Tamil Nadu


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Its been some time since ‘Sivaji – The Boss’ the next film of the southern superstar Rajni has been announced and everyday the hoopla around it seems to increase exponentially. Here are some mindboggling information surrounding this movie:

1. Out of all director Shankar’s movies this is being touted as the most expensive one. And here is the breakup – 68% was spent in location, not surprisingly 12% in graphics, 8% as salaries (no doubt excluding dat of Rajni’s) 8% for costumes, 2% for music maestro A.R.Rahman and other techincians, and the remaining 2% on miscellaneous.

2. Amitabh Big B Bachchan is supposedly making his first guest appearance with Rajni in a Tamil movie. And dat is something to watch out for. Rumours say the Big B shot for the movie in 2 days at Pune.

3. Not to stop at Big B..Shankar has allegedly also roped in Malayam Superstar Mamooty for a special scene n the movie. 4. Here are some numbers for you to digest – The distribution rights for Sivaji has been sold to kerala for 6 crores,(an alltime high)- and actor Vineet seems to have bagged the exclusive rights. The movie has found a distrubutor for Karnataka in Ravichandran who sources claim paid a whopping 9 crores and not to be outdone Andhra Pradesh bagged the movie rights for – hold your breath! – 17 crores!5. Here are some more titbits for the expectant: Sun TV and Reliance are fighting tooth & nail for satelite, dvd, and audio rights. 80 crores seem to be the stake amount for the same with additional 100 mil USD for International rights.

6. International DVD release rights for 9 countries worldwide is being competed by
‘Ayngaran International’ of Canada and ‘Pyramid’ of india. Wikipedia has listed Ayngaran as the distributors worldwide, so now we know who bagged the deal.

7. AVM Productions has magnanimously announced that they will give 25% profit to the charity (Sivaji Foundation) if the movie hits silver jubliee, which I am sure his fans will ensure.

8. And as per the cover story of the No:1 Japanese magazine called “Tosho” this movie has crossed the expectation of even hollywood Bond flick “Casino Royale” and this also supposedly makes Rajinkanth the highest paid actor in the world.

9. Tosho magazine also reveals that the total revenue for AVM Productions (if the movie successfully runs for 50 days only in southern India)will be around 430 crores

10. And last but not the least in a series of firsts: This movie is going to be the first to be dubbed in the local languages of Turkey, Hausa, Gonga(South Africa) and kshinola (Argentina).

Scandals not to be withstood Sivaji faced the music when its soundtrack was allegedly leaked in the internet 2 weeks before its actual launch. And a miffed Shankar who swears by the secrecy of his films has decided to re-shoot the songs.

I just hope albeit all the hype the movie manages to entertain the audience like Rajni’s past movies did.

Tailender: Much has also been said and written about Rajnikant’s popularity in Japan. Here are two pictures of Rajni’s popular film Arunachalam hoarding in Japan which should silence the skeptics –

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What do u do when all you ever had vanishes and you have no one to blame? When you lose the roof above your head, and when you have no means of winning daily bread for your family? When there are thousands of people ready to help you, but you find no help?  No Idea? Ask the Tsunami victims.

 Two years after the tsunami, billions of dollars donated by governments and individuals around the world has still not been spent on reconstruction. Figures say, of the $6.7 billion pledged, $3.5 billion has not been spent. The only people who came knocking to their doors were ‘cash -for-organ’ brokers, eyeing the huge sea of prospective ‘donors’ in front of them. Their targets: anyone with a healthy kidney. tsunami.jpg

According to a recent BBC report, around 150 people of Ernavur, Tamil Nadu, mainly women are said to have undergone the dangerous surgery, in order to pay back debts and to keep the stove burning.The average price of a kidney: Rupees 50,000. An amount very often promised, but not paid.Revathy and Maria are among the large number women who have the same sad story to tell. The Chennai Police are probing into the issue. 

Organ sales are prohibited in India and is a punishable offence, but relatives are allowed to donate to the patient. The sad and shocking part of the story is that some of these operations were carried out in government hospitals. The government, according to an anonymous aid worker, seems to be disregarding this community because it is a marginalised one and feels the government would prefer the coast was used to build hotels. But, the result is: desperate people. 

Homeless, penniless, cheated, in deep pain, helpless and some, short of a kidney, best describes the state of many of the families in the Tsunami struck areas of Tamil Nadu. Its time the government stops shutting its eyes towards the poor if it really wants to improve conditions in India, and make it ‘Shining’ or ‘Incredible!’.

25 days ago the Cauvery verdict was announced and it has been 25 days since all the prominent Tamil channels have been banned in Karnataka. What’s the connection one may ask?Apparently one section of the society states that the cable operators association is supporting the government’s decision in opposing the decision of the tribunal, while others feel that the cable operators fear the wrath of the Kannada activists. Yet another group rationalizes that viewers may get influenced or agitated, as the case might be, seeing the reactions in Tamil nadu. But nobody, not even the cable operators seem to know how this ban came into effect and nor are they aware when the situation is going to be reversed.

