Potti Tamil Movie News
(A.R.R. News and more!)
1998 was the year of "Too Much"s... Well, 1999
is definitely the year of "Walks in the Clouds."
It appears that Pooveli was not the only film
based on the famous Keanu Reeves Hollywood
flick, "A Walk in the Clouds." A vayaru aerinj-ing
Vasanth is also making an Indianized remake of the film
with Arjun and Meena titled "Rhythm." Paavam Vasanth, he
was supposed to have started filming "Rhythm," quite a few
months before Selva even entered the picture. It appears that
Selva did have more "Aasai" to shoot AWITC and release it before Vasanth.
Interestingly, unlike Pyramid Natarajan's other production, "Udhaya,"
"Rhythm" has been kept away from the limelight
as much as possible. Very little press lately! A.R.Rahman, after a big
floppity flop in "Love Birds," is finally decided to compose for
Pyramid Natarajan's productions with the exception of "Ponn Vizhaa" (Another
low budget film struggling to hit theaters since last year!)
The village tunes are back or so it appears! As
A.R.Rahman composes a whopping ten tunes for Bharathiraja's
"Taj Mahal." Currently, the entire cassette rights community
in Kodambakkam is fighting cut-throat competition to gain music
rights to the film. But the BIGGEST NEWS isn't that actually!.
It appears that "Maanikkam" and "Aravindhan" might have a sizeable
voice in the making of the album. Karthik Raja (one who has never
heard ARR's Roja) and Yuvan Shankar Raja (who has been repeatedly
praised by ARR as one who shows a lot of promise) may be tranformed
into playback singers for "Taj Mahal." If you have opened your mouth
in awe, you are not the only one!.. Surely, Kodambakkam is also wondering:
"Whatever happened to the rift between Bharathiraja and Ilaiyaraja? Whatever
brought about this change?" When the album releases, we will hopefully all
On other "Taj Mahal" matters, Manoj and Riya
Sen play village characters, Mayan and Machchakkani.
Several of Bharathiraja's introductions have decided
to be faithful to gurunaadhar and are making their
presence felt in the film, including Revathi, Ranjitha
and Manivannan. What's more, even Bharathiraja might
show his face in a frame or two. With a strong message
always a part of the main story line, this time around,
Bharathiraja has decided to mix caste and religious riots
as a background to this charming love story. (Should we start
counting the dead at the end of this one? ;-) On a side note,
for some strange reason, everyone talks about Maniratnam, Madhu
Ambat, A.R.Rahman and Vairamuthu as being associated with the film,
aanal Rajeev Menon peyir-ai kannOm!.. Obviously the story was changed
from a city to a rural setting... Adhodu Rajeev kaanamal poi vittaarO?!
Speaking of Rajeev Menon, he has not completely
disappeared from Kodambakkam all together. He
is polishing the script for his second directorial
venture with Prabhudeva in the lead. Menon, who
projects this film as a very serious one has already
decided to employ his good friend, A.R.Rahman as the music
director. On a minute digression, Prabhudeva who had
purposely disappeared from tamil cinema after "Kaadhala
Kaadhalaa," had a rotten experience in Andhra with almost
all of his Telegu films plummeting at the box office. Having
returned to his senses, he has returned to Kodambakkam a changed
man!.. His two big films, "Ninaivirukkum Varai," (with Keerthi
Reddy and directed by K. Subash) expected for a republic day
release and "Time" have somewhat rejuvenated the hope that
he lost last year. The KAADHALAN of tamil cinema returns!
Once an "uLLaththai aLLiya" heroine, now Rambha
finds herself doing "single dance" guest roles
in films. She proudly says that it was a favor
to Director Kadhir for having introduced her in
"Uzhavan," that she agreed to dance for one song
in "Kaadhalar Dhinam," the aamai vega production
by Director Kadhir. Whatever the market nilamai
may be, poor Rambha is in a pitiable situation with
only "Endrendrum Kaadhal" still slated for release.
On the issues surrounding "Kaadhalar Dhinam," is a
very upset and furious Sonali Bendre who cannot seem
to understand what is taking Kadhir so long to finish
the film. When asked about the film, she begins to
describe the beauty of her role and how much it bothers
her that Kadhir is so slow in releasing the film. Yugendran
(son of playback singer/actor Malaysia Vasudevan) is actually
happy with the film, but for other reasons. He makes his
debut as a full fledged playback singer under A.R.Rahman's
music direction in the film. Probably the only person
smiling about "Kaadhalar Dhinam," today. Sad.. considering
it was also tremendously hyped like "Taj Mahal," with names
like A.M.Ratnam (producer of "Indhiyan"), P.C.Sreeram, Kadhir,
A.R.Rahman, Vairamuthu etc.. So much for all that!..
Rockin' '99! or atleast Dubai was rocking with
A.R.Rahman's music blaring to welcome 1999.
With probably the best ensemble of singers
and dancers (totalling 90), A.R.Rahman performed
in a live concert in Dubai to a crowd of 45,000
bubbly and jolly fans.. rockin' them into '99.
S.P.Balasubramaniam, Hariharan, Sukwindhar Singh,
Udith Narayan, Unnikrishnan, Chitra, Kavitha
Krishnamurthy, Sujatha, Sadhana Sargam, Subha
and Anupama and 35 dancers were present to showcase
the glittering concert, which was a celebration on
the occassion of the U.A.E's 27th Independence Day.
Dubai Talkies, in collaboration with Real Entertainment
sponsored the show, as Javed Jaffery played host for
the night. The fans danced for "Musthafa Musthafa" by
turning on their cigarette lighters (similar to the
candle effect in "Kaadhal Desam.") They also danced
in similar fashion to the Hindi number, "Chaiyya
Chaiyya" from "Dil Se". A.R.Rahman's concert was the
highlight of not only Dubai's National News broadcasts,
but also, the magazines and newspapers hitting the stands.
The 4 hour concert, only the second since his concert in
Malaysia in '97, was one that would definitely stay in the
minds of Dubai-ites for many years to come!...
Poojai notes!.. Jayasubshri Productions' new film, "PeriyaNNa" held
its poojai recently with Vijayakanth, Surya, A.L.Azhagappan, Director
S.A.Chandrasekaran, Ibrahim Rauthar and many others gracing the occassion.
Similarly, Super Good Films' R.B.Choudhri held a simple poojai for his
next production, "Kaamaraasu" with debutant director Anbazhagan and
S.A.Rajkumar. On the awards front, the FANTA Awards were given to Actors
Saratkumar, Parthiban, Actresses Roja, Suvalakshmi, Devayani, Director
K.S. Ravikumar, Lyricist Vairamuthu and A.R.Rahman. Journalists, "Cinema
Express" Ramamurthy, "New Filmalaya" M. G. Vallaban, and Film News Anandhan
were honored with FANTA awards on January 1st, 1999 for their accomplishments
in 1998. Additionally, Glamour Krishnamurthy, Manorama, K.R.G., Kalaipuli
Thanu, Chintamani Murugesan and M. Saravanan also received special awards for
their contributions to Tamil Cinema over the years.
"Indhiramma, idhai padiththaal ennai kovichukka
vendaam, please!.. But... "Maniyaana director-in
'ani'-yaana wife, like old times, has been oor
suthth-ing with her long time cinematographer friend."
My sources: Cinema Express, Anandha Vikatan and Kumudham.