After allowing it to grow for four months, Ajith has now removed his beard.
Ajith is appearing in the role of aggressive police officer in Raju Sundaram directed ‘Ekan'. He is someone who destroys the opponent without thinking. So, he grew his heard for that role. Now that the action scenes have been shot, he has removed the beard.
Nayantara is his pair in ‘Ekan'. Now the romantic scenes are being shot. Along with them, Raju Sundaram is also shooting the scenes of Ajith's brother Navdeep.
Suhasini appears as Navdeep's mother. But she is not Ajith's mother, but his aunt. Suhasini is the second wife to Ajith's father.
The film will have equal weight for action and sentiment!
After news that Ajith has been admitted to the Apollo hospitals owing to his backache that recurred during the shoots of Kreedom in Vishakapatnam, his fans have been desperate to know the status of his health. Behindwoods’ inbox is thronged with mails from Ajith fans and special prayers are being conducted all over for his faster recovery.
Meanwhile, Shalini - while talking to a news source in this regard - stated that Ajith’s condition is normal now. She also said that Ajith would participate in the shoots of Kreedom that are proposed to be held in Chennai on Friday.
Besides, another news source from Vishakapatnam confirmed Shalini’s statement. Ajith’s ailment was due to the recurrence of his back pain and there need not be any concerns about the actor’s health, the source added.
Ajith's Kireedam has been receiving mixed reviews. The remake of Malayalam hit titled the same, Kireedam features Ajith, Trisha and Raj Kiran in lead roles.A sad ending to the movie, where Ajith's fails to realize his father's dreams of becoming a cop was not received well by Ajith-fans.
As a result, director A L Vijay has opted a change in the climax. Now the climax has been re-edited and it has a positive ending.Director Vijay says, “The movie is doing well at box-office especially in urban centres. But the climax has been changed due to request from Ajith fans and the audience in general. They want a positive ending”.
After acting in the remake of a Rajinikanth’s film, Ajith is all set to act in another remake. It will be a movie that featured the legendary actor ‘Nadigar Thilagam’ Sivaji Ganesan.
Sivaji Productions is planning to remake Sivaji’s blockbuster ‘Puthiya Paravai’, for which the choice of the director is yet to be decided.
Ajith will act in Sivaji’s role, while Prabhu will play the role of the distinctive actor M.R. Radha. The selection of heroine and music director will be made soon. It is tipped that either K.S. Ravikumar or Vishnuvardhan will direct the movie.
So it will be another remake to Ajith, whose market was redeemed by a remake.
Ajith and Shalini are proud parents of a baby girl.
A small flashback...
In 1999, Ajith and Shalini fell in love. When both parents agreed to the wedding, the function took place amidst great fanfare. The wedding reception at Taj Connemara was graced by film personalities from Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam as well as politicians.
After being free of any family responsibility all these years, Shalini's pregnancy got confirmed when Ajith was immersed in 'Billa' shooting in Malaysia. Despite being so occupied, he made periodic visits to be with his dear wife.
The due date was given as Dec end or Jan first week. Yesterday, Shalini was admitted to the hospital and the child was born early this morning at 1.30am through surgical means.Like any expectant father, Ajith was all tense till the doctor gave him the good news. His reaction was to immediately look heavenward and convey his thanks to the lord. He then spent joyous moments with wife and child when they were brought to their private room.
Resembling Ajith, the child weighs 3.3 kgs. Both mother and child are doing well. Ajith has celebrated the birth of his daughter by distributing sweets to friends and relatives.
For his next film, Ajith is busy fighting in Hong Kong. For his first directorial venture, Raju Sundaram is breaking his head as to who should pair with Ajith. After considering Shriya, Bipasha Basu and others, they have finally settled on Katrina Kaif.
Salman Khan is shooting for the Hindi version of 'Pokkiri' in Chennai and his girlfriend Katrina Kaif followed him here. When Raju Sundaram happened to meet her, he narrated the story of his new film. After a great deal of consideration, Kaif finally gave her assent, much to everyone's delight. Most actresses who come here from north India are not greatly lauded. Will Katrina change that?
As the Shahrukh Khan starrer ‘Chak de! India’ releases this week, we give you a lowdown on how Shahrukh prepared for the role - from choosing the hockey stick to performing the stunts and even growing a beard in between his commercials commitments!
SRK started training for his role for the coach with India Women’s Hockey Coach. He read and learnt about hockey and understood the commands of the whistles in order to get into the character.
The Hockey stick that SRK uses in the film belongs to the director Shimit Amin. When Shimit Amin first read the script he went out and bought a hockey stick to study it and during the course of the film SRK adopted the stick to be his own. And we see it in posters and in the film.
