Tamil Movies Interviews http://tamil.way2movies.com Way2Movies.com -Tamil films news, Hindi film news, Telugu film updates, film news, film review, Movie review , actress photos, trailers, videos , telugu movies, tamil movies, hindi movies, bollywood, actress wall papers, hindi songs, telugu songs, tamil songs, bollywood movies, video songs, funny videos, download hindi songs, download telugu songs, download tamil songs, latest movies Mon, 18 Apr 2011 11:31:09 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.8.4 en hourly 1 <![CDATA[Wasn't fascinated by acting as a child: Shamlee ]]> 2015-09-07 12:02:27 aditya Actress Shamlee, most popular for her work in Mani Ratnam's award-winning Tamil drama "Anjali", says although she may have starred in over 50 films as a child actor, she was never fascinated by acting.

"As a kid, I was mostly bored on the sets. I wanted to be playing with other kids, but I missed all of that. So I wasn't really fascinated by acting. I never aspired to be a star; maybe I wasn't mature enough," Shamlee, who is all set to face the arc lights after a hiatus, told.

The actress, who is making her Tamil debut in a leading role soon, has signed two projects in the language.

In 2009, she had made her acting debut as a heroine in Telugu romantic-drama "Oy", but then didn't continue acting.

"I was offered 'Oy' when I was preparing for my Masters. I was free for about six months and decided to give acting a try. As I started shooting, I had applied for my Masters. I'd decided if I get admission, I'll take off and finish my course and return to acting whenever I feel like. I'm glad it all worked out well," said Shamlee, who left to Singapore soon after for her a course in film studies.

She felt the need for a film course was to get equipped in various crafts of cinema and strengthen her foundation.

It has also prepared her for an alternate career in film-making.

"Initially, I was equally excited about being on the other side of the camera, but then I don't know how far that's going to work out. Maybe later in life I'd love to direct. I'm also interested in the field of art; I'm very inclined towards painting and dance. I regularly keep in touch with that side as well but I'd like to give it more time," she said.

For now, her focus is on acting.

Shamlee has a Tamil film each with Vikram Prabhu and Dhanush.

"The film with Vikram is 'Veera Sivaji', and I'll start shooting for it first. Dhanush's project will take time. There's also a Malayalam film in the pipeline, but I haven't signed it yet," she said, and added that she's "excited as well as "nervous" as she considers herself a newcomer.

As a child actor, she had the privilege of working with stars such as Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna and Mohanlal among others.

Does she still wish to work with stars?

"My focus is on interesting projects with good roles. I'd love to work with a star, provided a suitable project comes along. But I'm not really after only working with established actors," said Shamlee, who is the sister of former southern actress Shalini

She's also the sister-in-law of Tamil superstar Ajith.

Despite being associated with a star family, Shamlee feels people still recognise her as the little girl from 1990 film "Anjali".

"As far as I know, people still refer to me as the 'Anjali' girl. It's funny that nobody has forgotten that even after so many years. They'll also remember me as Shalinia¿s younger sister and Ajith's sister-in-law until I get established. It's just a matter of time and with better work, I'll be able to make my own mark," she said.

Taking a cue from her sister's work, Shamlee also says she'd like to pick dignified roles.

<![CDATA[Easier to be a hero than a comedian: Santhanam]]> 2015-06-09 14:14:51 content "Innimey Ippadithan", ace comedian Santhanam's second Tamil outing as a hero, is slated for release on Friday. The actor feels it is easier to be a hero than a comedian because making people laugh is quite challenging.

"As a comedian, one needs to be reinventing jokes. What worked yesterday won't work today. This is the social media generation and audiences can easily get bored if the comedy gets repetitive. It's easier to be a hero than a comedian," Santhanam told.

He said that as a hero, one gets to choose different films but a comedian's job is mostly limited to making people laugh.

Does that make a comedian's job boring?

"It's a gift to make people laugh. Anybody can be an actor, but not everybody can become a successful comedian. There are acting schools that can train you to be an actor. Do comedians have such options? Also, most comedians write their own jokes, so you need to know the pulse of the public to write something that'll make them laugh," he said.

Santhanam decided to become a hero because his life as a comedian was getting quite hectic.

"I barely had time to sleep. I was doing too many films and I needed a breather, slow down and achieve work-life balance. I wanted to spend more time with my family whom I usually meet once or twice a year. By reducing the number of films, it helped me to come with better ideas and jokes," he said.

