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Richa

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thE limElight haS lUrEd onE morE lovEly lady! richa gangopadhyay, born in india bUt broUght Up in thE USa, had a fEw bEaUty pagEant titlES in hEr kitty that lEd hEr Straight to tinSElvillE. thE winnEr of thE miSS india USa titlE in 2007, thiS laSS combinES SpUnk and SparklE with hEr gorgEoUS lookS...
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movie magic

nov 04 - nov 10, 2011

itty-bitties
samantha is not good enough!
Earlier, we reported that ace director mani ratnam is back to his favourite forte: romantic musicals. according to sources, mani ratnam’s next will be an intense love story based on the sensitive issue of plight of rameshwaram fishermen at the hands of Sri lankan navy. The film will have actor karthik’s son gautham in the lead role. it is heard that recently the director called tollywood sensation Samantha for a screen test at his office in chennai. however she failed to impress the ace director and was eventually rejected. The director is still looking for a suitable actress for his film. veteran cinematographer rajeev menon and music director a.r. rahman will reportedly be a part of this project. well, it looks like the ace director is all set to recapture the magic of roja, mouna raagam and alaipayuthey again on screen.

strokes

suseenthiran’s different
venilla kabbadi kuzhu, azhargarsamiyin kuthirai, naan mahaan alla and now rajapattai; take a look at these flicks directed by Suseenthiran. he has always managed to make films in different genres, so is this a conscious effort? “i don’t want to be type casted; great directors like mani ratnam and Shankar have always worked in different genres. i want my films to be entertaining, it should keep the audience occupied for two hours,” director Suseenthiran said in an interview. Suseenthiran also revealed, “i prefer directing films based on real life rather than remakes. it is easy to make a film based on real life experience,” he added.

kamal’s viswaroopam
kamal haasan’s viswaroopam is a big budget thriller made simultaneously in tamil and hindi. according to sources, all the actors have asked to learn their dialogues in both languages. The film takes places in a couple of different places in the world and will be shot in the US and the Uk. There are also reports that actress andreah has been signed on play the female lead in the film. isha Sharvani, one of bollywood’s best classical dancers, who is reportedly dating indian bowler Zaheer khan, will also play a pivotal role (as kamal’s sister) in the film. apart from directing, kamal has also penned the screenplay, dialogues and lyrics for viswaroopam. The shoot of the movie is expected be completed in a shooting schedule of 100 days. The movie will be shot across Uk and Europe. Shankar, Ehsaan and loy will score the music. The movie is produced by telephoto films and scheduled to release on november 7, 2011.

amudhan’s

thalavali!
director amudhan, the man who made tamizh padam, an ultimate spoof on commercial mass movies that follow the same formula, is back with a bang. tamizh padam was the directorial debut of c.S. amudhan, who introduced a new genre in kollywood. The director’s next film, tentatively titled as Thalavali, will feature the look-alikes of kollywood stars ajith and vijay. looks like the director is ready with his next spoof. but will the fans of Thala and Thalapathy take it lightly?

vijays turns

james bond!
vijay is on a roll! following the success of velayudham, the actor will soon team up with a.r. murugadoss for his next. after completing that vijay will be joining hands with ace director gautham vasudev menon for his 55th movie, a detective story based in new york! The project has been titled yohan: adhyayam ondru! This dream project is scheduled to go on floors by June 2012, will have music by maestro a.r. rahman, and the camera will be handled by manoj paramahamsa. now the latest buzz is that vijay will play a James bond kind of a role in this film and the director is planning to make a series of films (like the James bond series) under the same title.

divya is a

world shaper
divya Spandana aka ramya, who is currently busy with Sidlingu and Ullasa in kannada, has been chosen as the global Shaper 2011 by world Economic forum for her achievements in the field of cinema and social work. She will now join a band of extraordinary achievers from across the world,who are together shaping the future of the world. “i am super excited about this recognition! world economic forum davos 2013, can’t wait, can’t wait. Thank you god,” an excited divya posted on his twitter page.

ReD caRPeT eveNTS
who said chennai’s night life isn’t happening? from fashion shows to karaoke nights to movie premieres to sinfully rocking parties, we have it all. and chennai’s a-listers who turn-up in their most fashionable do’s, sure know how to have fun!

nov 04 - nov 10, 2011

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ra.one premiere Show at Sathyam cinemas

7 aum arivu Special Show at Sathyam cinemas

thi Shak r acto dding we tion p r e ce

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eveNTS

nov 04 - nov 10, 2011

Fun parties & glitterati events - get high on liFe in the city!

director S p muthuraman presented with Sankara ratna award

Shanthnu at Sathyam cinemas for deepavali contest

the hippest, coolest and hottest events from cinema, lifestyle and more that rocked chennai in the last 7 days!! from music launches to fashion shows, movie premieres to product launches, hotel inaugurations to theatre fests... everything and anything that happens in the city.
vilayada vaa audio launch

NNAi CHe s HiGH
fans of vijay celebrate release of velayudham at kamala Theatre maanu arts presents bhishma dance drama performance

g! mate is galatta Express’ hot celeb pick every week. This week we have mallika Sherawat! we got a glimpse of her in dasavatharam. and now she’s all set to hot-up the screens with her dance number in osthe!

