Suriya’s Masss audio on May 8

Suriya’s Masss audio on May 8

Chennai, May 4 (TruthDive) : Masss (Mass) starring Suriya in the lead is getting ready for a month end release. The audio of Masss is to be released on May 8. Masss is is an  horror – comedy directed by Venkat Prabhu. Masss has  Suriya and two lead ladies Nayantara and Amy Jackson alongwith Premgi in a major  role. Music is by Yuvan Shankar Raja. Incidentally it is the  50th movie for Editor Praveen.

On April 25th midnight,  the teaser of Masss was released online and on the next day it crossed two million hits on YouTube. The teaser has a clip from Singam which has Suriya saying the popular dialogue about his comeback and one from Thala Ajith’s  Mankatha which tells about the whole happening being a game controlled by him.

Eros International and Studio Green are jointly producing Masss. The film is shot fully in 3D format unlike earlier films that were shot partially in that format. Yesteryear hero Mohan was supposed to play the baddie and now Parthipan and Jayram are playing significant roles. Karunas, Seeman and Daniel Pope are the ghosts and the cast has Vidyullekha Raman along with Samudrakani.

Initially, the movie was to release in June after schools and colleges reopen. As the film shoot was wrapped up on April 19th the producers decided to release the audio on May 1st and go in for a mid-May theatrical release but things did not go as planned. Post production works took time with 3D effects being done simultaneously in Mumbai and Chennai.Masss is very crucial to Suriya after the debacle of Anjaan.

On the sidelines, remake of the hit Malayalam film, ‘How Old are You’ in Tamil with Jyothika in the heroine-centric role and produced by her husband Suriya is getting ready for release in May.

The film which created box office history in Kerala with Manju Warrier in the key role is titled 36 Vayadhinele and is directed by Roshan Andrews. A last minute addition was a song that runs during the end titles was shot featuring Jyothika.

Inside story of how Uttama Villain got released (stills)

Inside story of how Uttama Villain got released (stills)

Chennai,May 3(TruthDive): Uttama Villain saw the daylight thanks to Studio Green Gnanavel Raja. Around Rs 35 crores were outstanding towards Eros International and financier Jaswant Bhandari.

Uttama Villain was produced by Kamal Haasan under the banner of Raaj Kamal Films on a Rs 55 crore budget. Taking almost one year, Kamal Haasan held the overseas distribution rights and for Kerala. Thirupathi Brothers being on a downslide after Anjaan flop had borrowed heavily from the financiers by promising distribution rights.


Uttama Villain Chennai distribution was given to Abirami mall and Madurai to Anbu. Thirupathi Brothers did not anticipate Eros and Bhandari to pull off a last minute discord as it was agreed that the collections from theatres would go to settle their dues. As word spread around that the production house would face litigations,they decided to press the panic button. They blocked the company that was digitalising the movie from delivering the content till the dues were cleared.

As talks moved on, Chandrabose, brother and partner of Lingusamy ‘s Thirupathi brothers called his friend Gnanavel Raja. Raja, a cousin of actor Suriya and Karthi runs a distribution cum production company.  Raja had bought the distribution rights of Vai Raja Vai releasing on the same day of Uttama Villain. Raja in turn called his friend C V Kumar, YNot studios Shashikant and a few others and decided to buy out areas other than Chennai and Madurai and put on the table Rs 35 crores. This is Rs 15 crores more than the market price.  This was made possible only because Raja had trust in Bose.

Uttama Villain is expected to do well in urban areas but might fly over the heads of the mass audience. The two day non release of Uttama  Villain  has resulted in a huge loss.

Meantime,big ticket producers are facing trouble on the financial front. Ascar Ravichandran featured in an advt issued by IOB stating a list of properties that the bank has notified as those will be auctioned. A M Rathinam who lost money on Yennai Arindhaal was bailed out by Ajith who has given him another date for a new film.

Aishwarya Rai’s Jazbaa teaser ready

Aishwarya Rai’s Jazbaa teaser ready

Mumbai, May 2 (TruthDive): Director Sanjay Gupta is very excited as the much expected teaser of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s comeback movie Jazbaa is ready. With much excitement, the director tweeted on his Twitter page, “In all these years its the first time that my teaser is ready a month ahead of schedule. Now feeling totally restless. JAZBAA kab dikhaunga?”.

Fans of Aishwarya have to wait for one more month to watch the teaser, but, it looks Sanjay Gupta has ideas of showcasing the teaser of at Cannes 2015. Earlier, he tweeted, “Today I’ll be editing with the very talented Bunty Nagi the JAZBAA showcase for Cannes 2015. Very excited about this one.”

Aishwarya is a regular face at the red carpet of Cannes. 2015 Cannes begins on May 13 and carries on till May 24.