"I also wanted to experiment and experience what it's like to be a hero. When I signed my first film as a hero, I had a few films to bank on. I was prepared to go back to being a comedian if I failed as a hero. Luckily, it worked and everything fell in place," he added.

Although Santhanam hopes to continue doing more films as a hero, he says he won't mind doing a few films as a comedian for close friends in the industry.

Asked about the transition from a comedian to a hero, he said: "The biggest challenge was to dance. Dancing and dancing like a hero are two different things and this I learnt on the sets of 'Innimeya Ippadithan'. A hero should get the moves right, the body language right. When he dances, audiences should get up from their seats and dance, too".

He also had to hire a stylist and wear trendy clothes.

"I never worried about what I had to wear as a comedian. There have been instances I ended up wearing anything that was available on the sets. Now, I'm positioning myself as a hero, so I need to look good," he added.

To slip into the shoes of a hero, Santhanam shed lot of weight.

"It was actor Arya who suggested I take up cycling to stay fit. I'm glad his advice did wonders to me. I've lost lot of weight and look presentable as a hero," he said.

Santhanam is introducing his long-time writing partners Murugan and Anand as the directors of "Innimey Ippadithan", which he has himself produced.

The film also features Ashna Zaveri and Akila Kishore in important roles.

<![CDATA[Lakshmy Ramakrishnan in awe of octogenarian co-star]]> 2015-06-08 17:27:25 content Actor-filmmaker Lakshmy Ramakrishnan says she admires the commitment of octogenarian actor Subbulakshmi, who has worked in her upcoming Tamil directorial "Ammani".

The film features Lakshmy in the title role.

"I was in awe of her (Subbulakshmi) commitment. She was required to walk barefoot for many hours through the course of the shoot, but she never complained about it. She worked day in and night to complete the shoot quickly," Lakshmy told.

It was the "enthusiasm" and "zest" of Subbulakshmi that inspired Lakshmy the most.

"She doesn't like to be called Paatti (granny). She wants to be called Akka (sister)," Lakshmy said.

"Ammani" is based on the inspiring yet funny attitude towards life of a 79-year-old woman ragpicker whom Lakshmy had met in real life.

Besides directing the film, Lakshmy has played the lead and admits it was "extremely challenging" to do both.

"I've never done something like this before. I play a north Madras resident, who works as a help in a government hospital. I had to pick up on a new accent and change my body language to suit the character," said Lakshmy, who felt nobody else could've played the title role better because she had "conceived" it and "lived" with it.

Produced by Ven Govinda, who also felt only Lakshmy could do justice to the protagonist; the film also features Nithin Satya and Balaji in important roles.

<![CDATA['Uttama Villain' made me better human being: Ramesh Aravind]]> 2015-04-30 11:04:45 content Actor-filmmaker Ramesh Aravind will cherish the experience of directing Kamal Haasan-starrer Tamil drama "Uttama Villain" forever as he feels it has made him a better human being.

"You learn a lot when you work on a big project like 'Uttama Villain'. You learn about others, you learn about human relations and its importance in the process of filmmaking. At the end of this journey, I think I've not only become a better technician, but I've become a better human being too," Aravind told.

The film, which is about the life of a superstar with and without a mask, releases worldwide on Friday.

"The film is about the feelings of a superstar; his journey and emotions. It shows that there could be an Uttaman (respectable man) in a villain and vice versa too," he said.

Ramesh and Kamal were supposed to team up soon after the former's 2005 Kannada directorial "Rama Shama Bhama".

"Kamal and I were to collaborate for a Hindi project which never got materialized. We also planned to do a Tamil film, but things just didn't fall in place. Meanwhile, I got busy with my commitments in Kannada industry. In March 2013, Kamal asked me to direct this script," he said.

"And at that point, I was looking for a big leap in my career. So the moment I got this offer, I left everything I was doing and shifted my focus. The film has lot of emotional content and it's packed with a profound message which drew me to it," he added.

For fans of Haasan, it has been a long wait for the film. But Aravind is confident about the output.

"It took time because of the many layers involved in the narration. When I saw the first copy, I felt all the layers overlapped nicely. And the output that audiences are going to experience on the big screen, I must say, is going to be great," he said.

He added that the long wait may have raised the stakes for the film as well.

"It could also be the controversies or even Kamal Haasan's return to big screen after two years. All these have certainly had some effect on the stakes. But we're out to give a good film right from the beginning and that much I can assure you," said Ramesh.

Aravind says Kamal has raised the bar much higher in "Uttama Villain".