Freedom of expression is one of the most fundamental of all rights yet our government feels the need to regulate it. So what can we next expect after banning channels, websites & blogs? What kind of a freedom do we enjoy if we need to be spoon-fed predigested news, either on TV or in mainstream print? And what in the name of the good lord are consumer rights?

Except a few disgruntled voices here and there nobody seems to care enough to even muster a protest. And to think that some pompous bureaucrat sitting in his office & passing such blanket regulations, with no explanations whatsoever, is totally unjustified and irks me no end.

Now that the Karnataka government has rejected the decision of the Central tribunal and are seeking legal review, when do we get our channels back please?

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In God’s Own Country there is no place for child beggars – or atleast that’s the way it looks for the capital. Like many other cities in India, Thiruvanthapuram was a city not alien to child beggars who are a major source of income for the ‘beggar mafias’ who smuggle hundreds of children from nearby villages and towns. In Trivandrum, the problem was very acute and young children from villages in neighbouring Tamil Nadu begging on the streets was a common sight. It is estimated that around 800 beggars earn about Rs 2 lakh on a single day which amounts to Rs. 9 crore every year.

It is likely that many cities will follow suit in such steps towards eradicating beggars. Such initiatives are indeed commendable if the rehabilitation of these children are taken care of with the involvement of NGOs and social welfare organisations as it happened in Thiruvananthapuram.

However, the over-enthusiasm of officials and the government to declare a city as ‘beggar-free’ or ‘child-beggar free’ could make these children end up in far-worse living conditions. In the pursuit of bringing in foreign investment and to create hype about Indian cities, let us not treat them as ‘unpleasant sightings’ and work towards rehabilitating children like Pooja who lost touch with her parents after a beggar kidnapped her. Please help Pooja find her parents.

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I dont understand a word in tamil, but damn!!! the songs good …

Enjoy …

Guru I look forward to Mani Ratnam films. Most of them I have watched in Tamil and Hindi. I can’t wait for Guru to hit a cinema near me.

Shobha Warrier has done a really good interview with Mani Ratnam on rediff on Guru.

Is his (Abhishek Bachchan) wife (Aishwarya Rai) meant to be a beautiful woman?

She is a realistic woman. I didn’t write in the script that he is married to a beautiful woman and therefore we got Aishwarya. No, it is not that. He gets married to a strong woman and her strength helps him in his growth. So, we needed somebody who can do that.

This is a very realistic character and something different from what Aishwarya has been doing. She has to look like a village girl first, and then a middle aged housewife in a small town. Then she grows to become 45-50. So, she had to do that kind of range, and she was ready to do that.

When did you decide that this will be a Hindi film?

That also comes very early on. Here was a small town guy becoming big all over India, and he is based in Bombay. If I have to do it in Tamil, I have to get all the characters around him speak Tamil. Everyone he meets has to speak in Tamil, so I had to find devices constantly as to why all of them speak in Tamil.

We have dubbed it in Tamil, and it won’t look like a dubbed film as a lot of effort has been taken to make it look realistic and rooted. We are quite happy with the product. I have dubbed it in Telugu also because these languages take dubbing well.

Mullaperiyar
If any of you had read my profile on the Mutiny, you would have noticed that one of the reasons why I’m absent from the blog at times is because I’m busy stopping Tamil Nadu from stealing Kerala’s water. That’s a joke.

Unfortunately things have taken a turn for the worse. The kind of voices we are hearing from Thrivanathapuram and Chennai is close to what sides itching for a battle would do. The one thing this entire episode is not about is water. Never has Kerala said it would not give water to Tamil Nadu. I don’t think any Malayalee would be able to sleep at night know what we are knowingly denying Tamils water.

The issue is safety. The dam is over a hundred years old. It if breaks, the lives of 3.5 million people in Kerala is at risk. The attitude shown by some in Tamil Nadu towards this concern is worrying. They have blocked roads into Kerala and asked the centre to take over the dam. Tamils have to understand, that if they play the community card and paint Malayalees as villains for short-term gains, it will have a very negative impact on our future relations.

The Mullaperiyar dam was built as a goodwill gesture, for 18 years Tamil Nadu government has not paid for the water. Kerala has continued to supply water inspite of this. The government in Chennai needs to ask itself what it would achieve by creating this kind of a situation.

For every argument raised by Tamil Nadu in support of its claims, there is counter-argument in Kerala that appears equally plausible. Yet, each time the controversy gets embroiled in extraneous issues, two things stand out: One is Kerala’s refusal to ack nowledge the genuine need of the farmers in the otherwise drought-prone regions of Tamil Nadu for the waters of the Mullaperiyar; the other is Tamil Nadu’s refusal to see that it cannot rely on or continue to expect more and more from the resources of an other State to satisfy its own requirements to the detriment of the other State. A solution perhaps lies in acknowledging the two truths, but neither government can afford the political repercussions of such a confession.

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