Aishwarya Rai is said to be playing a lawyer in Jazbaa, opposite Irrfan Khan, who plays a suspended cop. Shabana Azmi, Siddhanth Kapoor, Atul Kulkarni and Anupam Kher also form part of the star cast. Jazbaa that marks the comeback of Aishwarya after five years to the silver screen is scheduled to hit silver screens on October 9.

Uttama Villain fails to release in morning shows

Uttama Villain fails to release in morning shows

Chennai,May1(TruthDive):  The fans who arrived to catch the morning show of Uttama Villain were told by the theatres that they would have to wait for the noon show. No reason was given for the cancellation. The reason that is coming from the sources close to the production house is that the director Ramesh Aravind and actor Kamal Haasan had at the last moment decided to cut 15 minuts of the running time of three hours after the screening of the special show. Many celeberties who saw Uttama Villain  and were in awe  felt that the running hours needed to be cut down. Sources say that the cuts that were implemented had to be done across 1500 screens and this took time. The premiere shows in USA and Dubai went as usual.

Trade circles say that Thirupathi brothers the production house had borrowed money from many financiers promising distribution rights of Uttama Villain. Thangam cinemas had given Rs2 crore on the condition that it would be given distribution rights of Uttama Villain and as it was not given to them they moved the court which ordered the production house to give back the money with interest before April 28. Now another production house had given money to Tirupathi brothers and this money was to be cleared before the release. The production house which is closely linked with a top actor with whom Thirupathi brothers had once produced a film and burnt their fingers kept waiting and did not move the courts. As the film was ready for release and there was no move from Thirupathi brothers, the company decided to obtain a stay order. Thirupathi brothers are now in talks with the production cum distribution house to arrive at an amicable settlement.

The film had run into trouble with the theatre owners association President who owns Rohini theatre in Chennai. The President demanded Rs 50 lakhs as bribe to settle a dispute over Kamal’s Vishwaroopam and wanted Thirupathi brothers to pay Rs50 lakhs as compensation to the theatre owners association. Kamal had filed a complaint with the competetive commission alleging that theatre owners and distributors were functioning as a cartel and restricting free trade. Theatre owners association claimed that it had spend Rs25 lakhs on fighting the suit and distributors had spend Rs2 lakhs. Thirupathi brothers paid Rs2 lakh to the distributors association and Kamal withdrew his suit. A sum of Rs 25 lakhs that was given the theatre owners President was deposited with the association after multiplex theatre owners ganged up against him. VHP had gone to court seeking a ban on Uttama Villain and the plea was rejected. Media saw the film at a special screening today morning.

Cartoonist Gopulu is no more

Cartoonist Gopulu is no more

Chennai, Apr 30 (TruthDive): Gopulu 91 years  passed away at 7.30 pm yesterday. S. Gopalan born in 1924 is a Tamil illustrator and cartoonist, known for his work for the Tamil magazine Ananda Vikatan.

Born in Tanjore in 1924, Gopulu spent his early years in the city. He studied at the Kumbakonam School of Art. In 1941, he came to Chennai looking for a job in Ananda Vikatan. There, he met the legendary cartoonist ‘Mali’, who commissioned a number of paintings for the magazine’s Deepavali special. It was not till December 1944, however, that Mali offered Gopulu a job at the magazine. (Mali was also the one who gave Gopulu his pen-name). In the course of the next twenty or so years, till 1968, Gopulu did political cartoons, cover designs and illustrated columns for the magazine.

As an illustrator, Gopulu worked on popular serials such as Thillana Mohanambal and Washingtonil Thirumanam. He is known for his work with the writer Devan for whom he illustrated the serial Thuppariyum Sambu in comics form. Devan’s bumbling detective is remembered in the form in which Gopulu first drew him. Gopulu also traveled with the writer Saavi in 1953-54, to Ajanta, Ellora, Delhi, Jaipur, Calcutta for a travel series.

In 1972, Gopulu started his own ad agency, Ad Wave Advertising. He designed the logo of the Tamil magazine Kungumam, and that of Sun TV too. Later, he quit advertising and began to work as a freelance illustrator for magazines such as Kalki, Amudhasurabhi, Vikatan and Kungumam.

Gopulu was given the ‘Kalaimamani’ award by the Government of Tamil Nadu on 26 November 1991. He is a recipient of the Murasoli Award and the M. A. Chidambaram Chettiar Award. In 2001 he was honoured with the lifetime achievement award as part of the inaugural function of the Indian Institute of Cartoonists in Bangalore.

