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AIADMK teams go silent; DMK talks

Chennai: Today too, there were no signs for talks for merger between the two factions of the AIADMK today. From the recent confessions of known faces from both the groups of the party, the takeaway is that it would take some more time for the discussions to happen between the OPS and EPS factions. Though the faction led by Chief Minister EK Palaniswami said the doors were open for talks,

It is time to know your lung number, say docs

Chennai: In India, more than 30 million people are affected by asthma and it has increased exponentially over the years due to various reasons, said Dr R Sridhar, medical superintendent at government hospital (Tambaram Sanatorium) and Professor at Stanley Medical College. Addressing mediapersons to create awareness on asthma here on Thursday, he said genetically passed asthma is one of the main reasons for the spread of the disease in the last

Now, a white pig turns star in film

After the likes of fish, dog and cat, now a Tamil movie is made around a white pig. Titled Jetli, the movie is directed by Jagansai. Says the filmmaker, “It speaks about world politics.” Besides wielding the megaphone, Jagansai plays one of the lead characters in the film. Kannan Ponnaiya is also in the cast. Salim Kumar, a national award winning actor from Kerala, essays a key role in the

Arya does it for Bharathiraja

Kurangu Bommai, being directed by debutant Nithilan Swaminathan, features director Bharathiraja in an important role with Myna fame Vidharth in supporting cast. The film had its first look poster released by Malayalam actor Mammootty. Vijay Sethupathi released the animation poster. Music composer Yuvan Shankar Raja has bought the music rights of the film for his banner U-1 Records. Ajaneesh Lokanathan is the music composer of Kurangu Bommai. Much recently Arya

Theru Naaigal focuses on farmers

Debutant director Hari Uthraa is ready with his movie Theru Naaigal. The film speaks about the plight of farners in delta regions of Tamilnadu. It also throws light on how corporate sectors destroy their livelihood. Talking about the film, the director, says, “It’s a political drama that talks about how farmers in the delta regions are affected by corporates. Most of the scenes are shot in the interior regions of

Rahman unveils poster of directorial venture

Academy Award-winning composerA R Rahman has added yet another feather to his cap. The celebrated music composer has turned director with Le Musk, one of the world’s first cinematic Virtual Reality Immersive narratives and unveiled the first poster of his much-awaited VR movie The poster features the film’s female protagonist Nora Arnezeder. Clad in a red-outfit, the leading lady seems lost in the aroma that has engulfed her. As the

Sedition case: Vaiko's judicial custody extended

Chennai: The Egmore sessions court today extended the judicial custody of MDMK chief Vaiko for another 15 days following the hearing in an eight-year-old sedition case. The judge said Vaiko can go out on bail if he wants to; however, he opted to go to jail. The case is regarding his making a speech at a function in 2009. Speaking to reporters today, Vaiko said, “It was the DMK which

Vishal urges govt to act tough on piracy

Chennai: Close on the heels of assuming office, Tamil Film Producers Council president Vishal said that if their demands to State and Central governments are not addressed, the Tamil film industry would strike work from 30 May. Addressing media persons, Vishal, said, “We have urged Centre and State governments to completely eradicate piracy with the help of cyber crime and Internet Service Providers.” We need a permanent solution and if

Two mothers donate kidneys, save children's lives

Chennai: Successful kidney transplants were conducted on two children – R Arul Kumaran (11) and R Mithun (9) – at Kauvery Hospital here recently. While Arul had a reccurent urinary infection, Mithun had congenitally mal-developed kidneys with high blood pressure. Both required multiple blood pressure medications and needed immediate kidney transplants. The mothers of both the children were identified as the donors, and following an evaluation, transplant approval was obtained.

Baahubali-2 producer dismisses online video leak

Chennai: A video, featuring Prabhas and Rana Daggubatti, from the much-anticipated Baahubali: The Conclusion has apparently been leaked on the Internet. With just a day left for the movie’s release, the leak has shocked many in the industry. However, one of the producers of the film, Shoba Yarlagadda, took to Twitter and dismissed rumours regarding the alleged leak. She said the 2-minute raw footage was leaked online last year. Baahubali-2,