this one is different. "Kuruvi" is a laugh riot with action and sentiment in equal measure."
Ashish Vidyarthi said that "Kuruvi" was his third film. Producer Udayanidhi Stalin said after watching "Ghilli" he wanted to make a film. "I saw "Ghilli" and decided to do a film with Vijay."
In his speech, actor Vijay said he was confident that the movie would be a hit. "Udayanidhi came to me as producer but now he has become a good friend." Dharani and Udayanidhi presented a cheque to the Sathya Jothi rehabilitation unit of the Little Flower Convent. The programme was compared by actor Citi Babu.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
April 21st, 2008
What’s cooking so hot in Kollywood? If you ever had this question in your minds, then the title has an answer for it. With none of the releases making it big in both songs as well in box-office, here comes the other series of flicks that are yet to hit the screens by the next month.
Well, it’s Vidhyasagar and Harris Jayaraj who the heroes are now making their best scores among the listeners. Both the albums are good and reveals of their respective touches. But, the audio that has been rocking not just in IT companies and BPOS, but among the tea shops and auto rickshaws is none other than Kuruvi.
The feet tapping Kuthu songs will have a clear picture of how it would look when Ilayathalapthy shakes his legs on the screen.
Is it exciting? Sure, for I am too. All that we have to do now is keep ourselves enjoying with the songs and get prepared to whistle through the songs in theatres once it releases.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Prabhu Deva and Vijay are reuniting after Pokkiri for a megabudget entertainer titled Singam, to be produced by Ayngaran International Works for the movie is under way, with Vijay and Prabhu Deva striking poses together for a photo session in AVM Studios on Sunday.
The heroine is yet to be finalized. Prabhu Deva has finished polishing the story and script. Shooting will start once the Hindi version of Pokkiri starring Salman Khan is completed.
'Singam' gets underway
IndiaGlitz [Monday, April 21, 2008]
After 'Pokirri', Prabhudeva and Vijay formally come together for another movie titled 'Singam'. Produced by Ayangaran International, the movie will be a racy entertainer made in a mammoth budget.
The photo session for 'Singam' was held in Chennai at the AVM Studios on Sunday in which Vijay and Prabhudeva took part.
Having completed the story and the script, Prabhudeva is now on the look out for heroines. He will commence 'Singam' once he completes the Hindi version of 'Pokirri' starring Salman Khan.
This movie has kindled a lot of interest, primarily because this is Dharani's follow-up directorial venture with Vijay and Trisha after the smart, action packed super hit Ghilli. This `Action-Adventure' also promises to be a scorcher, judging by the theme song and the unusually fast paced, rhythm oriented songs composed by the usually melody-conscious Vidyasagar!
(The name 'kuruvi' is a slang term used generally for persons who run contraband goods from country to country. Here,Vijay, the( unsuspecting ) hero ,who works for a courier company, gets trapped into performing the role of a kuruvi as a result of which he gets caught, and his jailed. How he extricates himself from all the charges thrown against him forms the major part of the story).
Six songs have been tuned by Vidyasagar.
Happy New Year
Lyrics: N.Muthukumar, Vocals: Sunidhi Chauhan,Yogi B, Dr.Burn
Seems to be a celebration of New Year. A peppy fusion of rap and regular foot-tapping music. Sunidhi leaves you breathless with her vocal power. Yogi.B's stylish rapping is fun to listen to! Apart from the Tamil phrases, we hear some others too which we don't quite comprehend. Is it Malay? No clue! The refrain 'Taanaane Tannanaane' makes you want to shake your hips too!
Lyrics: Kabilan, Vocals: Sangith Altipur.
The singer has a vibrant voice. The song is very fast paced. You can almost visualize Vijay doing all the complicated steps this song demands! The lyrics reflect the very sentiments that Vijay easily identifies himself with---bonding with the masses! The slightly unsophisticated down-to-earth person that he wants to project himself as comes through here. The message' I'm good as long as you don't mess with me' (which probably is central to this story) is brought out in this song.