O Kadhal Kanmani lags behind Kanchana2

O Kadhal Kanmani lags behind Kanchana2

Chennai, Apr23(TruthDive):O Kadhal Kanmani directed by Manirathinam  surpasses Kanchana 2 worldwide but lags behind in India. According to box office figures available for Chennai, Kanchana 2 took a record opening in three days to touch Rs1 .31 cr while OKadhal Kanmani  collected Rs84.6 lakh only. Reports from Kerala and other States say that Kanchana faired better than OKadhal Kanmani. The surprise packet is that OKadhal Kanmani with Salman Dulquar and Nithya Menon , both popular actors of Malayalam cinema trailed behind Kanchana in Kerala. O Kadhal Kanmani however turned out to be a big hit with overseas Indians in USA as the Telugu and Tamil versions were well recieved. Premiere shows and regular shows together collected a total of Rs2.18 cr and taking into account this collection figures O Kadhal Kanmani pipped Kanchana2. OKadha Kanmani collected Rs8.7 cr and Kanmani fell short by a crore.

Trade is watching the battle keenly as after the weekend is over, the trend will continue with Kanchana going gungho or will OK overtake it in the domestic market. Kanchana2’s second half turned weak compared to the first half and it was panned by many critics while OK got a thumbs up from the media. OK’s tame climax has come under criticism from the young viewers in urban areas. Maniathinam has for the first time send a thankyou note to the media and issued a thankyou poster. The movie is distributed by Gananavel of Studio Green.

After two consecutive flops, Manirathnam had much going for O Kadhal Kanmani. Deviating from his earlier practice, he held a pre-release media conference and Suhasini stirred up a controversey by slamming the bloggers and those on social media and terming them as people with a mouse in hand and asked the media the qualified people to give reviews before other’s on the net came out. The film shot in a short span and not on a big lavish scale according to trade will make modest profits but might not be a blockbuster.

Salman Khan’s Arms Act case verdict on March 3

Salman Khan’s Arms Act case verdict on March 3

Mumbai, Feb 27 (TruthDive): Salman Khan was blamed of owning and using banned arms to hunt the rare black buck, and the verdict in the case that was expected to be given earlier, has been now pushed to March 3, 2015 as Salman Khan was reportedly not present in court.



Some Bollywood stars along with Salman Khan were accused of hunting black bucks on 1st midnight and 2nd October, 1998 when the shooting of Bollywood movie Hum Saath Saath Hain was going on. Two black bucks, an endangered animal under the Wildlife Protection Act, were killed on the borders of Kankani village near Jodhpur.

Salman was also blamed of carrying and using banned guns. A police complaint was filed against Salman Khan on charges of being involved in the hunting of protected black bucks.

The court had said the judgment for the 16-year-old case will be delivered on 25th February. The court proceedings started and Anupama Bijlani, Chief Judicial Magistrate of Jodhpur district, took the four awaiting applications linked to cross-checking nine eyewitnesses and for checking additional documents and facts on record that were earlier moved by the hearing.

After hearing the arguments, court fixed March 3rd for a verdict on the four appeals. Meantime, the 49-year-old Bollywood actor Salman Khan did not appear in the court on 25t Feb.

Salman Khan also has three poaching cases against him. Twice he had spent time in the Jodhpur jail – in April 2006 and again in August 2007. His appeal is pending in the Rajasthan High Court.

Salman is at present in Gondal near Rajkot, Gujarat invoved in the shooting of Sooraj Barjatya’s ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’. The actor had finished the shooting of ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ being directed by ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ director Kabir Khan. The film is currently in post-production stage slated for a mid-year release.

Katrina Kaif meets Ranbir Kapoor’s sister in Delhi?

Katrina Kaif meets Ranbir Kapoor’s sister in Delhi?

Mumbai, Feb 25 (TruthDive): Celebrity couple Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif allegedly in a relationship is again in the news – reports say Katrina is bonding well with the Kapoor family.

Currently Katrina is busy with Abhishek Kapoor’s Fitoor, in which she will be seen opposite Aditya Roy Kapur. As soon as returning to Mumbai after finishing the shooting schedules of ‘Fitoor’in Kashmir, Katrina Kaif flew to New Delhi to see her boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor. The actor was shooting for Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Tamasha’ with ex-girlfriend Deepika Padukone. Both of them celebrated Valentine’s Day and reports say Katrina met Riddhima, sister of Ranbir Kapoor, who is married to a Delhi-based businessman.

Katrina’s next schedule for Fitoor starts in Delhi. She had ten days gap between the two schedules. The leggy actress used this time to catch up the lost time with Ranbir Kapoor. While being in New Delhi, to avoid paparazzi, Ranbir stayed at his sister’s place while Katrina booked a room in a hotel.

The meeting clearly says Katrina is getting along well with the Kapoors. Previously, Katrina had met Ranbir’s father Rishi Kapoor while he was in hospital and also had taken Ranbir’s mother Neetu Kapoor out for a dinner.