"I think with every film, he (Kamal) tries to raise the bar higher. Personally, it's a quantum leap for me. The reason I didn't have any distractions and spent the last two years on 'Uttama Villain' was because this was an orbital jump for me," he said.

"In science, when an electron gets excited at one particular energy level, it jumps to the next orbit. I felt like an excited electron and I had to take a quantum jump to reach the higher bar set by Kamal," he added.

As an actor, Aravind has worked in about 150 films, but he admits the creative high one gets as a director can't be matched.

"I've done a lot of work over the years as an actor and it's always exciting to face the arc lights. But direction is something I've been planning to do for quite some time because of the novelty factor. This is the greatest high of my career. I'm looking forward to more such opportunities," and added that direction is a creative process.

"It gives wings to your creativity. It allows you to create a world you might not envision as an actor," he concluded.

<![CDATA[Commercial success important for survival: Actor Nakul ]]> 2015-04-20 15:35:59 content Actor Nakul, who was recently seen in sleeper hit "Tamiluku En Ondrai Azhuthavum" and has been part of the Tamil industry for over a decade, says critical success doesn't matter anymore as everybody has become money minded.

"Today, I don't think critical success matters anymore. It has to be commercial success. Producers have become very moolah-conscious, especially with the entry of big studios and corporates. When you take all these factors into consideration, you ought to have a good film to survive," Nakul told

"If a new hero is coming into the market, he has to create an impact with the box office business; otherwise it's tough to survive. Becoming a hero is easy, but staying one in the top league is extremely tough," he said.

Basking in the success of his latest film, Nakul says he has been waiting since 2009 for a hit.

"I accepted 'Tamiluku Ena' merely as an obligation when the producer of my last film, 'Naan Rajavaga Pogiren', which didn't do well, came back to me with an offer. I was touched by his gesture. And when I heard the script, I was blown away and decided I had to do this film," he said.

"I knew there was something about the film that'll work in our favour but I never anticipated this kind of success, which even got me appreciation from some industry bigwigs such as AR Murugadoss and Shankar," he said, and added that a hit is welcome anytime in one's career.

Nakul also believes that "Tamiluku Ena" was more like a test for him, and that its success gave him the reassurance that he is on the right track in his career. It also made him realize that it's perfectly alright to wait for the right script to come along.

Having made his cinematic debut in filmmaker Shankar-directed 2003 Tamil film "Boys", Nakul has only starred in eight films so far.

Other popular actors such as Siddharth, Bharath and music composer SS Thaman who worked with him in "Boys" have already worked in over 20 films.

Nakul says he doesn't know why he couldn't do more films.

"I believe luck plays a major part in this industry. See, I can only choose from the offers I get. I don't have a long queue of directors outside my house waiting to cast me. I've always been more inclined towards quality than quantity. But I'm really happy with my career and I have no complaints," he said.

Is he jealous of the fact that his friends who started their careers alongside him have been more successful?

"I'm actually proud of my friends. Since 'Boys', they were extremely committed and had planned what they want to do next. I've never planned my career the way people usually do. It was on the last day on the sets of 'Boys' that I asked myself what I want to do next," he said.

A few years ago when Nakul wasn't getting many offers, he took up singing to keep himself occupied.

"My film career didn't take off after 'Boys' the way I had planned. Singing was again more like an obligation as I couldn't say no to people who requested me to sing. But it's true I took up singing when I felt everything was going down at one point.

"It is because of singing that I got my first offer as hero. I sang the song 'X-Machi' from 'Ghajini' with a singer called Mathangi, who called me for an interview to a private channel. It was here that I was spotted by the wife of director Prasad, who offered me the lead in 'Kadhalil Vizhunthen'.

"Singing kept me alive, but that wasn't what I wanted to do," he added.

Despite his share of hits and flops, Nakul says it has always been a constant struggle in the industry.

He will next be seen in Tamil comedy "Narathan".

<![CDATA[One can experiment within mainstream cinema: Mani Ratnam]]> 2015-04-15 12:03:07 content Ace filmmaker Mani Ratnam, who awaits the release of Tamil romantic-drama "O Kadhal Kanmani", believes it's possible to experiment within the confines of mainstream cinema without being influenced by the number game.

"Within the mainstream cinema, I feel you can experiment and make sensible films. It's possible to tell a story with characters and emotions which are real, genuine, and which need not be over the top," Mani Ratnam told.

"For a filmmaker, whether the film is liked, understood or appreciated counts as much as the moolah. I believe the intrinsic value of a film too matters to its creator," he said.

