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So who's the man behind the mask?
"Batman Begins" promises a fresh look to one of the world's most intriguing superheroes. Will the mega-production live up to its hype? Sudhish Kamath

Journey into the world of snakes
They are feared, despised or venerated, but the mystique of snakes endures. Romulus Whitaker screened, recently in Chennai, two films that he made for NGC. G. Ananthakrishnan

Laughing away the lull
Prashanth discusses his career as it stands today. MALATHI RANGARAJAN

`I have full faith in Shanker'
``A role visualised for Aishwarya Rai should be meaningful." — Sada. S. R. ASHOK KUMAR
`Making a film on Kathakali was tapas'
Adoor Gopalakrishnan's `Kalamandalam Ramankutty Nair' offers a close up of two visions: of the thespian and the auteur. GOWRI RAMNARAYAN
Humility as common thread
The frozen flame leaps to life, the tiraiseelai ripples, the dancer comes to life. Adoor Gopalakrishnan's tribute to 80-year old Kalamandalam Ramankutty Nair traces the history of Kathakali through the famous plays, whether ...
`I've become a more positive person'
Kareena Kapoor is excited about teaming up with Shahid for two films, as she enters a new phase in her career. Subhash K. Jha
Know Your City

Sudharma Vaidyanathan (Bharatanatyam); 7.30 p.m.: Lavanya Vikram (Bharatanatyam). DRAMA Narada Gana Sabha Sathguru Gnanananda Hall. June 17, 6.45 p.m. Mother Creations "Nethra ...

A lot to cheer about
Jeeva is heaving a sigh of relief. The anxiety and trauma he underwent because he couldn't get `Ullam Kaetkumae' released on time is an old story. "It was a nightmare," the director-cameraman admits. But the strangest part is he is already ...
Film Review

Sensuous and crisp
Storyline: Love and longing in Calcutta; friendship, hidden passion, jealousy and of course, the difficult parent
Bottomline: Rekha does an item number... What if Devdas wasn't such a crybaby? What if he actually stood up to daddy and ...

More real than other supermen
Cast: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Katie Holmes, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Gary
Oldman, Ken Watanabe
Director: Christopher Nolan
Storyline: Batman saves Gotham city.
Bottomline: This knight has chinks in his armour. Watching ...
What women power?
Irrelevant titles you are used to — but never one as misleading as Jayadevi Films' `Power of Women' (U). If you imagine `Power ... ' to be a movie on a woman who faces adversity with grit and emerges winner, you've got it wrong. The heroine ...
On Location

Action laced with romance
Yesteryear hero Ravichandran turns director with ``Manthiran." S. R. ASHOK KUMAR

Fourth time lucky?
Soap queen Ekta Kapoor has at last found success in cinema, with her fourth film. Subhash K. Jha
Success on both fronts
How did ARS manage to balance acting and career for so many decades? Read on. MALATHI RANGARAJAN
Multi-dimensional approach to diocese
The birth centenary of Bishop Sundaram, the first bishop of the Thanjavur diocese, was observed on June 10. A. JOHN JOSEPH

Touching all generations
Nalini Ramprasad, a scion of the Alathoor School of Music having been trained by Chingleput Ranganathan, has also had the benefit of guidance from the late Dr. S. Ramanathan, a reputed musician and musicologist. In 1998, she had formed a ...

Dancing to the couplet
Mood and music were in perfect unison as Tirukkural came alive. RUPA SRIKANTH

It could have been funnier
Bill Manhoff's "The Owl and the Pussycat," is a nice entertainer in the mould of Neil Simon. Elizabeth Roy
Arts & Crafts

Opening doors to creativity
Craft outlets in the city offer a variety of state of the art doors and windows. PUSHPA CHARI

Hill temple a la Tiruttani
Tiruttani is not the only shrine where one finds Lord Muruga in wedding resplendence. The hill temple near Ulsoor is a beautiful replica. T. K. GANAPATHY.
Places Of Worship

Hewn out of a rock
The climb up the hill in Tirukolakkudi is taxing but rewarding. PRADEEP CHAKRAVARTHY

Kaleeswarar temple wears new look
Renovation work is complete and consecration is set for June 17 at the Kaleeswarar temple in Cheetanancheri.
Solace for the childless
After over 150 years, Kumbabhishekam of this temple is held today. LAKSHMI VENKATRAMAN
Shrines for many deities
The Kumbabhishekam of the Skandashramam temple is scheduled for June 24.
Tribute to Tirumangai Azhwar
I prayed to him in his temple in Thanjavur — a temple of fine walls and pleasant flower groves. Believe me devotee! His name, `Narayana' is the only Mantra you need." Periya Thirumozhi 1:6. The bandit-turned-saint Thirumangai ...
Consecration anniversary
Pujyasri Bhaskara Memorial Foundation (Trust) is celebrating the anniversary of the installation of Sri Chakra Mahameru in the Meru Mantapam at Bhaskararajapuram and the consecration of the memorial to Sri Bhaskararaya Acharya on June 20. The ...

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