Katrina is expected to wrap up her shoot for ‘Fitoor’ in another two weeks. Meantime, the Delhi shooting schedule of ‘Tamasha’ is over. While shooting with ex-girlfriend Deepika in Tamsha, Ranbir maintained safe distance while shooting and after shooting. They had been in in Delhi for almost a month to shoot for the film.

The former lovers’ previous film was ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani’. The movie turned into a blockbuster because of their excellent chemistry.

‘Tamasha’ will be their second offering together after their separation. Some portions of the movie were shot at exotic locales of Corsica and Shimla. The film is expected to hit big screens all over the world early next year.

Kaaki Sattai release awaited by Sivakarthikeyan fans

Kaaki Sattai release awaited by Sivakarthikeyan fans

Chennai, Feb 25 (TruthDive): The upcoming film of Sivakarthikeyan, Kaaki Sattai is an action packed entertainer directed by Durai Senthilkumar and has Sridivya playing the female lead. As the film releases on February 27, Friday, hype around the movie among Sivakarthikeyan fans is on a high. Advance ticket booking for the film has started and reports say tickets are being sold out fast.

Kaaki Sattai is the seventh movie of Sivakarthikeyan. After having played only comedy roles in his previous films, the actor has made a new attempt in this film. He is a playing a cop in Kaaki Sattai. Sivakarthikeyan says it was his childhood dream to play a cop. The actor added that Kaaki Sattai is a complete family entertainer and has a positive message to the masses. An excited Sivakarthikeyan said Kaaki Sattai would have something for everybody.

Director Durai Senthil Kumar says usually Sivakarthikeyan is seen in comic and romantic roles. His character in Kaaki Sattai is entirely different from his previous roles. He has played the role of Mathimaran, a cop. To play a policeman role in this action entertainer, Siva has put in real hard work, the director said.

Furthermore, Sivakarthikeyan’s father was a policeman and it was the strong reason for actor to accept the role. Siva had focussed on each and every minute detail on the role; for example, he has concentrated on the police walking style, eye contact and action scenes. Durai Senthil Kumar said the role had made Siva emotional as it reminded him of his father and hence, Kaaki Sattai is close to his heart.

The other star cast includes Manobala, Kalpana, Imman Annachi, Prabhu, Satish, Nagineedu and Vijay Raaz. Anirudh Ravichander has composed music for the film. Wunderbar Films of Dhanush is producing the film that is released by Escape Artists Motion Pictures.

Box office collection : Ajith starrer Yennai Arindhaal grosses 100 crore worldwide

Box office collection : Ajith starrer Yennai Arindhaal grosses 100 crore worldwide

Chennai, Feb 24 (TruthDive): Having been declared a box office hit by trade experts, Ajith starrer Yennai Arindhaal is doing a brisk business at the ticket counters and now has attained the new feat of grossing 100 crore worldwide.

Box office collection reports say Yennai Arindhaal has grossed a whopping 102 crore, by the end of its third weekend. The movie that released on February 5, received mixed to positive reviews from the critics. In two weeks run, it earned more than Rs 80 crore and has been declared a box office hit by trade experts at the end of the second week. The movie has received marvellous response from the audience in spite of the World Cup fever gripping the nation.

Trade expert Ramesh wrote on his Twitter account about the box office collection figures of Yennai Arindhaal. He wrote, “#YennaiArindhaal WW Feb 5th – 22nd BO Gross: #India – ₹ 73.30 Crs Overseas – ₹ 28.50 Crs Total – ₹ 101.80 Crs”

The breakup is “Yennai Arindhaal” earned approximately ₹75 crore in the domestic circuits and in the international circuits the movie has made around ₹28 crore. The domestic collection break up report say the film made a business of about ₹60.5 crore in Tamil Nadu, ₹5.30 crore in Kerala, ₹6.3 crore in Karnataka and others from rest of India.

In overseas circuits, the Ajith starrer did exceptionally well in the UK, US, and few other centers.

Featuring Ajith, Trisha, Anushka Shetty and Arun Vijay in key roles, Yennai Arindhaal is directed by Gautham Menon and produced by AM Rathnam. The film has all elements packed in it to make a complete entertainer.

The story of “Yennai Arindhaal” is excellent which also has the sentimental angle of father-daughter relationship. Presence of Ajith is the first attraction of the film. Added to it, the film has been directed by Gautham Menon, who has given several classy films previously.

Trisha’s chemistry with Ajith, Arun Vijay’s contribution, Harris Jayaraj’s good music and Dan Macarthur’s brilliant cinematography are the highlights of the film, to turn it into a blockbuster.