Kamala , wife of the late, Sivaji Ganesan, died at St.Isabel Hospital, Chennai today. Kamala was 68 and died after prolonged illness. She is survived by sons, actor Prabhu and Ramkumar and daughters, Thenmozhi and Shanthi. Her body has been taken to the family residence in Boag Road.
Padmini, an actress of yesteryears who was paired with popular heroes like Dev Anand, Raj Kapoor, MGR, Sivaji Ganesan and Prem Nazir, died of cardiac arrest at a hospital in Chennai on Sunday night.
The 74-year-old actress and dansuese is survived by a son, who is settled in the United States.
A classical dancer, Padmini started learning dance at an early age of four and came to film industry in 1949. She had paired with popular heroes like Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand. M G Ramachandran, Sivaji Ganesan, Prem Nazir and Raj Kumar.
Leaving the film carreer after her marriage with Dr K T Ramachandran, she left for the United States, where she started the famous Padmini School of Fine Arts at New Jersey.
Born in Poojapura in Thiruvananthapuram on July 12, 1932, she along with her elder sister Lalitha and younger sister Ragini were called the 'Famous Travancore Sisters'.
Two of the trio died two years back. Her husband also passed away in 1981, after which she came back to India and started acting in Tamil films. Her role as a dancer in 'Thillana Mohanambal' pairing with Sivaji Ganesan, had won critical acclaim.
Even on Saturday last, she made a public appearance to participate in the film world felicitation to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi. Family sources said the funeral would take after the arrival of her son Anand from US.
After acting in the remake of a Rajinikanthís film, Ajith is all set to act in another remake. It will be a movie that featured the legendary actor ĎNadigar Thilagamí Sivaji Ganesan.
Sivaji Productions is planning to remake Sivajiís blockbuster ĎPuthiya Paravaií, for which the choice of the director is yet to be decided.
Ajith will act in Sivajiís 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.
Rajnikanth's Sivaji, directed by Shankar, is being dubbed and released in Hindi. Produced by AVM, Sivaji went to shatter all box-office records.
The original Tamil film had a song featuring Rajnikanth and Shriya in which Rajnikanth appeared as MGR, Sivaji Ganesan and Kamal Haasan. The Telugu version featured Rajnikanth disguised as NTR, Nageswarar Rao and Chiranjeevi.
According to sources, Rajnikanth will now impersonate Dev Anand, Shammi Kapoor and Shah Rukh Khan in the dubbed version. The portions would be shot in Chennai soon. The Hindi version will be released for Deepavali.
The parents of popular TV artist and film comedian Sivaji Raja approached the high court and asked for maintenance. They alleged that their son was not taking care of them in their old age. Sivaji Raja refuted these charges and said that his parents were greedy and were always after his money. They had no affection towards him or his wife and children. Sivaji Rajaís parents alleged that he always asked them to consume pesticide and end their lives as they were worthless.
The NTR fans turned up in large numbers for the wedding. While NTR had invited a large number of his fans for the wedding, many more turned up to watch the wedding.
As a result, there was a mad scramble for passes, as the security personnel did not allow anyone without passes to enter the venue. The irate fans then staged a dharna in front of NTRís office demanding passes.
2011/10/21 11:28:07 The Lok Satta Party has welcomed the RTC decision to make up for losses suffered by bus pass holders by extending the validity of their passes for the duration of the strike by RTC workers.
Issuance of bus passes making up for days lost to those who have already renewed their passes and those who have taken new identity cards on expiry of old ones and extension of the working hours of counters issuing passes are welcome, said Lok Satta Party‚Äôs GHMC unit convener M Satyanarayana here on Friday.
The Lok Satta Party leader wanted the RTC to extend the benefit to student and physically challenged bus pass holders and open more counters for issuing of passes. (INN)
Mega Star Chirnajeevi's father Konidela Venkat Rao passes away today morning around 7.30 in Hyderabad. He is staying with his wife Smt Anjani Devi in his own house No161, in MLA Colony of Jubilee Hills. Venkatrao survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters Chiranjeevi, Nagababu, Pavan Kalyan, Vijaya Madhavi and Durga.
Venkatrao was suffering with heart problem past some time and he was admitted to Applo Hosipital after the doctors satisfied with his health conditions he was discharges. In the morning he suffered a stroke and breathed his last. All his sons were in town. K Raghavendrarao, Balakrishna, MS Reddy, Ramanaidu and Brahmanandam visited Venkatrao's residence and paid tributes tothe departed soul.
Dhanush who recorded an impressive success with Thiruvilayadal Aarambam continued his streak into Polladhavan too. He has just finished Yaaradi Nee Mohini and has singed on the dotted line for yet another Vetrimaran directed flick after Polladhavan.
