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Revival of Tamil Nadu film city being pushed

Chennai, Nov 5: The Film Employees Federation of South India (Fefsi) has urged the Tamil Nadu government to revive the film city here or sanction a new facility to enable shootings of Tamil films within the state.

"The members of Fefsi headed by president Ameer Sultan will meet Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha Tuesday with a memorandum of requests and press for immediate revival of the film city in Taramani," read an official statement from Fefsi Tuesday.

"It would help filmmakers and producers to shoot most of their films in the state instead of shooting in neighbouring states where they have to encounter strict.
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We would break all ties with Sri Lanka: Ameer Sultan

Chennai, March 20: Spearheading the Tamil film industry in support of the protest against alleged atrocities on Sri Lankan Tamils, filmmaker Ameer Sultan says they won't back down and if needed, will break all ties with Sri Lanka if no favourable solution is reached.

Members of Tamil film industry observed a day-long fast here Tuesday in support of the protests against alleged atrocities on Sri Lankan Tamils.

"Just because we have peacefully ended our fast, doesn't mean it's over yet. If the union government does not take a favourable decision in this issue, then we don't mind breaking all ties with Sri Lanka. We will ensure.
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Tamil film industry to observe a day's fast

Chennai, March 17: Tamil Nadu Film Director's Association (Tnfda) has Sunday announced that the Tamil film industry will observe a day's hunger strike March 19 here against reported genocide in Sri Lanka.

"On March 19, we will go on hunger strike between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. against the ongoing genocide in Sri Lanka. Thousands of innocent Tamilians are being killed and this is our way of showing support to our brothers and sisters there," filmmaker Ameer Sultan, secretary Tnfda, said in a statement.

"We have requested all members of the Tamil film industry to stop shooting on that day and join us in the movement," he added.

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'Ameerin Aadhi-Bhagavan' - falls short of distinction (Tamil Movie Review)

Film: "Ameerin Aadhi-Bhagavan"; Actors: Jayam Ravi, Neetu Chandra, Sudha Chandran, Saiju Kurup, Baby Antony, Karuna and Sakshi Sivanand; Director: Ameer Sultan; Rating: ***

One recurring question that constantly keeps ringing in our heads as we watch "Ameerin Aadhi-Bhagavan" is that why did Ameer spend nearly three years on this project. The answer to this question lies in the execution (read writing) of this film, but not in its making. It may come across as just another mistaken identity international thriller, but with deft writing, Ameer makes it an engaging watch with extended running time. Finally, does "Ameerin Aadhi-Bhagavan" live up to all the hype it created? Partially yes, but there are far too many lose ends left unattended.

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There was challenge associated with 'Aadhi Bhagavana': Neetu Chandra

Chennai, Feb 21: Actress Neetu Chandra says that more than her enthusiasm to work with Tamil filmmaker Ameer Sultan, it was a challenge to learn the language that persuaded her to be part of forthcoming Tamil action film "Aadhi Bhagavan".

"Having heard about Ameer's work, I expressed my interest to work in his film, but he instantly refused to work with me. When I asked why he wouldn't work with me, he said I can't speak Tamil. I took it up as a challenge and ten months later, I learnt and spoke to him in Tamil," Neetu told Ians.

"At that time he had already cast someone but I don't know what changed his mind and I was signed.
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Kamal Haasan to join tripartite talks Saturday

Kamal Haasan to join tripartite talks Saturday
Chennai, Feb 2: Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan is likely to join the formal tripartite talks Saturday with Muslim groups in a bid to end the ban on his mega-budget multilingual film "Vishwaroopam".

Kamal may join the formal talks later Saturday evening here, after the formal tripartite talks, which were scheduled Friday, were called off as the actor was in Mumbai.

"Apparently the Muslim organisations wanted Kamal to be present in the formal talks where they are likely to reach an amicable agreement," a government source told Ians.

Muslim leaders had met Tamil filmmaker Ameer Sultan and Chandra Haasan, brother of actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan and his partner in production company Raj Kamal Films International, Jan 31.

