Happy birthday Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: Why we would love to see her in a Tamil film again

It’s a well-known fact that Aishwarya Rai started her career with Mani Ratnam in the 1997 film Iruvar. Fresh from her Miss World win, landing a dual role in a Mani Ratnam film was a dream debut for the young artiste. The movie wasn’t a normal project as well: Iruvar was loosely based on the lives of two of Tamil Nadu’s most popular politicos, MG Ramachandran and Karunanidhi. One of Aishwarya’s role was said to be based on Jayalalithaa, another landmark figure in Tamil Nadu politics. The movie also starred Mohanlal, Prakashraj, Gautami and Tabu, apart from the young Aishwarya. As the docile Pushpavalli and the gutsy Kalpana, Aishwarya made a splash proving that she isn’t just another pretty face. Continue reading “Happy birthday Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: Why we would love to see her in a Tamil film again”

Kaala actor Easwari Rao: Pa Ranjith has shown that a heroine can be over 40

There is a scene in the 2004 film Sullan that has Dhanush looking at a Rajinikanth photo stuck on a wardrobe and asking Easwari Rao, “Enna thalaivaraye sight adikariya”. Little did she know that 14 years later, she would land a role that would have the Superstar calling her ‘Thanga Sela’, and to top it, the film would be produced by Dhanush himself. “I don’t even remember doing that scene. I only recalled it when it was played during recent interviews,” admits Easwari. “I wouldn’t have even imagined that I would act with him. Not just then, even a year back I wouldn’t have guessed that I would land a role with Rajinikanth,” gushes Easwari. Continue reading “Kaala actor Easwari Rao: Pa Ranjith has shown that a heroine can be over 40”

Here is how Kaala’s Dharavi set was recreated in Chennai

Art director Ramalingam is a happy man. Even before the release of the film, the Dharavi sets in Kaala have garnered several eyeballs. The sprawling set was erected in Chennai employing hundreds of workers to create a version of Asia’s second largest slum. “Film sets are recognisably temporary — the minute you physically enter one, you will know that it is a set.” But for Kaala, the crew made sure the set feels real to the people who enter, in terms of structure and the look. “We have recreated the structure of Dharavi as close to the original possible. The entire set was erected instead of working in patches and that is what makes it unique.” Continue reading “Here is how Kaala’s Dharavi set was recreated in Chennai”

Rajinikanth is beyond stardom: 2.0 actor Sudhanshu Pandey

Sudhanshu Pandey stepped into Kollywood with Billa 2 and it is another sequel that is bringing the actor back to the industry. Sudhanshu is part of the much-talked-about 2.0, where he plays a negative character. “I am playing Danny Denzongpa’s son in 2.0, who is also a scientist carrying forward his legacy. I have tried to follow my own style and approach it in my own way,” the actor says. Continue reading “Rajinikanth is beyond stardom: 2.0 actor Sudhanshu Pandey”

Kaala actor Sakshi Agarwal on Rajinikanth: I was star struck when I first met him

Sakshi Agarwal is quite on cloud nine and has reasons to be. The pretty actor has recently completed shooting for Rajinikanth’s Kaala and is overwhelmed about working with the Thalaivar himself. “On an international level, everybody knows that Rajini sir is a legend; but experiencing it and visually watching him is a delight in itself. When I was called for the audition, I was in the mindset that I would be happy even if I get a single shot with Rajini sir,” says the visibly excited actor. “I don’t know what is in store next for Rajini sir. We don’t know what movies he might be doing. I don’t know if it will possible for me to be his heroine. I am elated to be a part of a Ranjith-Rajini sir film,” gushes Sakshi. Continue reading “Kaala actor Sakshi Agarwal on Rajinikanth: I was star struck when I first met him”

Kaala review: Witness Rajinikanth – The Actor in this layered Pa Ranjith revolution

Kaala isn’t a Rajinikanth film — it is a Pa Ranjith film starring actor Rajinikanth; not the superstar, mind you. Ranjith makes this absolutely clear right from the word go by giving Rajini his simplest introduction on celluloid after ages. Kaala is seen playing cricket with young kids in the slum. You might be expecting him to hit a six. It is a Rajini film after all. Instead, Kaala gets his middle stump knocked out. Kaala calls to Valliappan (Samuthirakani), the umpire, and appeals for a no ball. But Valliappan gives a wide. An involuntary smile slowly spreads on my lips throughout this sequence. I knew immediately that we weren’t going to witness the superstar Rajinikanth, but rather the Rajini from the 80s, an actor with charisma and screen presence like no one else.

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