battle on debate competition at lady andal School

Superstar rajinikanth at bhishma show with 200 special children

mallika sherawat actor

Mate this week

illaiyaraaja’s wife Jeeva no more

ceNTRe STage

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richa daZZlES on galatta cinEma novEmbEr SpEcial
another galatta month begins! happy november people! add some zing to your month with a good dose of galatta scoops from tinseltown! The ravishing lady on our cover this month is richa gangopadhyay. She’s debuting in tamil cinema with mayakkam Enna opposite dhanush and osthe with Simbu. if that didn’t raise an eye-brow, what will? The rising star has a lot going for her as she begins her career in cinema and she’s got a lot to share. our cover story covers it all! Stepping behind the scenes, this month we chatted up three very interesting people: cinematographer madhie and editors Srikanth and praveen. They tell us what it takes to tell a story with their gear. did you know that madhie wanted to be in the hotel business? and that praveen apprenticed as an editor as a summer job? gc tells you all... a special feature we’ve got this month is the november nymphs that celebrates a bunch of stars that were born this month. catch up with emerging stars vikram prabhu and Sathya. what’s their back story? to subscribe to galatta cinema log on to: www.galattacinema.com

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Cover story

tHe birtH of A divA!

thiS bEngali babE madE hEr dEbUt in tElUgUdom in 2010 with thrEE of hEr moviES hitting ScrEEnS that yEar, Starting with SEkar kammUla’S lEadEr, followEd by nagavalli with vEnkatESh and mirapakay with ravi tEJa. now ShE iS going to End 2011 on a biggEr notE with hEr dEbUt in tamil cinEma with two moviES; mayakkam Enna with dhanUSh and oSthE with Str. and lookS likE thiS Upcoming actrESS haS all thE makingS of a Star and hEr moviES will rEaffirm thiS fact! talking about the glam-route, the path that most actresses today walk down with ease, she says, “glamour is subjective, even though it gets linked to exposure. glamour is not about what you wear or not wear, but about attitude. i am fiercely independent and trust my instincts. but all said and done, i will not expose just for the heck of it. yes, i am modern and wear western clothes and have lived in the US all my life. but that does not mean that i will ‘bare all’ at the drop of a hat! The important thing for me is to be classy and carry myself in a dignified manner in whatever i wear. The other thing is that the vibes i get from people around me also determine what i do. if i feel any odd vibes coming my way, i don’t take chances. i simply avoid those people and situations. my parents trust my judgment as well and know i would never do anything to embarrass my family or compromise my values. i believe that i am in control of my life and people will see me the way i see myself.” but does she fear competition? “i believe that the movie industry is big enough for everyone to find a space for themselves. There are some things that i can do better than others and vice versa. So it cannot be said definitely that one is the best or better than the others in all aspects. bitter competition and jealousy never help anyone and can only cause insecurity. and i believe in that philosophy and keep myself away from such negative thoughts. i am secure with my career choices and happy with my life. i am more concerned with improving myself and with the opportunities that i have got in telugu and now in tamil, i could not have asked for more. i love making friends, even with my competitors and i am confident that when they see me for the real me, the sense of competition will give way to camaraderie.” and the future? “my goal as an actress is to be versatile and not be stereotyped. i would love to explore new characters in my career. i want to prove that language is no barrier to me. i started with telugu movies and now i am entering tamil cinema. but my ultimate goal is to act in an indian film as the female lead which will become a global hit and my acting beccomes an inspiration to all, no matter whatever role i do.”

Photography: Dabboo Ratnani

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lifeSTyle

nov 04 - nov 10, 2011

caUght in t h E ac t

rAjApAttAi
Here’s wHAt you ouGHt to kNow About tHe movie:
>>The movie is directed by Suseenthiran and stars vikram and deeksha Seth. >> vikram plays the role of a gym instructor who comes to the city with a dream of becoming a big villain in tamil films. >> vikram will appear in several interesting get ups for a song in the film. >> rajapattai is pvp cinemas’ maiden production venture and according to the team, the film will impress all classes of audience.

SilveR ScReeN

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box-offiCe buzz

moviES to watch now!

Velayudham (Tamil) : with velayudham, ilayathalapathy vijay is back to his favourite forte; commercial entertainers. The film, directed by Jayam raja, also stars hansika motwani, genelia, Saranya mohan, Santhanam, m.S. bhaskar, Sathyan, pandirajan and Sayaji Shinde in pivotal roles. reportedly velayudham is made with a whopping budget of rs. 48 crores, which makes it vijay’s costliest film till date. it’s a vijay film through and through; he carries the entire film on his shoulder single handedly. he is a typical super hero here; he bashes the goons, mouths punch dialogues, dances well and loves his sister more than anything. his antics with Speedu (Santhanam) are rib-tickling. The brother-sister love is another major highlight of the film. despite all denials from the Jayam raja and his team, the movie is indeed an adaptation of super hit telugu film azad. vijay anthony’s racy tunes are perfect for the film with the songs ‘molaichu moonu’ and ‘rathathin rathame’ standing out. camera works by priyan and vijayan’s editing fits the bill. 7 aum ariVu (Tamil): 7 aum arivu is the story of bodhidharma (Suriya), a young prince from kancheepuram who traveled to china and preached martial arts which led to the creation of Shaolinquan. it’s about a young genetic Engineering research student Subha Srinivasan (Shruti haasan) who comes with a sensitive research topic which leads to many troubles. then there is aravind (Suriya), a talented circus artist who falls in love with Subha. and finally we have dong lee ( Johny tri nguyen) a loyal chinese servant and an expert in martial arts. he is on a secret mission to india. what brings these people together is the story. as usual Suriya does everything with perfection in this thriller. the first 20 min of the film (where he appears as bodhidharma) is a must watch and his hard work is visible on each and every scenes. vietnamese actor Johny tri nguyen is amazing! For reviews, previews, music, photo galleries, wallpapers, interviews, trailers, event pics and videos of the latest movies log on to www.galatta.com.

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