Thaen thaen thaen
Lyrics: Yugabarathi, Vocals: Udit Narayan, Shreya Ghosal.
A melodious duet evidently picturised with Vijay and Trisha. Possibly filmed in New Zealand. The soft romantic sentiments running through the song have been sensitively tuned to dreamy beats. Some respite for the ears now! Udit sings with his usual joie-de-vivre (in his accented Tamil, of course). Shreya deserves a very big pat for her pukka pronunciation. She is a joy to listen to. The instrumental interludes tease and cajole and some vague notes akin to Scottish pipes are very pleasing.
Lyrics: P.Vijay, Vocals: Vidyasagar, S.Rajalakshmi
A song that cannot be definitely categorized! Some strains of Sufi music, some Arabic notes, some Bhangra stuff have all been blended in. The female voice packs quite a punch. Insipid verses from P. Vijay- which is surprising. The instruments drown out the words.
Lyrics: N.Muthukumar, Vocals: Pravin Mani, Dr.Burn, Ranina, Suvi
Probably forms the backdrop to the 'escapades and chases' that are a part of this movie. Features varied rhythms and some complex music. Use of electric guitar adds to the sense of speed and thrill.
Lyrics: P.Vijay, Vocals: K.K. , Anuradha Sriram
Funny words that grab your attention at the start. What is 'Mozha, mozha' supposed to convey? A slow start that breaks out into a speedy rendition. Anuradha brings her own brand of 'rocking sexiness' to the song. Words that suggest a lot of swirling movement are strewn throughout the lyric. Gay abandon is what the song conveys. But quite noisy, too. 'Smoke on the Water' by Deep Purple seems to cross your mind!
Vidyasagar seems to have reinvented himself as a fairly noisy composer here! The metallic twang that accompanies the songs is not too pleasant. Maybe the plot calls for such treatment, but you come away wondering whether Vidyasagar heartily relished doing this. The idea seems to have been to give whatever was expected out of the Ghilli team.
For the masses, by the masses.
Kuruvi, directed by Dharani and produced by Udhayanidhi Stalin, has raised a lot of expectations. The hit team of Ghilli, comprising Vijay, Trisha, Dharani and Vidyasagar, is coming together for the romantic action movie. Recently, the audio release of Kuruvi took place in a grand fashion in Chennai. Now, Vidyasagar's rocking numbers have added to the fans' jubilation.'Happy New Year', the first song in the album, bursts with joy and gusto. Sung by Sunidhi Chauhan, Yogi and Dr. Burn, the song has a colourful mood and an infectious energy level. Towards the second part, the tempo picks up and it truly becomes a musical carnival!
The Kuruvi theme track is an interesting blend of different styles of music. One can recognize a bit of folk style here and a hint of western touch there in its tunes. Dr. Burn, Praveen Mani and Ranina render it.
'Mozhamozhannu' begins with Kay Kay and Anuradha Sriram's voices. It is a typical folk song with a traditional folksy touch. Replete with heavy beats and novel lingo, the song is punchy and in Vijay's signature style. Anuradha's voice modulates with an appropriate accent and tempo. Kay Kay's vocal support is a value addition to the song.
Rajalakshmi and Vidyasagar just rejoice while singing 'Palanadhu Palaanadhu'. Based on a pacey tune, its lyrics praise the hero and make every one dance.
'Thaen Thaen Thaen' is in Udit Narayan and Shreya Goshal's honey-sweet voices. A lovely duet, the song is based on a subtle and soothing tune and has very melodious background music.
'Dandaana Darna' is a dapankoothu sung by Sangeet Haldipur. The song's lyrics are a lure and certainly warrant praise. Cheery and motivational, the song celebrates the country's natural wealth and resources.
The Kuruvi album is a collection of peppy dance numbers and caters to listeners' favourite tastes. What more can a Vijay fan ask for?
Saturday, April 19, 2008
IndiaGlitz [Saturday, April 19, 2008]
Dharani, Vijay and Vidyasagar share an excellent rapport between them. It was evident in 'Gilli', which had a catchy music and went on to become a blockbuster.