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Chandra Haasan meets Tamil Nadu official

Chennai, Feb 1: Filmmaker Kamal Haasan's brother Chandra Haasan met Tamil Nadu Home Secretary R. Rajagopal Friday along with leaders of 24 Muslim groups in a bid to end the ban on the film "Vishwaroopam".

"There are seven to eight minutes of the film that need to edited," said Mohammed Hanifa on behalf of the Muslim organisations, which complained that certain scenes were derogatory to their community.

Both sides are likely to come an amicable agreement.

Muslim leaders met Tamil filmmaker Ameer Sultan and Chandra Haasan's production company Raj Kamal Films International Thursday.

"We've submitted letters to the.
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Jaya explains 'Vishwaroopam' ban, Kamal thanks her (Roundup)

Jaya explains 'Vishwaroopam' ban, Kamal thanks her (Roundup)
Chennai/Mumbai, Jan 31: A day before the Hindi version of "Vishwaroopam" is set for release, actor-producer Kamal Haasan Thursday thanked Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa after she explained at length why she imposed a 15-day ban on the espionage thriller.

The versatile actor told the media that although he was angry when he threatened Wednesday to quit India, he would certainly leave the country if similar protests enveloped his movies.

Kamal Haasan's brother Chandra Haasan as well as Tamil filmmaker Ameer Sultan meanwhile met Muslim leaders in Chennai, a day after Kamal Haasan promised to cut parts of the Tamil-Telugu.
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Ameer to meet Muslim outfits on behalf of Kamal Haasan

Chennai, Jan 31: Tamil filmmaker Ameer Sultan Thursday said he will meet representatives of 24 Muslim organisations here to discuss the ban on actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan's "Vishwaroopam" and discuss ways to reach an amicable agreement on the film's release in Tamil Nadu.

He will meet the muslim representatives Thursday evening.

"I am meeting the members (of Muslim organisations) today to discuss the matter on behalf of Kamal sir. If we come to a conclusion, then we will release the film the very next minute in the state," Ameer, president of Film Employees Federation of South India (Fefsi), told reporters here.

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Neetu Chandra has 28 cigarettes in a day!

Bollywood actress Neetu Chandra who is in Pattaya, Thailand, shooting for Tamil industry’s showman Ameer Sultan’s film ‘Aadhi Bhagavan’ is down with a curious case of introduction to smoking.

Neetu who plays the leading lady in the Kollywood film opposite Southern superstar Jayam Ravi, had to enact a scene, wherein her character smokes a lot. Though initially, this was a serious issue for the non-smoker that Neetu is, she decided to give it her best shot simply for the sake of professionalism.

While director Ameer taught her how to hold a cigarette in different ways, Neetu ended up indulging herself.
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Neetu skips Bigg Boss 4 for Tamil film

Bollywood actress Neetu Chandra has refused to be a part of Bigg Boss 4 after landing herself a plum role down south.The actress has been roped in by Tamil director Ameer Sultan to play the lead in his next, titled Aadhi Bhagavan opposite southern superstar Jayam Ravi. "Though the Bigg Boss offer was lucrative and tempting, Neetu won’t be able to participate as she has to leave for Ameer Sultan’s shoot in Pattaya (Thailand) this week," her publicist Dale Bhagwagar said in a statement. Meanwhile, Neetu has been taking lessons in Tamil language for the film. ...
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Neetu Chandra skips Bigg Boss for Kollywood

Actress Neetu Chandra will skip entering the Bigg Boss house, as she has just landed herself a film down South.Director Ameer Sultan, who has given the Tamil film industry three award-winning jubilee hits in a row, has signed the Bollywood actress in the lead for his next venture Aadhi Bhagavan opposite Jayam Ravi.Ever since she began discussions for the Southern film last month, Neetu has been learning Tamil. Every day, a tutor has been giving her two hours of lessons, while she learns new words, how to construct sentences and improvise diction. Impressed with ...
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Neetu skips ‘Bigg Boss 4′ for Tamil film

New Delhi, Sep 26 – Bollywood actress Neetu Chandra has refused to be a part of ‘Bigg Boss 4′ after landing herself a plum role down south.

The actress has been roped in by Tamil director Ameer Sultan to play the lead in his next, titled ‘Aadhi Bhagavan’. opposite southern superstar Jayam Ravi.

