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And the rumours that she has bid adieu to acting keep coming... Nayantara however, denies them all. Yes, she is going to wed choreographer-turneddirector Prabhudeva, but quitting cinema is not in the books... at least, not yet! “I am awaiting the release of Sri Rama Rajyam. And I am yet to sign on other movies. But that does not mean I have completely quit. If I had made such a decision I would openly mention it to the press,” Nayantara is said to have stated in response to the rumours of her early retirement.
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Will DhAnush repeAt the MAgic?

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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!

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Dhanush- Selvaraghavan’s much awaited mayakkam Enna is in its final schedule. The shooting is progressing in Coimbatore and according to sources, only one song remains to be shot. tollywood actress Richa Gangopadhyay replaced Andreah Jeremiah as the leading lady. UtV motion Pictures has acquired the release rights of this film produced by Dhanush’s father kasthuri Raja and it has music by G.V. Prakash. Brothers Selvaraghavan and Dhanush amazed kollywood audiences with Thulluvatho Ilamai, touched their hearts with kadhal konden, and enthralled them with Pudhupettai. So let’s hope that the duo repeats the magic again.

Arjun’s MAAsi on
26th August...
Action king Arjun, who celebrated his birthday on 15th August, has been in news for his important role in Ajith’s mankatha. meanwhile, Arjun is ready with his next cop film maasi, directed by kiccha ofBhavani IPS fame and produced by k.S. kovai mani under Anbu lakshmi Films banner. The film is all set to hit screens on August 26, 2011. Hema and newcomer Archana play the female leads. The star cast includes mayilsamy, kota Srinivasa Rao, Pandu, Ponambalam,Dhool Shakuntala and Pradeep Ravath Singh of Ghajini fame.

Inbox 1305 Third Anniversary Celebration

vishAl’s veDi- Music lAunch soon!
After impressing everyone with his performance in Avan Ivan, Vishal is back to looking like a handsome urban hunk in Prabhudeva’s Vedi. Vedi has Sameera Reddy playing Vishal’s love interest and the movie, produced by Gk Film Corporation, is said to be a full on entertainer with the right amount of sentiment. The music composed by Vijay Anthony is to be launched on the 1st of September. with the audio being launched soon, we guess the movie would be out soon too!

hAnsikA is
A stuDent!
No, she is not playing the role of a student in any movie! Hansika who is considered as the actress who grew up too soon, is doing a graduate degree in Political Sciences, despite her hectic movie schedules. After completing the talkie portion of Rajesh directed Oru kal Oru kannadi(tamil), written and directed by m. Rajesh with producer Udhayanidhi Stalin as the hero, tamil-telugu actress Hansika has left for the US. Reportedly, she is off to US for 10 days to appear for her exams.

hArris jAyArAj to give A Double Delight!
As his songs in ko are still being relished, music Director Harris Jeyaraj is now much excited about two of his upcoming and much awaited movies – 7am Arivu and Nanban. The musician confirms that 7am Arivu’s music is complete and that it will release in another 2 weeks and in Nanban, he says, 3 songs out of 5 has are complete. He says that both the movies have been challenging for different reasons – 7am Arivu because of its different subject and Nanban because he has to live up to the bar set by the Hindi original.

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Nayantara’s successful run in cinema has been stamped with rumour and scandal, but that never took away her starry sheen. She continues to be one of the most wanted leading ladies down south. Her romance with Prabhudeva was splattered all over the media but the couple stood their ground and now with his divorce finally coming through, they care all set to tie the knot. word has it that the wedding will take place in mumbai. Friends to the couple state that they want to keep the marriage low-key and that’s one of the reason why they have picked mumbai, given their popularity down South. Nayantara’s up coming movie Sri Rama Rajyam, a re-telling of a section in the Ramayana, has her playing Sita. And the actress made quite an impression on the entire team. Before shooting began, certain religious groups objected to her playing the part given her real-life affair with a married man, however,

“I don’t know if I will or won’t act again. I haven’t signed any movies now and i have nothing to say about this or prabhudeva to the media. but as of Now my priorities have changed.”
the makers of Sri Rama Rajyam did not heed their protests and by the end of the film, the whole team was thoroughly impressed and inspired by her dedication and hard-work. The actress got so involved with the character that on the very last day of shoot, she broke down on the sets of the movie! These tears were sparked rumours that her acting career had come to and end, but now we know better. Nayan’s involvement with her role in the movie showed even in her personal life, because for as long as she was playing Sita, she was on a strict vegan diet! The one thing however, that we hear she was reluctant to give up on was the mole on her lip. Since she is playing such a worshiped character, director Bapu felt that the mole might give an unwanted sensual appeal to the character. However, Nayan refused to have the mole camouflaged with make-up, and so Bapu ended up getting it removed during the post-production!