The opening scene of the film required SRK to fall during a speedy hockey sequence. Seeing how crucial the scene was SRK decided to do the stunt himself. Being shot on a Hockey stadium it gave no scope for any harnesses or any mat, however SRK still insisted on doing the shot himself. Due to the multiple camera coverage and continuity he had to perform the stunt 8 times which he did with exact continuity and the shot remains in the film.
‘Chak de! India’ is the first film in which SRK has ever sported a beard through out the film. The beard visible in the film is grown over a period of ten days. SRK had three different schedules during the film.
He would take ten days to grow out the beard. At the end of the schedule he would shave it. Shoot the commercials he was signed up for and begin the growing process again. This way he shaved and grew the beard three times for the film.
Shimit Amin is American and has picked up Hindi during the course of this film!
strong rumour mills around Tamil Cinema is that Ajith has signed a contract with the Superstar Rajinikanth's daughter Aishwarya's Ocher Studios to do a sequel of Billa under the banner. According to the sources, Ocher will pay a whopping Rs.10 crores as his salary for this project. If our information is true, Ajith is the only actor, who is getting such a huge amount as salary after the Superstar. This film will be directed by none other than the director of Billa -2007, Vishnuvardhan.
According to a source, the successful actor and director have completed the preliminary discussions and will continue the script work after returning from their Cannes trip. Just a couple of weeks ago, Soundarya successfully made a deal with Hollywood giant Warner Brothers to make feature films in all the four South Indian languages and Billa – 2 is the first film in the row.
It is said that Rajinikanth only gave the idea of booking Ajith for this new venture and tipped Ajith-Vishnu combination to make the sequel to Billa. The total budget of the film is Rs.30 crores and this project will be commenced in 2009, after the release of Ajith's project under Shivaji Productions.
Aalwar is Ultimate star Ajith’s latest venture, as we have already reported to you. Ajith’s personification in the movie is of a fearless and macho man! The Ultimate star has been grueling himself in the gym for the past two months and can now be seen with a brawny build for Aalwar. He has also put on 6 kilos for this movie!
Ajith is pairing with charming Asin in this movie. Mahadevan, Pasupathi, Sathyan and Manorama are playing important roles. Srikanth Deva is composing music and Ravi Maria has penned down the dialogues. Chella who has worked with director S.J.Suryah as associate director for the movies Vali, Kushi and New is at the helm of this movie. Producer Mohan Natarajan said that Aalwar’s shooting is scheduled to start from August 1st.
Ajith’s Billa is now almost ready and if everything goes on well as expected then the movie might make it just in time for Diwali. With this being so, projects seem to be knocking at Ajith’s doors. If sources are to be believed, then the actor’s next project could very well be for London Karunas’ Ayngaran Films.
Earlier, rumours were afloat in the Kollywood circles that Prabhu Deva would direct the movie. Well, now the focus has shifted to his elder brother Raju Sundaram. Gossip mills have it that when Raju approached Ajith with a story he seemed to have liked it and has given a go ahead signal. And the latest heart-throb, Shriya, could be Ajith’s arm candy in this film.
The movie is tentatively titled as Akbar, according to our sources and all details are expected to be announced formally in a few days. If everything falls in place, then Akbar may start rolling from December.
After the super success of Billa the glam Nayanthara pairs up with Ajith for the movie Aegan. This Raju Sundaram's film, featuring Ajith in the lead role, was said to be introducing Bollywood beauty Katrina Kaif.
After Katrina had pulled off from the venture, efforts were made to rope in queen of Telugu filmdom, Ileana into the venture.
Finally Nayana got the chance. The news is confirmed by reliable sources belonging to the production house Ayngaran International, which produces the film. It is believed that Nayan has been booked and paid an advance.
It will be a back to back film for Ajith-Nayan pair after the successful Billa. Nayantara, meanwhile, as already announced, will act in Kuselan in Hyderabad, in which she is paired with superstar Rajinikanth.
Kollywood actor Ajith's latest movie 'Gambler' which recently released and also packed up from many theaters in the state has Trisha in it. She agrees that her role in the film is not having any importance, yet she has joined the film only because she likes to pair with Ajith.
Speaking about him, Trisha said "I have two reasons to work in this film. The first one is, the film is directed by one of my favorite directors Venkat Prabhu and the second reason is to pair with Ajith.
Working with Venkat Prabhu is just like going to a picnic. He makes everything go smooth and with great ease. The specialty about Ajith is, he is a wonderful cook. Apart from the makeup kit in his vehicle he also maintains a small kitchen in it. Whenever we go on shooting he surely prepares a very special dish in his mobile kitchen. Especially, his Biryani is mouth watering. He cooks it very tasty. More over, working with him is a wonderful experience for any heroine. Although, he is very senior he moves very friendly with everyone in the sets. So, I don't want to miss any chance to work with him," said Trisha.
