Friday, April 11, 2008

Akshaya out of Peraanmai

Peraanmai movie directed by Jananathan has Jeyam Ravi and five other heroines in the lead. Akshaya of Kalaba Kadhalan fame was also roped in one of the heroines, but the actress has now decided to opt out of the movie. Jayam Ravi plays a forest officer in the movie and the five actresses act as sports persons.

Akshaya is said to have done so following a condition put forth by Peraanmai team which said that Akshaya should not to act in any other films until the shooting of Peraanmai gets completed, for about six to eight months from now and hence Akshaya has made the decision to quit Peraanmai.

Peraanmani will also have the latest of technology used in the shooting of the movie. The team of Peraanmai has decided to use helicom will come in very handy in Peraanmai where sequences in dense jungles covered with thick vegetation. The movement of Jeyam Ravi who will run through the forest covered have a better chance of being well captured on a helicam rather than a steady cam.

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Salman dances for Gayatri Raghuram

Gayatri Raghuram has Salman danceing to the tunes of Sajid-Wajid in the hindi version of Pokiri movie. She will be choreographing Salman for the movie. Gayatri is the daughter of choreographer Raghuram, who acted in a few Tamil films like whistle and Prabhu Deva’s Charlie Chaplin. She has now become a choreographer, following on her father’s footsteps.

Gayathri has already choreographed for a Telugu movie. She has also been roped in by producer-director Priyadarshan for his next Tamil movie. The priyadarshan movie to be launched soon will be directed by Vijay, who directed Ajith and Trisha starrer Kireedom

Sneha, Shriya in Sarath movie

After Vaitheeshwaran, Sarath is all set to start his next movie under the direction of K.S Ravikumar. There were rumours the the movie was Jaggu Bai which was originally planned for Superstar Rajnikanth. However, the circle close to Sarath denied the news on ‘Jaggubhai’, but they confirmed a new project of Sarath with K.S. Ravikumar.

Sneha had already been roped in to play the lead. The current update on the movie is that Shriya Saran has also been roped in to play another heroine in the movie. Shriya has been in news for a lot of reasons lately be it her skimpy dresses, her english movie, her bollywood movie or her slapping a man for misbehaviour recently in Tirupathi.

This Sarath Kumar, Sneha and Shriya starrer movie which is not titled yet is being jointly produced by Radhika Sarath Kumar’s Radaan pictures and Sun TV. It can be recalled that the film Cheran Pandiyan directed by K.S Ravikumar was his first hit and also was Sarath Kumar’s first film as hero. The Sarath-Ravi Kumar pair has also given the super blockbuster Nattami. Lets hope they repeat the success story in this movie too

Sony Imageworks opens visual effects studio in Chennai

Imageworks India, the Indian arm of Sony Pictures Imagework, Thursday announced opening of its state-of-the-art facility in Chennai. The Chennai facility has about 90 artists and technical experts and would be scaled up to 180 workers, the company said here. It also has seven animation experts. “In the first year of operation, our primary goal has been to integrate our India operations into our Culver City production workflow,” said Tim Sarnoff, president of Sony Pictures Imageworks.

“Artists are no longer afraid of technology, especially in India,” he said.“I hope to create a cohesive work group,” Joe Gareri, general manager and executive director in charge of operations in India, told IANS. Before joining Imageworks, Gareri worked with Pacific Titles and in the films like the three sequels of “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “Catwoman”, “Men in Black” and several other titles.

Founded in 1992, Imageworks - a component of the US-based Sony Pictures Digital Production - acquired 50.1 percent stake in FrameFlow (India) Private Ltd., at a cost of $5 million last year. FrameFlow was founded three years ago by the promoters of Shasun Chemicals, the Chennai-based pharma company and first worked Imageworks on films such as “Click”, “Ghost Rider” and “Spiderman-3″.

Globally, Sony Imageworks is doing business worth nearly $7 billion, and has captured 37 percent of the box office for global visual work. Imageworks has production studios in Culver City, California, and New Mexico, and now in Chennai.“One of my priorities will be to ensure multitasking training for the workforce in India and integrate the working timeframe with our Culver City studio,” Garei said. “We lose two work days, if the time zones are not integrated smoothly,” he said. The Chennai facility will work seamlessly with the Culver City facility in the visual effects of seven Hollywood films, now under production.

