Now, a Malay film

Rama Narayanan, who holds quite a number of records, has added another feather to his cap. The director, who has made 125 films in nine languages, including Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Bhojpuri, Bengali and Oriya, has now directed a Malay film, his 126th, titled Sinda Buruwa.

In the fray

The fight at the box office this Deepavali gets more intense with director Thankar Bachan too deciding to release his Ammavin Kaipesi on that day (the other films scheduled for Deepavali release being Thuppakki, Poda Podi, Samar, Kumki and Kalla Thuppakki). Explaining his decision, Thankar said, “I wanted to release my film earlier but didn’t get theatres. The producers’ council had made a rule that big films must release only on certain festival days, but then that rule is being flouted and nobody is questioning those filmmakers. I have no option but to release it on Deepavali. I firmly believe in the taste of the audience and hence am not scared of the competition. My earlier film, Azhagi, was released during Pongal. Thirteen films, including those of major stars, hit the screens on that day. However, Azhagi emerged the winner. It ended up being screened in 113 theatres for over 100 days. It is this faith in the audience that has given me the confidence to release my film this Deepavali.”

Encouraging young talent

Tamil cinema has been able to score over other film industries in recent times not just because of the scores of talented youngsters entering the field everyday but also because of the accommodative seniors. Take for instance director Selvaraghavan who is now scouting for fresh talent to give them an opportunity in films he intends to produce.

The director, whose Aum Productions is to produce seven films over the next two years, recently tweeted, “Our agenda is to encourage new talent in various areas of filmmaking. Budding actors/directors/lyricists/ screenplay writers/singers/cinematographers/music composers etc. contact aumproduction@gmail.com.”

Udhayanidhi’s next

The latest on producer-actor Udhayanidhi Stalin is he will play the lead in a film to be directed by Prabhakaran, director of Sundarapandian. While shooting is to begin in January, details of the cast and the crew will be announced in December.

Fake on FB

Celebrities have taken to social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook like a duck to water. However, these sites have a negative side to them as the Naan Ee star Sudeep recently found out.

The actor recently came across a fake profile of his on Facebook. In a letter to the media, he said, “I want to bring to your notice that a fictitious Facebook account is doing the rounds on the Net. It is carrying derogatory remarks attributed to me. I'm in no way associated with it. Seems like a deliberate attempt by miscreants to tarnish my name. Pictures available online and from my tweets have been posted on this account to make it look authentic.”