Now the trio comes together again for `Kuruvi'. Obviously expectations are high on the movie. The audio of the movie promises to live up to all the hype and hoopla.
The album has six tracks including theme music. Vidyasagar has managed to come up with songs, which are bundle of energy and foot-tapping. The likes of Yogi, Dr Burn, Anuradha Sreeram, Sangeeth Haldipur and Vidyasagar himself have lent their voice.
Produced by Udhayanidhi Stalin, `Kuruvi' has songs which are foot-tapping and energetic.
Happy New Year ( Sunidhi Chauhan, Yogi, Dr Burn)
Music composer Vidyasagar makes a heady start. A perfect opening in the album, it sets the right mood for the listeners. Acclaimed rap singers Yogi and Dr Burn render the song in the company of Sunidhi Chauhan.
Penned by Na Muthukumar, it has a pacy music with addition rhythm. The rap interludes in between are very catchy.
Dandana Dara (Sangeeth Haldipur)
A perfect 'kuthu' song. Oozing with energy all through, the song has everything a front-bencher would jump and shake his legs in theatres. With Vijay on screen, such high-pitched song is sure to woo audience.
Sangeeth Haldipur is a perfect foil to render the song. A lyric by Kabilan, which glorifies the hero, is adequate.
Thaen Thaen (Udit Narayan, Shreya Ghosal)
It is a soft romantic number. Udit's open-throated voice in the company of Shreya Ghosal's mesmerizing way of rendering of the duet sticks to our hearts immediately.
This song sticks to a pattern. It flows free and smooth from the beginning. The soft beats and good use of guitar in the interludes are good. Yugabharathy's lyrics are noteworthy.
Paalaanadhu Paalaanadhu (Vidyasagar, Rajalakshmi)
Vidyasagar has tried to marry East and the West. The song begins with typical Chennai percussion instruments. However it shifts gears to take a western beat with Vidyasagar and Rajalakshmi, going all guns to render a song which is sure to find a place in all dance floors. In between the Punjabi Bhangra music is used well by Vidyasagar. Pa Vijay has penned the song.
Mozha Mozhanu (KK , Anuradha Sreeram)
It is customary for every Vijay film to have a peppy song which will be laced with fast beats and racy tune. Mozha Mozhannu is one such number which Anuradha Sreeram and KK rendering the number with amazing energy.
Pa Vijay's youthful lyric gets subdued in the heavy music of Vidyasagar. But the use of additional percussion instruments and racy rhythms are the major highlights of the song.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Politicians debuting in Tamil cinema is not a new thing. In the past M Karunanidhi, MGR, Jayalalitha, Vijayakanth and Sarath Kumar have all entered filmdom in a big way.
Dharani has made two hugely successful films, Dhil and Dhool with his classmate Vikram as the hero. Both studied Bachelor of English at Loyola.
Like the audio launches of his earlier films, Dharani also released Kuruvi's album at the Little Flower Convent, a school for the speech and hearing impaired.
Vikram also turned up for the event as also the young action hero Vishal.
Dharani has a penchant for small titles -- Dhool, Dhil and Gilli. Kuruvi follows the same pattern. The film's tag line is 'Where eagles dare. So go figure'.
Music director Vidyasagar who made the smash hit Appadi Podu from Gilli has also done the music for Kuruvi.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
'Kuruvi' audio release took a different and simple turn in that the songs were introduced by the press people and a donation was given to the school for the deaf and dumb.
Minister MK Stalin's son Udhayanidhi produces the film 'Kuruvi.' The film that unites Dharani and Vijay for the second time for which Vidyasagar has composed music.
The audio release function was held yesterday at the Little Flower School for the Deaf and Dumb. "I have always held the audio release functions only here. Because I know how I suffered when I had my leg problem. I thought I should make these children happy." Saying this, Dharani made a donation on behalf of the producer to the school authorities.