Imageworks has done the visual effects for “Spiderman”, “Monster House”, “Stuart Little”, “The Chronicles of Narnia” and several other academy award winning films.Its most recent films have been “Ghost Rider”, “Beowulf” and “I Am Legend”. In “I Am Legend”, the Indian team worked on the Time Square Meadow scene in which Will Smith is seen in a ruined grass-grown Time Square. “Our team is now working on the next release, a film called Hancock”, said Krishnakant Mishra, who was creative supervisor for films like “Lord of The Rings”, and is the creative director of Imageworks India. Sanroff, who came to Imageworks from Warner Digital Studios, a Warner Bros. organisation says, “a successful film is one person’s imagination vended by 50 others”.

“Film-makers are today getting very good at describing exactly what they want,” Sanroff said.“Film-makers have got the vocabulary of expression and artists have also learnt the vocabulary. At the end of it we are all storytellers. “It is finally the great visual effects supervisors like Kevin Mack and Ken Ralston who are able to bring to life the images of the filmmaker’s story.” His vision of the future, “gaming and film will come closer”.

Sanroff, who has seen Bollywood films like “Krish” and “Chak De”, said: “Imageworks is in the business of visualising, whether it is Hollywood film or Bollywood film or one made in Hong Kong or elsewhere.” Source: thaindian,IANS

Ash out of Robot!!

The latest buzz doing rounds now is that Ash will not do the film Robot and Shankar is already in talks with Deepika Padukone for the role.

Is she doing it? Is she not? is the question in everyones mind as far as Robot and Aishwarya are concerned now. Since the project started there have been a lot of speculation about if she’ll do the movie, how much she would be paid for it etc. A Mumbai tabloid reports that Shankar plans to shoot ‘Robot’ over a period of two years and this is a already known news to the chennai365 readers and that apparently is not acceptable to Ash who cannot afford to give so much of time to a project. Going by the grapevine, Aishwarya is already on her way out as she was more concerned about spending that kind of time with her family rather on the sets of any movie.

Shankar is very found of Aishwarya since she made her acting debut in Shankar’s film ‘Jeans’. Since then it has been his wish to cast her in another one of his films and nothing had materialised until now. It remains to be seen if she has turned him down again for ‘Robot’. Deepika Padukone seems to be Shankar’s next choice as the heroine opposite Superstar Rajinikanth if Aishwarya opts out of Robot.

AAI to upgrade Chennai airport

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) will upgrade the Kolkata and Chennai airports at a cost of Rs 3,800 crore.

“AAI will spend Rs. 2,000 crore to modernise the Kolkata airport and Rs. 1,800 crore for the Chennai airport. The modernisation process has to be completed by 2010-11,” Chairman K. Ramalingam said here on Thursday.

In Kolkata, a new runway would be laid along the existing one. In Chennai, the existing cross runway would be operationalised and an additional runway built.

“The in-principle approval for the modernisation plans of the two airports has been given.” The projects would be carried out solely by AAI.

A third runway at the Delhi airport would be commissioned by September.

Speaking at the inauguration of ‘Aerodrome India 2008’, a three-day international exhibition on airport infrastructure, security and services, Mr. Ramalingam said there was need to build aviation infrastructure at a faster rate to manage traffic and build capacity at airports.

Indian airports handled 73.3 million passengers and 1.4 million tonnes of cargo in 2005-06. Civil aviation is expected to enjoy a compounded growth of about 25 per cent per annum for the next 10 years, according to official estimates. Source: hindu

Priyamani in Classmates remake

Priyamani will be next seen in the Tamil remake of the Malayalam hit movie Classmate. Priyamani is excited and looking forward to working in this movie as it will show her in a completely different light from Paruthiveeran or Thotta.

This movie is produced by Gemini Film Circuit and Priyamani will be paired opposite Prithviraj in this movie. Malayalam Classmates movie is about the alumni of a college re-uniting after 15 years. The film was directed by Lal Jose and featured Prithviraj, Indrajith, Kavya Madhavan, Narain, Jayasurya and others as the classmates.

‘Classmates’ is one among the highest grossing Malayalam movies. The songs of the movie were an all-time hit.

Priyamani will also be seen in the Telugu movie, Hare Ram where her character will have shades of humor in it. The actress is so impressed with her character in Hare Ram that she has expressed her desire to act in a similar movie in Tamil too. Chennai365 wishes her all the best in making her wish come true.