Mani Ratnam says his film "O Kadhal Kanmani", which releases in cinemas on Friday, is an experiment within mainstream cinema.

"It's an urban love story. It really deals with the way we look at life and relationships at this point in time. The story is set in Mumbai, and when you watch the film, you understand it's about people away from home who become independent of the rules and regulations of a family."

"It will be a breezy, contemporary film on relationships," he said and brushed aside rumours of it being a sequel to "Alaipayuthey".

""O Kadhal Kanmani" marks Ratnam's comeback to the romance genre after a decade. Over the years, he has earned the title 'king of romance', but he says he really isn't a hardcore romantic.

"Whatever film you do, be it even with children, you do with the same amount of sincerity. It doesn't matter which genre you're working in, you try to find an honest relationship within that space, and say if it's the romance genre, within that you have to find story and characters that resonate with an audience," he said.

"I think the audience take back and retain only the romance portion from my movies. People assume I'm more comfortable with this genre. But, I think I'm uncomfortable with all the genres because each one is a struggle," he added.

But has his interpretation of romance changed with time?

"I'm just reflecting what I think is happening around me. I can understand and see how people in relationships are behaving. I'm looking at it from close quarters. The change has been happening and neither you nor I can stop it. And that change, at some point, has to get reflected in some kind of art form."

His film introduces a fresh pair -- Dulquer Salmaan and Nitya Menen -- to the Tamil audience.

Heaping praise on his lead actors, Ratnam said: "Both of them are fantastic; they're very natural, real and yet they perform like without making it look like performance. The reason I chose them is they resonated with the characters in my mind. Both of them looked close to what would help me tell the story."

The movie, which is produced by Madras Talkies, also features Prakash Raj and Leela Samson in important roles, has music by AR Rahman. The Oscar winner was launched by Mani Ratnam many years ago. Since then, both have worked in several films and their collaboration has always resulted in great music.

Ratnam says there's no secret behind their successful combo.

"There's no secret to it other than the fact that both of our intentions are kind of similar in the sense that it's not just that we want to make hit songs. Of course, we want to produce chartbusters, but the objective is that the kind of film defines the kind of music.

"We look for songs that'll help the story to transcend. When we collaborate, we start with a definite direction in which we want to travel and within that, we try and experiment," he said.

They even have their differences and arguments, but Ratnam says it's all part of working as a team.

<![CDATA[Koffee With DD 29th June 2014 Full Episode]]> 2014-06-30 10:39:56 aditya ]]> 0 <![CDATA[Koffee With DD - Prathap Pothan And Yugi Sethu]]> 2014-06-23 09:59:09 aditya ]]> 0 <![CDATA[Ramanujan best debut I could get as an actor: Abhinay Vaddi ]]> 2014-06-23 09:38:24 content Newcomer Abhinay Vaddi, grandson of legendary actors Savitri and Gemini Ganesan, agreed to play mathematics genius Srinivasa Ramanujan in the upcoming Tamil-English biopic "Ramanujan" because he felt it's "the best debut" he could get as an actor.

"When I decided to act, I wanted to only work in art-based films. After my first film in Telugu, I waited for two years to get an art-based project but I couldn't even find one script. When I finally got 'Ramanujan', I felt it's the best debut I could get as an actor," Abhinay said in an interview here.

"I'm not against commercial cinema because you can't have much of a choice in our industry. If you want to be versatile as an actor, you need to do different films. 'Ramanujan' came to me when I was least expecting it and I realised I need to be open to all kinds of cinema," he added.

Many would not call "Ramanujan" a dream debut for a newcomer from a star family, but Abhinay thinks otherwise.

"Everybody wants a star-studded launch with a successful director and popular cast. I feel all that's there in this film as well. It's being directed by a National Award-winning filmmaker, features a host of very popular and experienced actors and above all I get to play Ramanujan, for which top Tamil actors vied," he said.

Directed by Gnana Rajasekaran, "Ramanujan" is the story of the mathematician from his early days in Kumbakonam to Cambridge University, London.

Abhinay didn't sign the movie because he got an opportunity to play Ramanujan, but because he also got to work with a celebrated filmmaker, who has carved a niche with his biopics such as "Bharathi" and "Periyar".

"I agreed because I got an opportunity to work with an acclaimed director as well. 'Bharatia' interested me a lot because it had its commercial elements such as songs and romance even though it was a biopic. I liked the way he handled the story," he said.

A biopic usually involves a lot of research, but Abhinay was asked to blindly follow his director's instructions.