The five songs featuring in the film were introduced by the media persons as Dharani's close friend Vikram, Vishal, heroine of the film Trisha, Vivek, Ashish Vidhyarthi and London Karuna attended the function. Vikram then released the audio cassette that was received by Vishal.
Three out of all songs in a Vidyasagar composed film would always be melodies. But in 'Kuruvi', except for one song, all other numbers are of fast track. Vidyasagar, has for the first time sang a song in this film.
As he was in a hurry to leave, Vikram spoke first. He said, "There is no doubt that Vijay-Dharani combination has always been a super hit. The chemistry between Vijay and Trisha is also good. I listened to the songs and I liked all of them. My best wishes for the success of the film." Having said that, Vikram took leave.
Vishal said, "In all the parties I take part, I always dance to the songs of Vijay. For another four years, I will be dancing to the tunes of 'Kuruvi' songs".
The last to speak, Vijay said, "The four of us - director Dharani, I, Trisha and Vidyasagar worked in 'Gilli.' I am hopeful that this film would be a success like that film. When I am acting in a film, my inner conscience will tell me that a film will be a success. For this film too, I feel like that. 'Kuruvi' will be twice a success like that of 'Gilli'.
Producer Udhayanidhi spoke first and Dharani gave a vote of thanks.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
April 16, 2008
Kuruvi’s audio launch was held today at the Little Flower Convent in Chennai sans the usual fanfare despite the buzz surrounding the movie. The low key affair, held in the school for hearing and speech impaired, witnessed minimal star participation.
As a novel attempt, the audio was released to senior journalists from renowned dailies like Daily Thanthi and The Hindu. Gangadaran from Daily Thanthi and S.R. Ashokkumar from The Hindu released the album to the students of the academy. Representatives from other media houses like Sun TV also participated in the event. Vijay and Sangeetha, Vikram, Vishal, Trisha, producer Udhayanithi and his wife, and director Dharani are the other celebrities spotted at the event.
Addressing the gathering, director Dharani revealed that he has reason to hold the event in a school for physically challenged. “Once, I met with an accident and was immobile for a few months. That was when I realized how tough it was to lead the life of a physically challenged person,” he reminisced.
Dharani also declared that Kuruvi has every aspect to woo the audience. Kuruvi is scored by Vidyasagar and is slated for a May release.
[Wednesday, April 16, 2008]
The glittering stars of Kollywood gathered at the Little Flower Convent in Chennai for the audio launch of ‘Kuruvi’ on Wednesday.
Directed by Dharani and produced by Udhayanidhi Stalin, grandson of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, the movie has musical score by Vidyasagar. Vijay, Trisha, Dharani and Vidyasagar, who formed part of the blockbuster ‘Gilli’ before, exuded confidence that ‘Kuruvi’ too will become a big hit.
Speaking at the audio launch, Udhayanidhi Stalin said, 'I decided to turn a producer after seeing ‘Gilli’. I approached Vijay and he agreed to be part of my maiden production venture'. Heaping laurels on Udhayanidhi, Vijay said, 'He is a commendable producer, who has a penchant for quality entertainers. He knows the nuances of film-making'.
Vikram said, 'Vijay and Dharani share an excellent rapport. ‘Kuruvi’ will be another feather in their cap.' On his part said, Vishal said, 'The songs are catchy and enthusiastic. Vidyasgar's tunes are always catchy'.
Actors Vivek, Ashish Vidyarthi, producer London Karunas, actress Trisha among others were present on the occasion.
Peppy, loud and full of energy, it is the right mix for Vijay fans if you leave aside senseless comparisions with things of past. Anyone who listens to the album in a low mood is sure to get an high spirit, to say the least. It is definitely a break away from the usual class-melody routine that Vidhyasagar has been through for the past couple of years.
Now over to the songs....
Happy New Year
Singers: Sunidhi Chauhan, Yogi B, Dr.Burn
Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar
The album starts with a loud bang with this number which I call in my terms as "Techno Kuthu". Sunidhi singing Tamil folk is something new and she is brilliant as ever. The Tamil Rap by Yogi B and Dr.Burn is equally enjoyable. The heavy percussions provide the perfect accompaniment for the song.