Besides the actor is also committed for a film produced by Vijaya productions of Thamirabarani fame. Since Thiruvilayadal Aarambam was inspired from Sivaji Ganesanís Thiruvilayadal and Polladhavan from Rajinikanthís film of the same name and the films have proved successful at the box office, the crew is scouting for a suitable title of yesteryear film where Sivaji and Rajinikanth had featured together. In all likelihood Viduthalai or Padikkadhavan may be considered.
This new project of Dhanush will be directed by Suraj who made people sit up and take notice with his Marudhamalai and Thalainagaram. Director Suraj had proved that his forte is comedy and a combination with Dhanush who in his own capacity had demonstrated that he can carry any comical sequence with consummate ease should work wonders. Good luck to the team.
Controversy has stalked superstar Kamal Hassan everytime he has embarked on a new venture.
The latest confronting him is the charge of plagiarism of the story line of his new film Dasavatharam, in which he is playing as many as ten roles.
However, when contacted, Kamal Hassan said he was least worried about the charge. ''I have better things to do. I don't want to speak on it'', the actor retorted.
In the latest controversy a person approached the police and lodged a complaint that the script of Kamal Hassan's Dasavatharam (meaning ten incarnations), is based on a story written by him and that he had given the script to the actor some time ago.
The man, who has warned of legal action against the actor, also claimed that Kamal accepted to consider the story for a possible film and make him the assistant director, if the project fructifies. But, he never heard anything from the actor.
However, jumping to Kamal's defence, a Tamil film industry source said, ''Such wild charges need to be ignored. Some person or the other has been doing it with an intention of drawing financial gains out of it.''
Kamal's present predicament is reminiscent of a similar charge, which a film of the thespian, late Sivaji Ganesan, Devamagan faced in 1969.
The film, which also entered for Oscars in
the foreign film category, survived a legal battle and turned out to be a box office hit.
Sivaji Ganesan's portrayal of father and two sons won great acclaim for the actor.
Kamal had first faced trouble over the title of his own directorial venture Virumandi, again over the title Vasool Raja MBBS, the remake of Munnabhai MBBS, and two years ago, a leading political party objected to the English title MumbaiXpress.
Sivaji Raja gets support from Nagababu and Srikanth
2008/4/1 14:53:55 Sivaji Raja is now reeling under the adverse media publicity over the strained relationship with his parents. His parents have approached the court and have filed a case asking the court to direct their son Sivaji Raja to give them 15,000 rupees as maintenance every month.
Siavajiís parents allege that their son is neglecting them completely in their old age. Sivaji alleges that his parents are cruel and selfish and they deserve no compassion or sympathy. Hero Srikanth and Nagababu have now come to the aid of Sivaji Raja. They said that they know him for nearly two decades now. He is a nice and a decent gentleman and there is no truth in the allegations that he has been neglecting his parents. They termed it unfortunate that a family issue has now been dragged on to the streets.
2008/4/29 14:56:35 The latest rumour doing the round I that actor Sivaji is now in love with Sangeetha. He and Sangeetha acted in the film 'Adirindayya Chandram. The two are reported to have hit it of at that time.
The young hero Sivaji is so smitten by her that he has now recommended her for the new film 'Maa Aayana Chantipilladu'. The two are now seen enjoying each others company immensely
Rajni is not only breaking all records with his film Sivaji but he is also helping others. The person to benefit is none other than the heroine of Sivaji Shreya. Her career was not going anywhere and her movies in Telugu had almost stopped. Even in Tamil she did not have any films on hand.
All this has changed now. After the release of Sivaji, she is being flooded with offers. She has in a few days of the release of Sivaji bagged no less than a dozen offers both in Tamil as well as Telugu. So donít be surprised if you see Shreya shouting Sivaji Zindabad! and Rajnikanth Zindabad!
The prestigious NT Ram Rao memorial national award instituted by the state government will be conferred on noted Hindi actress of yesteryear Waheeda Rehman. An announcement to this effect was made the government today. The award caries a cash prize of 5 lakhs, a medal and a citation.
Sivaji Ganesan, Dr Kannada Rajkumar, Ilayaraja, Ambarish, natasekhara Krishna are among the previous recipients of the award.
The television rights of AVM's Rajnikanth starrer Sivaji, has been sold to the yet to be launched Kalaignar TV, for a whopping amount. The channel itself will become operational only from August 15, 2007.
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It is a major setback for Kalanidhi Maran owned Sun TV, which had grabbed all the earlier Rajnikanth TV rights. Sun TV, which had the best Tamil film library in the world will be hit badly by this development. Remember Sun TV got record TRP's telecasting Rajnikanth films like- Baasha, Padayappa, Baba regardless of the number of times. Sun TV too has the rights of Chandramukhi which is due for telecast in 2008.