‘Though the ‘Bigg Boss’ offer was lucrative and tempting, Neetu won’t be able to participate as she has to leave for Ameer Sultan’s shoot in Pattaya (Thailand) this week,’ her publicist Dale Bhagwagar.
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Neetu Chandra skips Bigg Boss 4

Actress Neetu Chandra has turned down the superhit reality show Bigg Boss 4 after landing herself a big-budget Tamil film.Director Ameer Sultan, who has given the Tamil film industry three award-winning jubilee hits in a row, has signed the Bollywood siren in the lead for his next ambitious venture Aadhi Bhagavan opposite Kollywood superstar Jayam Ravi."Though the Bigg Boss offer was lucrative and tempting, Neetu won't be able to participate as she has to leave for Ameer Sultan's shoot in Pattaya (Thailand) this week," said her publicist Dale Bhagwagar.Ever since she began discussions for the film ...
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Neetu skips 'Bigg Boss' for Kollywood!

Neetu Chandra will skip entering the 'Bigg Boss' house, as she has just landed herself a huge film down South. Director Ameer Sultan, who has given the Tamil film industry three award-winning jubilee hits in a row, has signed the Bollywood actress in the lead for his next ambitious venture 'Aadhi Bhagavan' opposite Kollywood superstar Jayam Ravi. "Though the 'Bigg Boss' offer was lucrative and tempting, Neetu won't be able to participate as she has to leave for Ameer Sultan's shoot in Pattaya (Thailand) this week," informed her publicist. Ever since she began discussions for the Southern film last month, Neetu has been learning Tamil. Every day, a tutor has been giving her two hours of lessons, while she learns new words, how to construct sentences and improvise diction. Impressed with Neetu's talent and dedication for bagging the role, the Southern director signed her last week.
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'Hyazgar' tops Cinefan fest

'Hyazgar' tops Cinefan fest
NEW DELHI -- Honoring the best of Asian and Arab cinema, the ninth annual Osian's Cinefan festival concluded Sunday with an awards ceremony that saw a best film nod for Korean director Zhang Lu's "Hyazgar" (Desert Dream).

Centering on the plight of North Korean refugees in Mongolia, the jury's citation heralded the film "for the conviction with which Zhang Lu depicts the contemporary crisis of our time."

Best actress went to Filipino veteran Cherry Pie Picache for her role as a mother who prepares her child for adoption by an American family in Brillante Mendoza's "Foster Child".

Lofto Abdelli picked up best actor for Nouri Bouzid's Tunisian film "Making Of" (Akher), which also shared a special jury award in the Asian & Arab competition section with Iranian film "Lonesome Trees" by Saeed Ebrahamifar.

The Indian competition section saw "Paruthiveeran" by Ameer Sultan pick up best film, while its leading lady, Priyamani, won best actress in the same section. Filmed in the South Indian Tamil language, "Paruthiveeran" explores the relationship between a small-time criminal and a girl from a respectable background.

Korea's Zhang Lu takes Cinefan plaudits

Korea's Zhang Lu takes Cinefan plaudits
NEW DELHI -- Honoring the best of Asian and Arab cinema, the 9th Osian's Cinefan festival concluded Sunday here with an awards ceremony that saw a best film nod for Korean director Zhang Lu's "Hyazgar" ("Desert Dream").

Revolving around the plight of North Korean refugees in Mongolia, the jury's citation heralded the film "for the conviction with which Zhang Lu depicts the contemporary crisis of our time."

Best actress went to Filipino veteran Cherry Pie Picache for her role as a mother who prepares her child for adoption by an American family in Brillante Mendoza's "Foster Child".

Lofto Abdelli picked best actor for Nouri Bouzid's Tunisian film "Making Of" ("Akher") which also shared a special jury award in the Asian & Arab competition section with Iranian film "Lonesome Trees" by Saeed Ebrahamifar.

The Indian competition section saw "Paruthiveeran" by Ameer Sultan picking up best film while its leading lady Priyamani won best actress in the same section. The film - in the South Indian Tamil language - explores the relationship between a small-time criminal and a girl from a respectable background.

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