Sunil and Urmila Anniversary Party at The Pod



14th Gollapudi Srinivas National Award for Best Debut Director 2010



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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.

muran Audio launch

Celebrities at Satyameva Jayathe Album launch

Engeyum Eppothum PoiNt of coNverGeNce
Engeyum Eppodhum is the first ever film produced by the much appreciated and respected director AR murugadoss and that is being considered as a strong backing for the movie. But the producer himself begs to differ, “The story and screenplay is the strongest backing for this movie. I was impressed with Saravanan’s (director) script and that is why agreed to produce it.” what more, the movie is also co-produced by Fox Studios! The plot revolves around two couples whose paths converge in an unexpected manner in the grand finale. Jai plays the lead role and has Anjali, Ananya and Sarwanand for company. The casting makes us understand that the movie will have two love stories and rumours are that one of the love story is set in Chennai and the other one is set in trichy and the two stories join together in a kick ass climax! “I am very excited to be a part of this movie. I have a very good role and it is a prestigious project to be associated with”, said actor Jai as his co-star Sarwanand nodded in agreement. Both the heroines, Anjali and Ananya are up and coming actresses but there seems to be no bad blood between them. Anjali said that it had been a wonderful experience and there had been no ego hassles. Ananya praised the team and said she was delighted to have bagged such a wonderful character so early in her career. The movie’s music composed by newcomer Sathya was recently launched and it came of praise for its lyrics by Na. muthukumar and some good music! Director Saravanan who has already directed a hit film in telugu, is upbeat about the project and assures that it will be a big success! “There is a lot of expectation for EE since it is the first ever production from my mentor’s stable”, says Saravanan. “It is a romantic flick and the title suggests the theme — loving and being loved is happening everywhere. It is a jolly ride till the climax,” he claims. Engeyum Eppodhum will be another breezy romantic entertainer, but with a difference. Produced by AR murugadoss and directed by his erstwhile assistant Saravannan, EE is a double love story with an engaging climax. with a talented cast comprising of Jai, Sarwanand, Anjali and Ananya, EE has been grabbing eye balls for long now. The buzz got louder when actor Suriya released the audio of the movie and the music by newcomer Sathya won praises. The excited and upbeat team seems to be pretty sure that they have a successful movie in hand and loads to celebrate! tANGY tRIVIA: >> Sarwanand is also known as Ram and is a big hero in telugu industry. His movie Gamyam won him critical acclaim and it was also remade to tamil as kadhalna Summa Illa with him and Ravi krishna in the lead. >> Director Saravanan has penned lyrics for two songs in this film- ‘maasama’ and ‘Uyir Arundhadhe’.

NNAi cHe s HiGH
Screening of Thuvandha Yuddham Short Film Cheran at Independence Day Celebration g! mate is Galatta Express’ hot celeb pick every week. This week we have karthi, who is going great guns in tamil cinema.

Photography: SUNDER RAmU Styling: VIRA SHAH makeup: BABU Hair: PINkY OF RACHEl’S StUDIO tANUk Casual wardrobe and inspiration: BASICS lIFE

Log on to www.galatta.com for more news and pictures of Engeyum Eppodhum. You can also listen to and download the songs of this movie on music.galattta.com

launch of Cafe Coffee Day The lounge Journals with G Venkat Ram

sundeR RAmu in mAYAkkAm ennA
Photographer Sunder Ramu, who has been closely associated with the Galatta family through his phenomenal photo shoots for the Galatta Cinema magazine, will now be seen in front of the camera for mayakam Enna. Sunder Ramu is a talented dancer, theatre artiste and one of the leading photographers in the country. The film, directed by Selvaraghavan, is in its final schedule. The shooting is progressing in Coimbatore and according to sources, only one song remains to be shot. tollywood sensation Richa Gangopadhyay is the leading lady. For the first time, Dhanush will play the role of a doctor. The film, which is produced and distributed by UtV motion Pictures. Ramji (of Raam fame) handles the camera. kola Bhaskar is the editor. The music for the movie is composed by G.V. Prakash. keep logging on to www.galatta.com for more updates on the movie.