Singers: Sangeeth Haldipur
This is the third time in a row we get to hear Vijay's intro song in a different voice than the usual Shankar Mahadevan/Tippu. Use of new voice renders a fresh feel to the song and Vidhyasagar has rightly taken a note of this aspect. Sangeeth Haldipur, the famous Marathi music composer/singer and part of Channel [V] Pop stars 2, does the honours this time. For a first time non-Tamilian singer, he has managed to do a good job and delivered what is required of him - right feel, energy and heavy throated singing. What Pokkiri Pongal is for Pokkiri, Dandaana Darna is for Kurvi.
Thaen Thaen Thaen
Singers: Udit Narayanan, Shreya Ghosal
Vidhyasagar's melodies always have a unique feel to it and he is at his usual best here too. The hindustani tune with Arabian style of orchestration gives the song a lilting touch. Shreya Ghosal yet again proves that nothing is sweeter than her voice, while Udit Narayanan too does a good job if you can forgive his awkward diction at a few places. This is one song that has the right elements to attract anyone after first few listenings. A slow poison.
Lyrics: Pa. Vijay
Singers: Vidhyasagar, S. Rajalakshmi
If you loved Thottu Thottu Pesum Sulthana(Edhirum Pudhirum) or Ithunoondu Muthathile(Dhool) of Dharani-Vidhyasagar combo, you will surely love this too. Composed in Bhangra style with lots of techno beats mixed with the Punjabi Dhol, this song will leave you dancing for the exitement it provides is magical. Thankfully, Vidhyasagar has chosen the right song for him to sing and Rajalakshmi of "Kokku Para Para" fame does a good job too.
Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar
Singers: Praveen Mani, Dr Burn, Ranina and Suvi
With varying paces, possibly to be used at various situations in the film, this a rocking music bit filled with lots of mass lyrics, that will leave Vijay fans mesmerised. You may get a feel of Kabadi Kabadi of Ghilli westernised, but this song has more than that to offer. The heavy guitar fused with traditional folk percussions does what it is intended to do - rushing up the adrenaline.
Lyrics: Pa. Vijay
Singers: K.K, Anuradha Sriram
The least best is saved for the last. This is a song whose success is heavily dependent on the picturisation because the music has nothing great to talk about. Vidhyasagar-KK-Anuradha combo of the unforgettable Appadi Podu has done a mediocre job here. The disappointment leaves you searching for Srikanth Deva or Dheena as Guest composers in the credits. Completely folk in all aspects, this is clearly targetted for front benchers. Nothing without a reason, visuals will speak on that.
Pluses: Fresh voices, simple and neat presentation
Minuses: Lyrics are mediocre, songs are targeted only at the youth
Overall Rating: 8/10
Monday, April 14, 2008
[Monday, April 14, 2008]
Vijay is eagerly awaiting the release of his next `Kuruvi'. The movie produced by Udhayanidhi Stalin and directed by Dharani, will be a summer special.
Vijay and Trisha have been to New Zealand to shake their legs for a song composed by Vidyasagar.
After completing `Kuruvi', Vijay will once again join hands with Prabhudeva. The duo teamed up to render a hit in `Pokirri'.
Their forthcoming venture tentatively titled `Singam' will go to floors once Prabhudeva completes the Hindi version of `Pokirri'.
Prabhudeva says, 'Quite like `Pokkiri', `Singam' will be a racy entertainer. When I narrated the storyline to Vijay, he immediately expressed his consent to act in it".
April 14, 2008
Director Dharani’s Kuruvi with Vijay and Trisha is nearing completion and all eyes are on Ilaya Thalapathi as to what his next project would be. Well, the announcement was made some days ago that he has signed on the dotted lines to star in a venture that would be directed by Prabhu Deva. Nayanthara has bagged the female lead role in this film.
