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Outtakes: Leos Carax

WHO is he? French film director, actor and writer who has made five feature films and half a dozen short films since the early eighties. One of the most important French filmmakers after the French...
  • Pilot Premnath 1978

    Sivaji Ganesan, Malini Fonseca, ‘Thengai’ Srinivasan, ‘Major’ Sundararajan, Vijaykumar, C.R. Manorama, Sridevi, Jai Ganesh, Jayachitra, Satyapriya and Venkat. Srilankan cast — Mara Sinha, Vijayendran,...
  • Udhayanidhi ropes in Ahmed to direct his next

    Post the successful Endrendrum Punnagai, director Ahmed is hot property. The latest news is that Udhayanidhi Stalin will play the lead in his yet-to-be-titled film. The story goes that Udhayanidhi li...
  • Outtakes: Abel Ferrara

    WHO is he? American scenarist, actor and filmmaker who has directed more than two dozen feature films, short works, TV movies and documentaries since the early seventies. Ferrara started his career...
  • Dayalan (1941)

    P.U. Chinnappa, T.R. Mahalingam, K.V. Jayagouri, Kali N. Ratnam, P.S. Gnanam, P.G. Venkatesan, K.K. Perumal, S.S. Kokko, E.R. Sahadevan, V.M. Ezhumalai, T.M. Ramasami, N.V. Krishnan, C.T. Rajakantham,...
April 19, 2014

Cinema Quiz

1. The versatile Sampooran Singh Kalra made headlines recently. How do we better know him and what honour has been bestowed on him? 2. If Caan was Sonny and Pacino was Michael, then who w... »
delhi, April 17, 2014
blast from the past

Angoor (1982)

Within minutes of the announcement that Gulzar is to be the recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, his old friend, Debu Sen, was at his place for a few moments of quiet celebration. The accolade... »
Nasreen Munni Kabir’s Conversations With Waheeda Rehman
chennai, April 11, 2014
lights, camera, conversation...

Memories of another day

In Nasreen Munni Kabir’s Conversations With Waheeda Rehman, the actor talks about a problem with a costume she had to wear for the ‘Kahin Pe Nigahen’ song sequence in C.I.D. But befor... »
chennai, April 10, 2014

My five: Bobby D. Ghatak

Don Chandra Barot Don was a big hit during the Bachchan onslaught of the 1970s. Amitabh Bachchan in his maiden double role, plays a ruthless gangster known as Don... »
Nil Kavani Kadhali
April 5, 2014
Blast from the Past

Nil Gavani Kaadhali - 1969

Jaishankar (Shankar Subramaniam) was one of the successful action heroes of Tamil cinema and known as its ‘James Bond’. He hailed from an upper middle-class family of Mylapore, and his father was a... »
A scene from 'Noah'.
Chennai, April 4, 2014
Lights, Camera, Conversation...

Water, water, everywhere

Have you heard of Noam Murro? Look him up in IMDb. He’s made a Dennis Quaid bomb called Smart People. He’s made a TV short named HBO Imagine. And he made 300: Rise Of An Empire... »
A scene from Lagaan.
chennai, April 3, 2014

My five: S. Yuvan

Lagaan  Ashutosh Gowariker An epic sports drama set in India during the British Raj, this film tells us the story of Indian peasants who, facing oppression, ta... »
Shylock in Tamil
chennai, March 29, 2014
blast from the past

Shylock (1941)

William Shakespeare has been a popular figure in India ever since the British introduced their system of education and the Bard’s plays were compulsory in the syllabus. Many Tamil playwrights have... » 2 comments
A scene from the film Anand.
chennai, March 28, 2014
lights, camera, conversation...

Notes from a film-music fan

Imagine spending an afternoon falling through the Internet rabbit hole and finding, of all things, lists of songs that featured on Binaca Geetmala — from 1970 to 1980. Why just these years?... »
Treasure of Sierra Madre
March 27, 2014

My five

Treasure of the Sierra Madre John HustonThis is the perfect choice if you want to narrate a movie as a kid’s bedtime story. Told in the style of a western, the movie’s a... »

ShotCuts: Ganesh performs to a ‘kuthu’ in Achharam

Outtakes: F.W. Murnau

In the making: Towards the target

All the right moves

Rushes: Back with pizzazz

On location: To Noora with Love - All about Noora

Man of real character

Shot Cuts: Three little words

chennai, April 17, 2014

My five... B.A. Suresh

Rashomon This is a masterpiece by Akira Kurosawa, a film unlike any other. Rashomon is an in-depth view into a simple human failing, the tendency to slightly twist... »
Pia Bajpai plays the lead in Kootam along with Naveen Chandra.
chennai, April 12, 2014

Etcetera: Roles of substance

She is not perturbed that she didn’t have a single Tamil release in 2013, her earlier one being Sattam Oru Iruttarai in 2012. “I am not concerned about numbers. I am interested in doing rol... »
Band of Boys are back with a tongue-in-cheek number, which is a satire on the political scene.
delhi, April 11, 2014

Rushes: Talent hunter

Casting director Mukesh Chhabra is making waves with his selection of actors. He emerged on the scene with Gangs of Wasseypur and is now one of the most sought after casting directors in Bo... »
A still from Kannakol
April 5, 2014
Audio beat

Kannakkol: Hitting the right notes

Ram Pictures’ Kannakkol is produced by V. Ramadoss and written and directed by V.A. Kumarasen. The story revolves around a youth and how he goes about burgling homes. The cast inclu... »
Howard Hawks
April 5, 2014

Outtakes: Howard Hawks

Who is he? Celebrated Hollywood scenarist, producer and film director who made close to 40 films between the late twenties and the early seventies. Though not considered a serious... »
Saqib Saleem is excited about working in Hawa Hawaai, a film that doesn’t require rehearsed acting
New delhi, April 4, 2014

Rushes: On the fast track

Hawa Hawaai’s trailer is out and lead actor Saqib Saleem is excited about working in a film that doesn’t require rehearsed acting. Saqib is playing a skating coach who helps a kid realise his drea... »
Is Santhanam a new hero in the making?
chennai, March 29, 2014

Etcetera: Comedy’s loss?

Do we have a new hero in the making? One look at the publicity stills of Vallavanakku Pullum Ayutham (VPA), and you will come to the conclusion that comedian Santhanam is heading for... »
Billy Wilder
chennai, March 29, 2014

Outtakes: Billy Wilder

WHO is he? Austrian-born American screenwriter, producer and filmmaker who directed over two dozen feature films between the early forties and the early eighties. After having writ... »
Actor Parthepan’s film Kadhai Thiraikadhai Vasanam Iyakkam is about filmmaking. Photo: R. Ashok
chennai, March 28, 2014

Shotcuts: It’s getting bigger!

Actor Parthepan’s film Kadhai Thiraikadhai Vasanam Iyakkam is in the final stages of shooting. And, it’s getting bigger and better with the cast list growing longer. The movie, which is abo... »
Sandra Amy in Sivappu Enakku Pidikkum
chennai, March 24, 2014

Audio Beat: Sivappu Enakku Pidikkum - Red alert

What it is about…Youreka Cinema School comes out with Sivappu Enakku Pidikkum, written, produced, directed and acted in by Youreka who has also penned the lyrics. The film, sta... »

Etcetera: Amala Paul is busy

Vipranarayana (1954)

Kumara Kulothungan (1939)

Shotcuts: In the top 10

My five

Zakhmee (1975)

Shotcuts: On a high