A YummY-licious RAmAdAn!
Ramadan or Ramzan is the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar, which goes on for 30 days. Though people fast during day time, the night meal is extremely important and consists of the most delicious dishes possible. On the last day of Ramadan, a huge feast is made and everyone wear new clothes and celebrations reach the peak. As Ramadan is most famous for the yummy food, here is a special Ramadan snack recipe that you can try at home! BREAD PAkORA (Serves 4; Prep & Cook time: 30 mins) You need... Bread slices (2 nos.), Curd (5 tbsp), Chilli Powder (½ tsp), Salt (½ tsp), Baking Powder (¼ tsp), Green Chillies (4 nos.), Coriander leaves (4 tbsp), white Cumin Seeds (½ tsp), Gram flour (½ cup), Oil, water. Cook it up! 1. Remove the sides of the bread slices and crumble it. 2. Soak it in a mix of curd and water. 3. Add in chopped green chillies, coriander leaves, salt, baking powder, cumin seeds, chilli powder and gram flour. 4. mix it well. 5.Deep fry and serve hot with coriander chutney/ tomato ketchup!

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News iN focus sAmeerA to be coNsidered for viswArooPAm?
kAMAl hAAsAn goes on A heroine hunt!
It has been in news for long that kamal Haasan’s Viswaroopam will be one of the costliest films ever made in India and a dream project but kamal seems to be totally unlucky in finding a suitable heroine for the project. His first choice was the Bollywood beauty Sonakshi Sinha but that did not happen due to several reasons ranging from date problems and some buzz that she was not compatible for the movie. And then there was a rumour that Deepika Padukone, Rajni’s heroine in Rana, was considered for the role but the makers thrashed it. After this, one news which made maximum noise was that 180 heroine Priya Anand might be cast in a role but that also reached the dead end when kamal denied it. Another speculation that was making rounds was that, Bollywood actress Isha Sharwani, a trained dancer, was to be cast in the role of the second heroine. this news was neither clear nor confirmed. Finally, sources say that the sexy siren Sameera Reddy has been approached to play the leading lady. So far, this has neither been confirmed nor denied by people closely associated with the film. Apart from directing the film, kamal has also penned its screenplay, dialogues and lyrics. Sources also confirm that Viswaroopam will be a trilingual being made simultaneously in tamil, telugu and Hindi.the shoot of Viswaroopam is likely to be completed in 100 days. Shankar, Ehsaan and loy will score the music of Viswaroopam, produced by telephoto Films and scheduled to release by end of this year. Sameera who delighted the tamil audience in Vaaranam Aayiram, will certainly suit this movie, for she can appeal to the tamil, telugu and Hindi audience. we sincerely hope he finds the best heroine soon and everything goes as per plan!

box-office buzz
RowthiRam (tamil) : Jiiva’s next after ko, Rowthiram is an action entertainer with a social message. It tells the story of Shiva ( Jiiva) who is close to his grandfather who teaches him to fight all atrocities and he does just that and during the course of fighting against miscreants, he locks horns with two dons. what happens after that forms the rest of the movie. Shirya Saran plays the role of Priya, a bubbly law student who is a supportive girlfriend of Jiiva. Director Gokul, who is also in charge of the story and screenplay, could have trimmed certain sequences in the second half and made the film more racy. the songs fail to make an impression with ‘maalai mangum Neram’ being an exception. Every actor has given a good performance and the movie would be a lot better if certain sequences are pruned off.


