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Amala Paul says content is key in Tamil cinema

Tamil Cinema is undergoing a tectonic shift and now content is the key, said actress Amala Paul ahead of the premiere of her latest film Ratsasan, which is getting rave reviews from across the spectrum.

“There’s a crazy shift in the Tamil industry. The boom of digital market has given way to new kinds of movies. Producers and directors have started choosing good content over heroes or stars. So in the process the producers have started giving a chance for new directors. It is the best time for true talented people. If you have talent you can become a star. I am happy the change is happening,” she said.

Paul says she almost didn’t take on the role in Ratsasan but is happy to have grabbed the chance.

“When [director] Ram came up with the story he was very uncomfortable with narrating the script. So I could not connect with the script and thought of not taking up the project. Then Vishnu Vishal got involved and he called me and convinced me otherwise,” the actress said.

“When I read the script I decided to do it. I was doing a lot of films at that time but this one stood out. After seeing the movie I texted Ram that you are a genius. He has extracted the best out of all. It is a thriller in our backdrop and in our region and everyone could connect the story in their family” she added.

Paul is also happy that more heroine-based subjects are also on the rise. “I am doing three films which have a female protagonist. Again, it is a lot about content,” she said.

The 26-year-old actress rose to fame after her success with 2010 Tamil romance Myna, and has done many roles with leading artists and directors in all the South Indian languages. However, she switches mainly between Tamil and Malayalam.

“Though I have acted in many languages, acting in Tamil films gives me the comfort like being with a mother. Though I am a Malayalee, I am more closer to the Tamil film industry as it is here I took my baby steps. Acting in Malayalam films is like visiting a cousin’s place or visiting a family member,” who plays the role of a teacher in Ratsasan.

Paul, whose girl-next-door looks have endeared her to her ardent fans, has been a central figure in the thriller, which kept the audience spellbound with the fast pace with which it progresses as the hero, a Sub-Inspector with Tamil Nadu Police, chases a serial-killer. It is well woven with subtle comedy and romance.

Paul, who got married to director A.L. Vijay in 2014 and divorced him in 2017 to get back to acting, has chosen some bold roles in her second innings. She is looking forward to the release of her next movies Aadai and Adho Andha Paravai Pola, which are woman-centric and shows her acting skills in a different light.

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Home Regional Cinema Kollywood Rajnikant’s “Petta” Teaser released on his birthday today

Rajnikant’s “Petta” Teaser released on his birthday today

The teaser of upcoming Tamil action drama “Petta” is unveiled today on the occasion of megastar Rajinikanth’s 68th birthday.
The teaser gives us a glimpse of Rajinikanth in two avatars, sporting a handlebar moustache and a bearded look.
Going by the visuals, the teaser is a nostalgic throwback to the Rajinikanth of the 1990s.
“Petta” marks the first-time collaboration of Rajinikanth and Karthik Subbaraj.
At the audio launch of “Petta”, Rajinikanth said that Karthik directed him like a hardcore Rajinikanth fan.
“Karthik has a very different style of storytelling. He directed this film like a true Rajinikanth fan. ‘Petta’ is an entertaining throwback to the kind of films I did in 1990s. Karthik has extracted from me the kind of work I used to perform three to four decades ago,” he said.
Rajinikanth went on to describe “Petta” as a “beautiful film” best suited for a festival release.

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Home Regional Cinema Kollywood Tamil actor Vishal poses with bottle, courts controversy

Tamil actor Vishal poses with bottle, courts controversy

Tamil actor and general secretary of the actors body ‘Nadigar Sangam’, Vishal has courted controversy by posing with what appeared to be a beer bottle in the first look poster of his next movie ‘Ayogya’, drawing flak from the PMK.
Vishal shared the poster in his twitter handle saying ‘Here We Go….The First Look from my next movie, Ayogya…”

The film, written and directed by Venkat Mohan features the popular actor as a police officer and Rashi Khanna pairs with him in the flick.
Vishal, besides being the general secretary of Nadigar Sangam (South Indian Artistes’ Association), is also the president of the Tamil Film Producers Council. Seated on the bonnet of a ‘police’ jeep, Vishal, with dark glasses on, is seen holding the bottle stylishly.
Pattali Makkal Katchi founder leader S Ramadoss slammed Vishal saying he expected social responsibility from him.
“The first look poster in which actor Vishal appears with a beer bottle should be immediately withdrawn,” the top PMK leader said on his twitter handle. “What is that the actor tries to convey through this promotional material? I expect social responsibility from the general secretary of Nadigar Sangam.”
The PMK chief recalled that he had written to Vishal (since he was the general secretary of the actors body) seeking a ban on actors smoking on screen. “Going beyond smoking, he is posing with beer bottle. What a social responsibility,?” he asked sarcastically.
The first look poster of Vijay-starrer ‘Sarkar’ too had invited the wrath of the PMK and anti-tobacco groups months ago since the actor had posed smoking a cigarette for it. The poster was subsequently withdrawn and not used for promotion of the movie.

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Home Regional Cinema Kollywood ZEE5 premieres Tamil silent thriller ‘Mercury’

ZEE5 premieres Tamil silent thriller ‘Mercury’

ZEE5, one of India’s leading digital video on demand platforms, has been consistently setting the audience expectations higher with new digital premieres every week, fresh off the theatre. This week, to fortify its content library even further, ZEE5 premieres Tamil film Mercury, a silent thriller written and directed by renowned filmmaker Karthik Subbaraj. Mercury has a power packed star cast including Prabhu Deva, Remya Nambeesan, Sananth Reddy, Narendran, Deepak Paramesh, Shashank Purushotham and Anish Padmanabhan.

Mercury revolves around five friends who try to cover up a death of the friend who accidentally died of mercury poisoning. Problem arises when the dead friend comes out of his grave! Will he take revenge? What is the truth behind his death?

Manish Aggarwal, Business Head, ZEE5 India said, “ZEE5 has witnessed unchartered growth in regional markets. We have strengthened our Tamil portfolio with interesting originals like Kallachirippu and America Mappillai along with latest movies. With a gripping narrative, differentiator of a ‘silent thriller’ and a stellar cast, Karthik Subbaraj’s Mercury clearly stands out. We hope that with this launch on the platform, audiences will enjoy the film again with new vigour.”

Karthik Subbaraj, Director, Mercury, commented, “The positive response that my maiden digital venture Kallachirippu received on ZEE5 gave me the confidence that bringing my movie Mercury to ZEE5 straight after the theatre would be an interesting format. With the digital premiere of Mercury on the platform on 11th October, the audience will be delighted to use ZEE5 as their first preference for Tamil entertainment. I am confident that with the massive reach of ZEE5, Mercury will be seen and loved by many more viewers.”

With over 3500 films, 500+ TV shows, 4000+ music videos, 35+ theatre plays and 90+ LIVE TV Channels across 12 languages, ZEE5 truly presents a blend of unrivalled content offering for its viewers across the nation. With ZEE5, the global content of Zindagi as a brand, which was widely appreciated across the country, has also been brought back for its loyal viewers.

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