Monday, October 15, 2012


Santhanam’s now in a Sivaji film remake

We hear that actor Y Gee Mahenrda is planning to remake the 1982 film Paritchaiku Neramaachu. The original movie had Sivaji Ganesan playing an orthodox father, while Y Gee played his son. But here's the big news. He has zeroed in on comedian Santhanam to be part of the remake.
When we contacted the comedian, he too confirmed the news. "Yes, we discussed it when I went to watch Y Gee Mahendra's play. But the talks are still at a very nascent stage," said Santhanam.
From stage to screen
Paritchaikku Neramaachu was adapted from a stage play written by Vietman Veedu Sundaram. It was staged first by Y Gee Mahendra's drama troupe and became a success. Impressed by it, Muktha V Srinivasan made it into a film. Sivaji Ganesan's role as Nadathur Narasimhachari, an orthodox Brahmin, was much appreciated.

Prabhu proud of Vikram

Prabhu is a happy father. The veteran actor says his son Vikram Prabhu, who is making his acting debut with 'Kumki', took immense pains to get his act right.
"After completing studies at the Theatre of Arts College in Santiago State University, Vikram assisted Vishnuvardhan in Sarvam. Then he wanted to try his hands at acting," says Prabhu.
"Vikram worked very hard and shed 30 kgs. His wife assisted him a lot to achieve his mission. I am hopeful that his performance in Kumki will be talked about," he adds.
Directed by Prabhu Solomon, 'Kumki' produced by Lingusamy's Tirupathi Brothers has music by D Imman. Lakshmi Menon, who made an impressive debut with 'Sundarapandian', is the leading lady.

‘Permit unveiling of Sivaji Ganesan’s statue’

Mr. Elangovan urged the State government to take steps for the construction of a manimandapam for the late actor in the site already allotted at Chennai.
He also pleaded with the government to give permission to unveil the statue of Sivaji Ganesan in Tiruchi city.

Sivaji Ganesan was simple and courageous

The 84th anniversary of ‘Nadigar Thilagam’ Chevalier Sivaji Ganesan was celebrated on October 1st.  The elder son of the legendary actor, Ram Kumar Ganesan welcomed the gathering and the guest of honour, the Governor of Tamil Nadu, Shri. Rosaiah. Directors Santhana Bharathi and TP Gajendran were also spotted at the event.

The governor, while addressing the gathering, was all praise for Sivaji Ganesan. He recollected the days he spent with the actor while campaigning in Andhra Pradesh. “We were good friends, even though we mostly met for political reasons,” he added. About Sivaji’s acting, the Governor said, “There wasn't a single character he couldn't do and none can do a character as perfect as he could. His simplicity and courage were his USPs. I would say, he along with other legends like MGR, NTR and NS Krishnan were the greatest contributors of Indian Cinema.”

The Sivaji family took the opportunity to honour veterans like K Balachander, actress Kanchana, and Thavil exponent ‘Valayapatti’ AR Subramaniyam. A sum of Rs 50,000 was also donated towards the Sivaji Prabhu Charitable Trust.

Forum seeks nod for unveiling Sivaji Ganesan statue

Tiruchi Mavatta Sivaji Manram has urged the State government to accord permission for unveiling the statue of late Sivaji Ganesan at the Prabhat theatre junction at Palakkarai with immediate effect.
The life-size bronze statue of the veteran thespian made at Swamimalai was installed at the traffic island here about two years ago with the support corporation council. But the government has not given its nod for unveiling the statue so far for reasons not known, M. Srinivasan, secretary of the Manram, said in a statement .
Sivaji was a great patriot and created awareness among the people of the services rendered by legendary freedom fighters like VOC, Veerapandia Kattabomman, Bharathiar , Tiruppur Kumaran, Vanjinathan, and Shaheed Bhagat Singh through his films.
It was planned to unveil the statue in March 2011, but was postponed due to the announcement of the Assembly elections. The unveiling was further postponed due to the elections to the local bodies. The Manram was expecting that the State government give its green light for the opening of the statue immediately after the local body elections, but no favourable response was received.
The delay was brought to the notice of the Chief Minister during her visit to the city in February last and a memorandum was presented to her in this regard. She assured the Manram representatives who met her at the airport to do the needful.
Mr. Srinivasan expressed surprise at the stoic silence maintained by the government despite the corporation council adopting resolution at its three separate meetings giving its nod for installing the statue . The inordinate delay has raised suspicion among many fans of Sivaji Ganesan, Mr. Srinivasan said .

Kumki withdraws, reshoot to happen

We have come to know that Prabhu Solomon's Kumki has backed out of the Diwali race. It was supposed to release along with biggies like Thuppakki for the festival occasion and Studio Green were to distribute the movie. 
Now, the latest we hear is that the director plans to re-shoot some scenes involving close-up shots of the lead actor Vikram Prabhu. Also, the romantic scenes between the heroine Lakshmi Menon and the hero are going to be re-shot to give them some extra edge. 
Prabhu Solomon feels that Kumki being a highly crucial film for him post the big success of Mynaa, as well as this being the launch pad for Nadigar Thilagam Sivaji Ganesan's grandson, he doesn't mind reshooting some scenes to give them more perfection.

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