PandiaRajan goes English

R. PandiaRajan is thrilled. “Help”, a short film in English that he directed, has been selected for the Festival ArtDeco De Cinema 2011 to be held in Brazil. The film features Delhi Ganesh, Mohanram, Devipriya and Kishore It will be screened on May 20.

“I sent the film for selection, and forgot all about it. Around then, my mother passed away. After her funeral, I opened my email inbox to discover that my film was selected. I'm delighted that it's the only film to be chosen from Asia. The film's competing with over 50 others from across the world. I can't help but think it's my mother's blessing.”

Going strong

Actor Nagarjuna has completed 25 years in the industry, and in his 26th year, is happy to have re-entered Tamil films with box-office hit “Payanam”. “I was waiting for some good cinema in Tamil. In Telugu, I play the guy that beats up 100 others, and I did not want to do the same in Tamil. Thankfully, ‘Payanam' came my way, and I grabbed it. And, the way I felt when I watched the film was similar to how I felt watching ‘Annamayya'. I'm looking at different kinds of roles in Tamil films,” he says.

The Tamil twist to “Dabangg”

The popular Hindi hit “Dabangg” is to be re-made in Tamil as “Osthi”. STR (Silambarasan) will reprise the role of a police officer, played by Salman Khan in the original. The film's director Dharani says: “Silambarasan called me one day, and asked me to do the Tamil remake of ‘Dabangg'. “Osthi” has borrowed just the premise from its original, and has a script to cater to the Tamil audience.”

Keywords: Tamil cinema