Happy birthday, Prakash Raj!

Multiple National Award winning south India’s favourite villain, Prakash Raj celebrates his birthday today (March 26). The multi-faceted personality has contributed in ways more than one to films as an actor, director and producer. He is also one of the few actors who is popular in the five leading industries of the country – Bollywood, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.

Prakash Raj is today one of the prominent character artists who is in demand for films that feature top notch actors. Apart from a number of biggies in South Indian cinema he also has three promising films up north, ‘Dabangg 2′ with Salman Khan, ‘Rowdy Rathore’ and ‘Zanjeer’.

In fact in ‘Saguni’, a Karthi – Pranitha starrer, the makers weren’t satisfied with the villain’s performance after the shoot was entirely wrapped and immediately opted for Prakash Raj to add mass appeal to their film!

He is a content man for his directorial venture ‘Dhoni’ that released in Telugu – Tamil a month back opened to rave reviews from critics and was welcomed by audience as it’s a quality family entertainer.

Here’s wishing the ace talent a very happy birthday from IndiaGlitz as he blows another candle!

Why Nithya Menon prefers young heroes?

Malayalam beauty Nithya Menon, is now talk of the tinsel town both in Malayalam and Telugu as she has given hits in both the languages respectively. Her Telugu film Ala Modalaindi with Nani of Veppam fame has turned out to be super success and her Malayalam film Urumi is also a hit. Nithya is currently busy with more than five projects in her kitty in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada.

In a recent interview given to a prominent Malayalam magazine Nithya confessed that she prefers to work with only young actors of the new generation as her chemistry with young stars is better. She also disclosed that she isn’t interested in sharing the screen space with older heroes, just for doing a film. The actress is currently looking forward for the release of 180, which is a Tamil-Telugu bilingual.

180 is a romantic musical entertainer directed by Jayendra. Her other project in Tamil is Veppam which is again a bilingual in Tamil- Telugu.

Mani Ratnam: Back with a bang!

Breaking news, Breaking news, Breaking news! Top stars Vijay, Telugu star Mahesh Babu and Arya will reportedly star in veteran director Mani Ratnam’s next project which is based on Kalki Krishnamurthy’s popular Tamil historical novel ‘Ponniyin Selvan’. A historic fiction featuring mostly real historical characters and real historical incidents, Ponniyin Selvan narrates the story of Arulmozhivarman, later crowned as Raja Raja Chola, one of the greatest kings in Tamil history.

Vijay will play the courageous warrior Vallavarayan Vandiyatheyan and Mahesh Babu is likely to play king Aditha Karikalan. The role of Arulmozhi Varman (who later becomes Raja Raja Chola) will  be played by Arya. Anushka is likely to be one of the female leads.

It is learned that the film is planned with a whopping budget of Rs. 100 crores. As per sources, Mani Ratnam’s Madras Talkies is likely to produce this high budget film. Noted Tamil writer Jayamohan will pen the dialogues. The Ponniyin Selvan team will include Mani’s favourites A.R. Rahman, Santosh Sivan, Sabu Cyril and Sreekar Prasad. Shooting for this Tamil-Telugu bilingual is expected to begin in October.

Vikram, Vijay, Arya in Mani Ratnam’s next?

Here comes breaking news! Top stars Vikram, Vijay and Arya will reportedly star in veteran director Mani Ratnam’s next project. Apart from them, Telugu super star Mahesh Babu has also been signed for the project.

Reportedly Mani Ratnam’s next project will be based on Kalki Krishnamurthy’s popular Tamil historical novel ‘Ponniyin Selvan’. A historic fiction featuring mostly real historical characters and real historical incidents, Ponniyin Selvan narrates the story of Arulmozhivarman, later crowned as Raja Raja Chola, one of the greatest kings in Tamil history.

It is learned that the film is planned with a whopping budget of Rs. 200 crores. As per sources, Kalanidhi Maran of Sun Pictures, who earlier produced Enthiran (Robot) is likely to produce this high budget film. Noted Tamil writer Jayamohan will pen the dialogues.

It is also learnt that Vikram will play the title role Selvan in the film.

King Khan to romance a south Indian hottie in Vishal’s next

King Khan Shah Rukh Khan in his next with the Bollywood Tarantiono Vishal Bhardwaj will see the actor singing love songs with a south Indian hottie. After giving the mahurat shot for his favourite director Yash Chopra’s rom-com which also stars Katrina in April, Shah Rukh will shoot for the Sajid Nadiadwala produced picture which goes on floors this August

What we have heard from our close hands is that the character of the female lead in the picture demands knowledge of Tamil and it will be a new face.

Wannabe actresses from south are reported to be lining up for auditions keeping their fingers cross and hoping that they get a chance to share the screen with the global Indian superstar, the King of Romance Shahrukh Khan in the film to be directed by the gifted Vishal Bhardwaj.

Our guess is as good as yours…. Pls let us know which south Indian actress you feel will be the best for SR

Tanushree isn’t fishing for compliments

In the B-town – the world where glamour dominates the scene and compliments flow by the dozen – there is one actress who has a different approach towards the whole scenario. Having enjoyed her stint as a beauty queen years ago and staying in the glamour world for long as an actress, Tanushree is still wary of that extra attention which keeps coming her way in every public outing of hers.

“I do meet a lot of people, some not-to-interesting and a few presumably interesting,” she smiles, “However I avoid the kind of attention which comes my way as I am not comfortable with it. I keep thinking that what would I gain eventually with such attention.”

But then aren’t compliments a part of an actor’s constant journey? Why would she want to keep a distance?

“See, compliments are good to begin with but an overdose of that isn’t something that I like,” Tanushree reasons here, “I just respond to them politely and move on. I have nothing against those people who approach me; I don’t look down at them either. But then please don’t blame me if I don’t feel the same way as you do.”

Well, hope all guys our there did get the message after all.

‘Mogudu’ title confirmed for Gopichand’s next

It is well aware that Krishnavamsi is planning to direct a film with Gopichand as hero. Nallamalupu Srinivas (Bujji) had agreed to produce the movie and the flick is likely to hit the floors in March.

The latest information is that the director and producer came to an understanding to title the film as ‘Mogudu’ and are presently busy in finalising the remaining casting and technicians.

Gopichand who tasted a failure like ‘Wanted’ recently, is busy making efforts to regain the past image by delivering a big hit in the direction of a creative director like Krishnavamsi.

This would be their debut combination and the director too is committed to deliver a big hit as most of his recent flicks bumped at the Box Office.

Krishnavamsi had some other projects on hand with Nagarjuna and Ram Charan. As both of them are busy with their respective films, he had decided to take up a project with Gopichand immediately.

Boyapati Srinu’s Jr. NTR starrer titled Churakatti?

Director Boyapati Srinu’s proposed Jr. NTR starrer, produced by K.S. Rama Rao under the banner of Creative Commercials, has been reportedly titled Churakatti. However, other reports suggest that Gharjana is the name under consideration.

It is also learnt that actress Trisha is likely to be the heroine. But some say that Vogue beauty Shruti Haasan, who recently gave a marvelous performance in Anaganaga O Dheerudu, is most likely to be the female lead. The film is expected to go on floors shortly. More details are awaited.

Jr. NTR is currently busy with Mehar Ramesh’s big budget extravaganza Shakti, produced by Ashwini Dutt under the banner of Vyjayathi Movies. Ileana is the heroine.