Kalaignar TV will run as the mouth piece of DMK, though officially it will be run as a Raj TV enterprise. Kollywood, the traditional fence sitters have already switched their allegiance to Kalaignar TV.
Vikram has made up his mind. He will act in a Susi Ganesan film. Things have been finalized after a long period of yes, no and maybe. Part of the uncertainty is due to the delay of Bheemaa. There were also speculations that Vikram was considering a script by director Mysskin.
But as things stand now, Chiyaan will work for Susi Ganesan.
The movie has been titled Kandasaamy. Shriya will be seen opposite Vikram for the first time. The camera will be handled by Egambaram and Devi Sri Prasad (Sachein fame) will be scoring the music.
The title gives no clue as to what the movie is all about. It could be anything from an action flick to a comic caper. No one from the Kandasaamy camp is willing to reveal anything. Shooting starts on the 15th of February.
South Indian Super Star Rajanikanth, who visited Tirumala to seek the blessings of the Lord, says, 'There are many expectations on the film 'Sivaji' in my fans in particular and the audiences in general. We made the film to reach their expectations. I visited Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala before the launch of the 'Sivaji' shooting and I vowed to return to Tirumala after the completion of the shooting.
Now I came to Tirumala to fulfil my vow. A major part of the film was shot in the US. For the first time, I played hero in the direction of Shankar for 'Sivaji' and we are sure that the film would be a big hit.' Meanwhile, it is reliably learnt that Sandhya of 'Premiste' and 'Annavaram'-fame joined the team of 'Sivaji'. It is not that she is pairing up with Sivaji or shaking her legs with him but she is lending her voice to Shriya.
The entire film unit is maintaining utmost secrecy on the story of the film. Another speciality is that Big B of the Bollywood is appearing in a lawyer's role, while Nayanatara is doing an item song for this film.
College students in Vizag emulate SDZ This is an incident of how a good example in a film can influence the people to follow the right path. SDZ is about Gandhian values and principles. Chiranjeevi sends flowers to the villain in a bid to bring about a change in him.
The youngster who normally follows all the bad examples set in films, have for a change adopted a good example. The students from a private college in Visakhapatnam were denied bus passes by the authorities citing some rules.
The students have been pressing for bus passes for more than two months now, ever since the college opened. But the film Shankar Dada Zindabad seems to have come as a boon for them.
They followed Chiranjjeviís method in the film and started sending flowers to the concerned officials of the RTC. The officials were moved by the novel protest and have now agreed to issue bus passes to them. Shankar Dada Zindabad!
The Karnataka government is producing a documentary on veteran multilingual actress B. Saroja Devi, who ruled the roost for more than three decades but is now leading a quiet life here.
The recipient of the Padma Bhushan award was a heartthrob of millions, particularly in Karnataka and neighbouring Tamil Nadu, and lit up the screen as a vivacious personality in over 300 films in five languages - Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi.
Veteran K.S.L. Swamee is directing the documentary and Kumari Hithaishini is playing the role of a young Saroja Devi. Well-known cinematographer Manjunath wields the camera and Pandit Pravin Godkindi scores music for the documentary.
'The focus of the documentary will be on her contribution to Kannada cinema, but the film will also deal with her career as 'a multilingual actor',' said Swamee.
The shooting started a few days ago in the St. Theresa Primary School at Chamarajpet, the actress' alma mater. She was also felicitated by the students for her achievements in life.
Saroja Devi made her debut at the age of 11 in the Kannada film 'Mahakavi Kalidasa'. Directed by the late Honnappa Bhagavathar, the film was released in 1956. She went on to star in popular Kannada films like 'Anna Thangi' and 'Schoolmaster'. She also has the privilege of working in the first colour film of Kannada titled 'Amarashilpi Jakanachari'.
Later she moved to Tamil filmdom and made a big mark there too. She played leading female roles with each of the famous trio Sivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan and M.G. Ramachandran. All the three actors dominated Tamil cinema from the late 1950s to 70s.
She teamed up with Sivaji in hits like 'Bhagappirivinai' and 'Palum Pazhamum', played a memorable role with Gemini in 'Kalyanapparisu', and matched MGR's larger than life persona in mass entertainers like 'Nadodi Mannan'.
She served as chairperson of the Karnataka State Film Industry Development Corporation.
The actress was born and brought up in Bangalore and moved there after taking a break from films. She was married to Sri Harsha, an engineer working with Bharat Electronics Limited. After Harsha's death, the actress is leading a quiet life and has been a role model for many leading heroines.
She is hugely respected by leading personalities of the Kannada film industry and continues to be a guiding force to the Kannada film artists association.