February 2017

Heightened stir against hydrocarbon project

Chennai: Protests against the proposed hydrocarbon project in the State have intensified as various outfits and students from across Tamilnadu have extended their support on the 13th day today. The agitations began after the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on 15 February approved the project at Neduvasal village in Pudukottai district. While it was the residents in and around Neduvasal who initially staged the protest, now people from various other

Dhanush appears before HC with mother

Madurai: Actor Dhanush today appeared at the Madurai bench of Madras High Court after it wanted to verify his identification marks in connection with the paternity claim made by an elderly couple. The actor was surrounded by a controversy recently after the couple R Kathiresan and K Meenakshi from Madurai, claimed Dhanush to be their son. The couple also sought a monthly maintenance of Rs 65,000 from him. In the

G V Prakash to do a film with director Bala

Music composer-turned-hero G V Prakash is going great guns. He has completed the shoot for a couple of films and is all set to begin his next with national award-winning filmmaker Bala. The buzz is that the movie would have music by Ilayaraja. Jyothika is playing the lead role in the film. The movie will be produced by EON Studios and Bala’s B Studios. The rest of the cast and

Soundarya Rajinikanth's car hits autorickshaw

Chennai: Film director Soundarya Rajinikanth’s car rammed into an auto rickshaw at Alwarpet here in the wee hours of today. An eye witness said the car crashed onto the auto from behind, when the driver, Mani, was seated inside. The accident left Mani injured and the vehicle badly damaged. It is reportedly said that Soundarya’s brother-in-law and actor Dhanush bailed her out of the situation over phone as the actor

Making Power Pandi was living a dream: Dhanush

Dhanush wrapped up the shoot for his maiden directorial venture Power Paandi in Chennai yesterday. The movie, produced by Wunderbar Films, features Rajkiran, Prasanna and Chaya Singh in key roles. There are special cameos by Dhanush, Madonna Sebastain, Gautham Menon and Divyadharshini. The movie is about the travails of stuntmen and Dhanush is confident that it would leave a mark among the audience. Dhanush tweeted, ‘And that’s a wrap for

Stalin chairs his first district secys meet

Chennai: M K Stalin today chaired his first district secretaries meeting after becoming the working president of the DMK. During the meeting at the DMK headquarters Anna Arivalayam in the city, various crucial issues including strategies to face the local body elections and intensifying protests against the AIADMK government were discussed, sources said. DMK general secretary K Anbazhagan, Durai Murugan and other senior leaders were present. Meanwhile, popular actor Radha

Yuvan completes two decades in Tamil cinema

Music composer Yuvan Shankar Raja has successfully completed 20 years in Tamil cinema. The younger son of maestro Ilayaraja, Yuvan is a busy bee in the industry today. He is currently working in films including Sathriyan, Peranbu, Semma Botha Aagatha, Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan, Sandakozhi 2, Kadamban, Santhana Devan, Raja Ranguski, Mannavan Vanthanadi, Irumbu Thirai, Kanavil Kanda Kadhal Kavithai, Balloon, Aneethi Kathaigal, Kolaiyuthir Kaalam and Oxygen. Says Yuvan. “I am sustaining because of the love of

Kajal gets woman-centric role in Deekay's film

Actress Kajal Agarwal, currently busy with Ajith’s Vivegam and Vijay-61, is reportedly playing the female lead in a movie to be directed by Yamirukka Bayamaey-fame Deekay. Remember the two had earlier worked together in Kavalai Vendam. Sources said Nayanthara was initially approached for the role by Deekay. However, she was busy and, hence, could not accept the offer. Sources added that it is a women-centric story and Kajal Agarwal was thrilled to

Port-Maduravoyal scheme to resume soon: CM

Chennai: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today said that work on the Port-Maduravoyal project will resume soon. He made this statement after meeting Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari in the national capital this morning. The Chief Minister is in New Delhi on a three-day visit to discuss various schemes for the State. He met Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday and met three Ministers today. Sources said

Vaikkom Vijayalakshmi calls off wedding

Popular playback singer Vaikom Vijayalakshmi, who was engaged recently, has called off her wedding. She was engaged to Santhosh, a native of Thrissur. The wedding was planned for March. However sources say Santhosh had reportedly urged Vijayalakshmi to stop performing in concerts and stage shows. He also wanted the singer to take up a job as a music teacher. Apparently miffed by his suggestions, Vijayalakshmi chose to call off her wedding. Vaikom Vijayalakshmi had sung several