"After I was narrated the story, I researched and came across so many things about Ramanujan that was not part of the story I heard. I went back and told my director about it but he asked me to stop reading from other sources as he feared it would confuse me," Abhinay said.

Abhinay, who comes from a Telugu speaking family, had problems with the "diction of the Tamil language".

"As a newcomer, it would be easier for me to concentrate on one aspect of acting, which involves dialogue delivery, expression, body language but this movie had to have 100 percent of everything. Since I come from a Telugu family, I struggled to get my Tamil diction right," he said.

"I got comfortable with the acting part because my director after first two days of shooting asked me to continue what I was doing. He didn't want Ramanujan's character to be overly expressive and dramatic. He wanted me to be docile and act subtly," he added.

A national level table tennis champion, Abhinay was never nurtured or forced into acting.

"From the age of five, my parents put me on to sports. They wanted me to be a professional sportsman and so they enrolled me into badminton and table tennis. I was never pushed into acting because I come from a lineage of actors," he said.

"Later on, when I was 27, it dawned upon me that I had tried everything in life. I worked in a 9 (a.m) to 5 (p.m.) job, worked with my brother in advertising and played sports. I realised since I come from a family of actors, I may as well try it," Abhinay added.

<![CDATA[Every movie at film festival teaches something: Mani Ratnam]]> 2014-06-16 13:41:24 content Ace filmmaker Mani Ratnam, a regular at film festivals across the globe, attends the movie extravaganzas as a movie buff because he feels every film teaches something worthwhile.

"Every film you see at a festival teaches you something. Any good film you see gives you enough motivation and adrenaline rush to produce good content, while a bad film can get you so angry that you produce even better content," Ratnam said in a telephonic interview from his office here.

"Film fests are an opportunity to see different kinds of films that you usually don't get to watch. When I'm part of a jury, then I get to judge films, but otherwise I attend festivals to watch two or three films a day and network with a gathering of cinema lovers from all over," he added.

Ratnam, who has been part several film fests, both Indian and international, is looking forward to be part of the third edition of the Ladakh International Film Festival (LIFF), which is scheduled between June 27 and 29.

Heaping praise on the organisers of LIFF, he said: "The concept of a film festival in Ladakh is fantastic. I think it's a beautiful place and its cinematic geography makes it even more fitting. It is also a proof of penetration of cinema into the nook and corner of our country. The organisers deserve to be appreciated".

He said the setting of LIFF makes the fest even more special.

"If you look at any film fest, the setting gives it colour. Be it Goa, Cannes or even Berlin in the winter, the setting makes these festivals special and gives it a definition. I think Ladakh film fest, which takes place amid mountains and picturesque locations, is special that way," he added.

This year LIFF will focus on Korean cinema, with contemporary Korean films taking centrestage. The fest will also include a special retrospect on acclaimed filmmaker Akira Kurosawa and tributes will be paid to late Indian actors - Farooque Sheikh and Nanda.

Kamal Swaroop's "Rangbhoomi" will open the festival, while Anurag Kashyap's yet-to-be-released "Ugly" will have a special Green Carpet premiere.

When quizzed about the difference he finds in Indian film festivals vis-à-vis international, he said: "In India, we have several film fests, but I think it's celebration of cinema all over. It only varies in size, budget and the enthusiasm with which the people involve to organise it. Therefore, it's always about different kinds of films and the warmth that's being felt".

Do you feel too many fests in India spoils the broth?

"In our country, cinema is a major source of entertainment. In other countries, there are other sources of entertainment. So, it's fine to celebrate cinema in different places," said Ratnam, known for award-winning Tamil films like "Mouna Ragam", "Nayagan" and "Anjali".

"We should look at India like Europe. As many languages are there, therefore, there will be as many film festivals. I don't think it dilutes the purpose in any fashion," added the filmmaker who also went behind the camera for his terrorism trilogy - "Roja", "Bombay" and "Dil Se...".

Ratnam believes every film fest should encourage cross-cultural interaction.

"Film festivals should not only celebrate cinema and its masters but should also encourage cross-cultural interaction. It's an opportunity to see how films in some other countries are made versus our very own. It's a platform to rub shoulders with talent from all over," he said.

On the filmmaking front, Ratnam is currently busy scripting his next project. The film is said to be a trilingual featuring Akkineni Nagarjuna, Mahesh Babu and Aishwarya Rai.

"Nothing has been finalised. I'm still writing and only when I complete it, will I be able to confirm my cast," he said.