With the Vijay - Prabhu Deva duo’s earlier venture Pokkiri having been declared a hit, Singam is also expected to raise the bar among fans.
After the wondrous success of Ajith’s Billa, Vijay fans have invested all their hope in his upcoming Kuruvi which is being made by the same crew that gave Vijay’s other super hit Gilli! But news about Singam, Prabhu Deva’s next flick with Vijay has hit the grapevine and is spreading like wild fire. Looks like Vijay has a back-up, just in case!
But there’s one more angle to this. If Prabhu Deva is directing Vijay’s next film and Raju Sundaram is directing Ajith’s next, the competition has changed dimension altogether! It is Thalai Vs Ilayathalpathy and also Big Brother Vs Younger Brother!
But we must remember that most often all the competition is only amidst the fans. Most stars are way above it all!
Check out: Galatta.com
[Monday, April 14, 2008]
The much-awaited audio of Vijay's ‘Kuruvi’ will hit the stands on 16 April.
Expectations are high on the album, since Vidyasagar, Dharani and Vijay come together after tasting success in ‘Ghilli’.
To be released by ANAK audios in India and Ayngaran International abroad, ‘Kuruvi’ has five songs.
Remember the pop singer Yogi B, who swayed the hearts of music-lovers rendering a popular remix in Dhanush starrer ‘Polladhavan’. He is back to sing a number in ‘Kuruvi’.
Produced by Udhayanidhi Stalin, the movie features Trisha in female lead.
Kuruvi on April 16!
By Behindwoods News Bureau.
April 14, 2008
Looks like the Kuruvi team has gone back on the decision about the movie’s audio release. Earlier, it was decided to release the movie straight to the audio selling outlets. However, it is now learnt that a formal audio launch has been decided to be held by the producers on the 16th of April at the Little Flower Convent premises, Mount Road, Chennai.
The event is expected to be attended by the who’s who of the industry and if credible sources are to be believed, Local Administration Minister M.K. Stalin will preside over the audio release. It is to be noted that Kuruvi is the debut production venture of Udayanidhi Stalin.
Directed by Dharani, the action/adventure will have Trisha playing Vijay’s lead lady. Vidyasagar scores for the movie that hits the screens in May 2008
உள்ளாட்சித் துறை அமைச்சர் மு.க.ஸ்டாலினின் மகன் உதயநிதியின் முதல் தயாரிப்புதான் குருவி. தரணி இயக்குகிறார். கில்லி, திருப்பாச்சிக்குப் பிறகு ஜோடி சேர்ந்துள்ளனர் விஜய்யும், திரிஷாவும்.
படப்பிடிப்பு தற்போது முடிந்து பிரசாத் ஸ்டுடியோவில் இறுதி வடிவம் பெற்றுக் கொண்டிருக்கிறது. படத்தின் ஆடியோ வெளியீட்டை ஏப்ரல் 16ம் தேதி வைத்துள்ளனர். அன்று முதல் உலகம் முழுவதும் குருவியின் பாட்டைக் கேட்கலாமாம். படத்ைத மே 9ம் தேதி திரையிடத் திட்டமிட்டுள்ளனர்.
வித்யாசாகரின் இசையில், மொத்தம் 5 பாடல்களாம். அதில் ஒன்று மட்டும் மெலடி, மற்ற நான்கும் மிரட்டல் அடி. ஏ.என்.ஏ.கே. ஆடியோஸ் இந்தியா முழுவதும் ஆடியோவை வெளியிடும் உரிமையைப் பெற்றுள்ளது. உலகின் பிற பகுதிகளில் அய்ங்கரன் இன்டர்நேஷனல் நிறுவனம் வெளியிடுகிறது.
படத்தில் விஜய்யும், பொல்லாதவன் புகழ் யோகி.பியும் இணைந்து போட்டிருக்கும் மிரட்டல் ஆட்டம் வெகுவாக பார்க்கப்படும், ரசிக்கப்படும், கேட்கப்படும் என்கிறார்கள்.
