Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Gautham Vasudev Menon Stands By His Film

Gautham Vasudev Menon's Nadunisi Naaygal which released on Feb 18, took a fantastic opening though it  is carrying mixed reports among critics and audiences.
Actress Samantha in the film

His fans have felt let down as he dabbled in making a film that they felt was not his cup of tea. Mainstream critics have torn the film apart, saying it lacks the essence of a thriller. However, the film, according to the trade, has taken a good opening mainly in multiplexes and since it is made on a shoestring budget (` 3.5 crore), will be profitable in its first week itself!

Understanding the pulse of the audiences and their criticisms, the director has come up with a press release that defends his film.

Gautham Menon, who has tried out making a new genre of film Nadunisi Naaygal, has said that he did so to break away from a particular style of filmmaking that he is used to. NN is not only an experimental film but a new age Tamil cinema that can be loved only by those who are fond of this genre of films.

When asked if he will ever do another film in the same genre, the filmmaker said, "I feel that I've pushed the envelope with this film. I stand by NN and as a filmmaker, I'd love doing films in various genres."

Further Reading >> Nadunisi Naaygal (Erra Gulabeelu) Reviews

Woman IAS Officer Slaps Girl Child For Scratching Her Car

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has asked the Punjab chief secretary to order an inquiry into the incident where senior IAS officer Sujata Dass had beaten up a three-year-old girl in full public view, while reacting to a minor scratch on her Honda City car in Sector 38 (West) market on February 10.

Sujata, a 1978-batch IAS officer, is posted as Secretary of Vigilance Inquiries. Garima, a nursery student at Delhi Public School in Sector 40, was returning home at Dadumajra village in an autorickshaw, when the driver got off leaving the ignition on.

In the meantime, Sujata parked her car (CH-01-AB-5120) next to the autorickshaw and Garima — who was fiddling with the steering — accidentally pulled the gear-lever. The autorickshaw banged into the rear door of the Honda City. Following this, an agitated Sujata pulled Garima out and slapped her a number of times.

Garima's father reached the police station to lodge a complaint but a compromise was struck between the two parties as Dass apologised.

However, a city-based NGO filed a complaint against the officer with NCPCR.

'A public servant cannot indulge in such incidents. This is a clear violation of the code of conduct and we would take an appropriate action. We have also sent a notice to Punjab government and sought a reply from them,' said a senior official of NCPCR.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Vijay and Ileana make a pair for 3-Idiots

Illeana has joined the shoot of the remake of 3 Idiots. The film is being directed by Shankar and stars Vijay, Jiiva and Srikanth in the lead roles.

There were reports that Vijay backed out of the project due to date problems, and Suriya had stepped in. The dust has finally settled and ‘3 Idiots’ remake ‘Nanban’ has started shooting in Ooty.

Now, the production house has officially announced that after the success of Kaavalan, Vijay is back in the project. In fact, Vijay will start shooting for the film from February 25.

Shankar is currently filming the wedding scenes and was impressed with Illeana`s grace in a bridal attire. Shankar is now filming scenes that does not require the 'hero'.

Ileana will play Kareena Kapoor's role in both the Tamil and Telugu versions. It is rumoured that Mahesh Babu is is playing the lead role in the Telugu version. But he is yet to make an official statement.

The credit list includes Manoj Paramahamsa (cinematography), Harris Jayaraj (music), Muthuraj (art), Anthony (editing), Na Muthukumar (lyrics) and, Shankar and Madan Korgy (dialogues). Shankar has written the screenplay as well.

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