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Superstar Rajinikanth expressed his grief and condolences over the death of Bollywood legend Shammi kapoor. “I am a great admirer and a huge fan of Shammiji. His energy on screen is a treat to watch and I have loved every bit of it. His demise is a huge loss to the film industry and fraternity and mainly to his millions of fans. I convey my heart felt condolences to all in his family,” Rajinikanth said in a statement. “O mere sona... you will always live in our hearts,” he added. Shammi kapoor, 79, passed away recently due to chronic renal failure. the veteran actor recently shot with his grand-nephew Ranbir kapoor for the latter’s upcoming film Rockstar. the Galatta team condoles the death of the first rockstar of Hindi Cinema!



aaRakshan (hindi) : Ever since the movie was announced, it has been mired with controversies for its strong subject. Aarakshan, directed by Prakash Jha, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali khan, manoj Bajpai and Deepika Padukone, deals with a very sensitive subject of reservation and commercialization of education institutions. Centred on one of the most controversial issues of recent years, the story suddenly becomes a roller-coaster ride of high drama, conflict and rebellion, which tests their love and friendship between the characters and their loyalty to each other. The movie boasts of splendid performances by all the leads but the long duration of the movie is a huge deterrent. Despite being inspirational and thought provoking, the movie does not offer any solutions but merely addresses the issue and gives a peek into what is actually happening around us. Captain ameRiCa: the FiRst avengeR (english): This movie is primarily based on the early days of the marvel Universe and is set during the world war II. The movie is about a wannabe military aspirant, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), who is deemed unfit for the armed forces because of his physical condition. Out of desperation, he volunteers to participate in a top secret experimental program that turns him into a super soldier known as Captain America, a super hero who is dedicated to defending America’s ideals. together with his team, he wages a war against Red Skull, Nazi’s secret research department. The simple, yet taut story line is surely a plus for the movie. All the characters have been cast to perfection, and they ensure that the liveliness of the movie is not lost at any stage. Director Joe Johnston has striven hard to ensure that the movie is not too hyped up with the superhero stuff, but is toned down with more reality than fantasy. This is one of the best superhero flicks in recent times.

SPY kIDS: All tHE tImE IN tHE wORlD (English): This film revolves around twins named Rebecca and Cecil (Rowan Blanchard and mason Cook), who do not like their step mother marissa Cortez wilson (Jessica Alba), the wife of spy-hunting reporter wilbur wilson (Joel mcHale). But what the kids are not aware of is that marissa is a retired agent for the OSS (Organization of Super Spies) which has since become the world’s top spy agency and former HQ of the now-defunct Spy kids division. when Earth is threatened by an organization led by an evil mastermind known as “the timekeeper” (Jeremy Piven), she is called back into action by the OSS. Previous Spy kids Carmen and Juni Cortez (Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara) also join in the adventure.

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mERE BROtHER kI DUlHAN (Hindi): Producer Yash Chopra is back with mere Brother ki Dulhan starring Imran khan, katrina kaif and Ali Zafar. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, is a musical romantic comedy set amongst an upper cast North Indian family. From the title, we can assume that Imran falls in love with his brother’s dulhan (bride) and everything goes topsy turvy! katrina kaif is seen sporting a rock star grunge look in the movie and the character she plays is said to be a unique one. The movie has music by Sohail Sen and is set to release on the 9th of September.

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Singer Adnan Sami celebrated his birthday on August 15. Check out how much you know about this talented musician! 1) Adnan Sami holds a Canadian passport. true or False? 2) Adnan was married to a famous Pakistani actresss. Name her. 3) He has sung the song Oru kal Oru kannadi from the movie Siva manasula Sakthi. true or False? 4) Adnan Sami was introduced to South Cinema by.... a)A.R.Rahman b)Yuvanshankar Raja c)Harris Jayaraj winners will receive CDS, DVDs as prizes sponsored by Ayngaran and AP International.

Siblings in cinema is not a new phenomenon. Based on the hints below identify the siblings in malayalam cinema. 1. These two sisters created a storm in tamil and malayalam cinema. The daughter of one of the actresses is debuting in malayalam opposite Santosh Sivan. 2. These three sisters were quite a talented lot and created a niche for themselves. One of these three was a popular lead actress in tamil as well and is still known for her character roles. 3. These 2 brothers are a bundle of talent. Their parents too were actors. winners will receive CDS, DVDs as prizes from AP International. You can send your entries to us at: Galatta Express Contest, Post Box No. 7166. Chennai - 600 102 or email to contests@galatta.com

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