விஜய், வித்யாசாகர் காம்பினேஷனில் வெளியான பாடல்கள் அனைத்துமே ஹிட் என்பதால், படத்தின் ஆடியோவுக்கான ஆர்டர்கள் குவிய ஆரம்பித்துள்ளதாம்.
தமிழகத்தில் மட்டும் 350 தியேட்டர்களில் படத்தைத் திரையிட உதயநிதி திட்டமிட்டு ஏற்பாடுகளைச் செய்து வருகிறாராம்.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
முன்பு எம்.ஜி.ஆரை அப்படி ரசித்தார்கள். பிறகு ரஜினி. இப்போது அந்த இடத்தைப் பிடித்திருப்பவர் இளைய தளபதியாக வலம் வரும் விஜய்!
சமீபத்தில் தெற்கு ஆஸ்ட்ரேலியப் பிரதமர் மைக் ரான் மூன்று நாள் அரசுமுறைப் பயணமாக இந்தியா வந்தார். அப்போது சென்னையில் நடந்த தென்னிந்தியத் தொழில் வர்த்தகச் சபைக் கூட்டத்தில் கலந்துகொண்டு பேசினார்.
இருநாடுகளுக்கு இடையே தொழில், வர்த்தக உறவுகள் செழிக்க வேண்டும் என்றால் பண்பாட்டுப் பரிமாற்றம் இருக்க வேண்டும் என்றவர், சென்னையை வெகுவாகப் புகழ்ந்தார். குறிப்பாக நடிகர் விஜய்யை.
தமிழ்த் திரைப்படங்கள் உலகத் தரத்துடன் வெளிவருவதாகக் கூறிய அவர், தானொரு விஜய் ரசிகர் என்றார் உற்சாகமாக. அவருடைய படங்களைப் பார்க்கும்போது, அவருடன் சேர்ந்து நடிக்க வேண்டும் என்று ஆசை தோன்றுவதாகக் கூறி உணர்ச்சிவசப்பட்டார் மைக் ரான்.
அவரின் பேச்சைக் கேட்ட தென்னிந்தியத் தொழில் வர்த்தகச் சபைத் தலைவர் ஏ.வி.எம்.பாலசுப்பிரமணியம், "விஜய்யின் அடுத்த படத்தை நான்தான் தயாரிக்கிறேன். ஆஸ்ட்ரேலியாவிற்குப் படப்பிடிப்பிற்கு வந்தால் நிச்சயம் உங்களை அவருடன் நடிக்க வைக்கிறேன்" என்று மைக் ரானின் ஆசைக்கு உடனே ஒப்பிதல் தந்தார்.
Friday, April 11, 2008
April 11, 2008
Dhanush was recently interviewed by a popular Tamil weekly in which the actor answered many questions candidly. Some of the questions were like: Would you act as a villain in a Rajinikanth film? Which of the three actresses do you like the most – Trisha, Asin or Nayanthara?
Though Dhanush did not expect the question – Would you dance with Ilaya Thalapathy Vijay for a song… his apprehension was evident when he replied that he would prefer to appear in guest role rather than dance with Vijay as the latter has mastered the art so well and it would be
impossible to match his performance.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
BENEVOLENT: Members of Tiruchi district Vijay Fans’ Association donating wheel chairs and stretchers to K.A.P.Viswanatham Government Medical College Hospital in Tiruchi.
TIRUCHI: Keeping up with the custom of carrying out social welfare activities on special occasions, the members of Tiruchi District Vijay Fans’ Association took up similar initiatives on Sunday, as part of the 16th annual day celebrations of the association.
The fans donated wheel chairs, wheel stretchers and mats to Tiruchi K. A. P. Viswanatham Government Medical College Hospital. Distribution of other welfare assistance, including free saris to the needy and uniforms to poor students, were also a part of the celebrations.
“Vijay always wanted his fans to be socially responsible and lend a helping hand to the poor. Over the years we have been doing our bit,” says association president R.K. Raja.
Similar functions were organised by the members of Thottiyam and Tiruverambur union Vijay fans’ associations.