'Billa' is ready to be released on December 14. The whole unit has fond memories of the shooting that lasted for around 95 days. Ajith was staying in Hotel Legend, a star hotel in Kuala Lumpur. He moved with all the technicians with lot of affection. The technicians say that the ultimate star used to give treat to all the 75 members of the technicians team every week.
Ajith hasn’t given up his passion for adventures with the car. The technicians recall an incident that happened in the cable car location situated in Langkawi. The script has a scene in this location. Ajith drove the car across the gap between the two bridges constructed at the height of 2000 ft for the scene. He did not accept to have a dupe to act in the scene, which is highly risk to perform.
It is not surprising that Ajith, with an amazing mix of affection and brave heart, has stolen everyone’s heart in the unit. They firmly believe that the movie would do the same magic with the audience as well.
It is now close to three years that Ajith has given an interview to any of the newspapers or magazines. The star has finally decided to come out of the shell, for his interview has been featured in Ananda Vikatan's Independence Day special issue. The ultimate star opens his heart this time as he talks about his predilection for risks to philosophy.
Ajith disclosed that he had done a risky bungee jumping for Billa. And this, after several mishaps in his career both as racer and an actor. When asked about Trisha's comment that he is the best person in the Kollywood and Simbu's statement that he is one person who does not backbite, Ajith said that such remarks make him happy and was thankful for all those who have nice words for him.
Talking about the big transformation in his life, the actor said Rajini was instrumental in doing that. For it was the superstar who presented him with a book titled "Living with the Himalayan Masters." According to Ajith, the book had a great impact in his life which helped him mellow down a lot.
"I would have wondered if someone told me that a book had changed their lives, until I felt it myself," he stated.Ajith revealed that Billa has come out very well and would be talked for its technical details and stylishness. "I hope that it would take me to the next stage in my career," he said.
Raju Sundaram, the eldest of the three siblings of the terpsichorean family, is to enter into direction big time. For his maiden venture, Raju has managed to rope in Ajith Kumar, who is all gung ho about the reception from the audience for his magnum opus Billa. The team is busy hunting for a heroine in Mumbai and this project is all ready to hit the floors soon. Speaking on this project, Raju said that he was eager to work with Ajith as he is a very cooperative and dedicated actor, which is a rare breed these days.
When questioned on the theme of his upcoming project, he said that it is a fun-filled family entertainer and will have all the aspects that would satisfy Thala’s fans. Putting an end to our curiosity as to whether the movie will have a good number of dance sequences, as the director himself is a choreographer, he said that it would carry importance but will not deviate from the script, which will have good doses of humor.
Earlier, Raju used to give Ajith some easy dance steps as the actor had some difficulties after a spinal surgery; however, as per his instructions not to give any concessions, as it would lower the quality of the dance sequence, he would be given some challenging steps. Raju cited this incident as testimony to Ajith's sincerity and dedication. The shooting is expected to start soon after the casting is over and Ajith is ready to return from his self-imposed break, sometime in February. Now that's a combo to lookout for.
Mani Ratnam's next movie on India-Sri Lanka relations
Kollywood director Mai Ratnam has surprised everyone by suddenly arriving to Ramoji Film City on the Sunday last, where Kollywood actor Ajith’s Billa-2 shooting is going on. He came there to narrate a story line of his film and to take his consent for acting in this movie. This time, Mani Ratnam has chooses a controversial subject ‘Indian fisherman caught by Sri Lankan navy and about their miserable lives in the jails.’ Ajith and Mani Ratnam had an hour long meeting discussing this subject and it came to know Ajith has agreed to act in his movie. No need to say, it will be made in Tamil and will be released in Telugu in dubbed version. The full details of this movie may surface in a couple of months.
Billa-2 is directed by Chakri Toleti and has newbie Huma Quereshi as Ajith’s onscreen pair.
The evergreen Simran is back in news. This talented actress, who has conquered many a hearts with her performance and dances, has been hibernating for quite some time in marital bliss. Just recently she staged a comeback with a few ad projects. With this, her fans started speculating if she might foray into full-time acting.
Simran For those eager to know about Simran's next move, here it is. Word that is doing rounds in Kollywood is that she may start her own production house. Sources close to Simran say that having had a huge success starring opposite Ajith in Vaali, she just might rope in Ajith for her maiden project. However, there are speculations that Bharath, who is one of the top heroes in South India at present, is also being considered.