Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Sony Ericsson has decided to put the two Walkman and Cybershot brands together in the new Satio. This means an industry-leading camera, a full range of multimedia playback options and it's based on Symbian S60 5th edition to boot. The overall feel of the handset is odd. Thanks to the sheer range of camera-related gadgetry on board the rear of the phone has a massive camera section bolted to the back, which makes it a little chunky.There is a front facing video camera on there too for all that video calling fun everyone has these days, but it's down the sides of the phone where the button frenzy really begins. On the left-hand side is the slider for unlocking the phone (which is in just about the right place for most hands), the standard Sony Ericsson port for USB connection, charging and headphone connection (boo!). Below that lives the microSD slot, which is covered by a nice hinged flap. Over on the right side of the phone we get the camera controls, with the zoom buttons doubling as the volume up/down keys, despite having the 'proper' zoom icons on.The Satio is being tipped as a multimedia device, and to that end the box is filled with audio and visual goodies. We've already pointed out how very, very disappointed we are there's no 3.5mm headphone jack on the Satio, but Sony Ericsson has tried to temper that problem with a variety of headphone options in the box.

Saturday, December 19, 2009


Sri Lanka squared the five-mach series 1-1 by winning the day-night game in Nagpur by three wickets with five balls remaining.Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been banned for two one-day international matches for his team's slow over rate in Friday's second ODI against Sri Lanka, the Indian cricket board said on Saturday. The match ended 45 minutes after scheduled time due to frequent discussions between the Indian players in the tight chase. "Dhoni has been given a sanction of a two-match man," Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary N. Srinivasan told Reuters. "I am yet to read the order."

The International Cricket Council is yet to make a formal announcement on the ban.Following the ban Dhoni will be unavailable for the third and fourth matches in Cuttack on Monday and in Kolkata on Thursday. The final match will be played in Delhi on Dec 27. The Indian team for the remaining three matches will be announced later on Saturday. As the Vice captain Yuvraj Singh is also injured, Virender Sehwag is likely to capatain the side for the next two matches. Dinesh Karthik, the wicket Keeper Batsman is likely to replace Dhoni for the next two matches. Dhoni's abscence will be a great drawback for the Indian side.

Friday, December 18, 2009


Movie made at a staggering half a billion dollars and promised amazing, never seen before visuals – you actually not know what to expect from this flick. I was blank as well, as I walked in to the theater wearing dark glasses thinking whether it was going to be a film that was just going to show graphics and graphics only and flush the story and narration down the sewer? Anything could happen, I told myself you save the disappointment, but coming from James Cameroon, I convinced myself that it would have a decent enough story and amazing visuals. Just like Terminator and Titanic – Both of them which had a pretty interesting story but even more appealing visuals and effects. Avatar reminds us about another great film Matrix that hit the screens 10 years back, probably when James Cameroon went to the floors with this film. Two bodies – one mind. Human Genome mixed with those of the humanoids of Pandora and so…. Well you kind of understand it even though you are sweating at the mention of few biological utterances. Our hero has Equivalent pandorian which he can control with his mind. His mission is to gain the natives of Pandora’s trust and negotiate deals with them for re locating them so that human’s can extract the precious stone worth 20 million Dollars. The stone has a very complicated name, so let’s just call it the precious stone.

Our hero finally befriends them , becomes one of them and just as when he is trying to understand them more deeply, He makes a confession on a video cam that it is very difficult to re locate the natives as they wouldn’t want to relocate. All hell breaks loose as the human’s led by a head strong major launch an offensive against their village that is on top of a tree. The tree (Their Village) is brought down and is smashed. The natives try to take revenge. This makes the entire chunk of the climax!On the whole, Avatar pretty much delivers what I expected out of it… A decent interesting story line and visuals I have not seen anywhere. It delivers it. It’s just right THERE. Skip the movie, if you want to kindle the cinephile in you.

Monday, December 7, 2009


Except for a few known faces including a cameo by Prakash Raj, the movie largely has debutants in the lead with Jayvanth playing the lead. The story is big enough to be scribbled in a post-it note. The protagonist earns the ire of a gangster after crossing roads with him but merits the love of his daughter. He goes on to make a movie with the help of his daughter but when it was ready for release, the enraged father pulls out all the stops to prevent it from screening. But in the process, he ends up with blood in his hand. Repenting for his act and seeking peace, he goes back to the slum and starts serving the poor who he earlier treated like slaves. Dramatic indeed. The movie heaves its way through the total duration with no specific drive in the plot. The screenplay is ridden with loopholes and the strictly so-so performances do nothing to improve the proceedings. Kanja Karuppu’s comedy induces yawn than laughter.

Your surprise of spotting Ilayaraja’s name in the opening credits remains just that, a surprise. Neither the songs nor the background score has any Ilayaraja stamp on it, surprisingly. And if that’s not enough, there’s another surprise in the name of Karthik Raja, he’s the cinematographer of the movie.The name Mathiya Chennai might evoke a sense of revulsion but the movie is not about repulsive gangsters or gang wars. It’s a rather plain story of love and loss that treads the same old path of love, vengeance, guilt and other dramatic emotions.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Who will wield the megaphone for Ajith Kumar’s 50th film?

Finally the wait is over. The actor Ajith Kumar is constantly going through script works of 3 filmmakers, he has finalized to work with for 50th film.

After much discussion actor Ajith Kumar finalized the filmmaker for his 50th film. The Ultimate Star Ajith Kumar 50th film will be produced by Dayanidhi Azhagiri’s Cloud Nine Pictures.

Ajith is willing to cast Venkat Prabu as the director for his 50th film after Venkat Prabu completes ‘Goa’ with his favorite team Premji, Jai and Vaibhav, Which is Produced by Soundarya Rajinikanth, the movie is based on real life incidents and his earlier style of filmmaking is said to have attracted Ajith.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


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simple to operate and battery backup lasts for more than a day and cost of the mobile is Rs.5200

Saturday, November 21, 2009


“Aayirathil Oruvan’ is produced by R. Ravendran of Dream Valley Entertainment with Karthi, Andrea, Reema Sen and Parthiban in lead roles. The reports have furthermore stated that it will take nearly a couple of months to complete the post productions works: editing, sound recording and graphic works.Earlier, it was reported that Selvaraghavan’s magnum opus “Aayirathil Oruvan’ is sure to hit screens for Christmas. But now it has been confirmed that Aayirathil Oruvan is nowhere near its release in 2009 and will be release for 2010 pongal.

Ravendran has issued a press statement saying that the film was started as a Rs 7 crore project, then it became Rs 12 crore and finally at the time of release it will touch Rs 31 Crore!.  He also said the movie shaped out well, it took time because it is an action adventure period drama with lots of special effects and graphics. Now it is getting ready for release positively for Pongal 2010. Until now, none of the TV channels have come forward to acquire the satellite rights due to big price tags. As well, buzzes are that distributors are unwillingly backing off as Ravendran has quoted big amount that may not benefit them with desired results.

Monday, November 16, 2009


"It can be said that he is the Bradman of our times and I do feel privileged to have played a lot of cricket against him." - Former Australian captain Steve Waugh.

"I think, apart from Sir Garfield Sobers nobody else has played 20 years in international cricket and 20 years playing at the very highest level and to the very highest standard is an achievement beyond compare." - Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar.

"He continues to give more than 100 per cent and his schoolboy-like enthusiasm for the game is something I envy and admire. For the team he is the best available coaching manual." - Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

"There will never be another Sachin Tendulkar." - Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiash Muralitharan.

"The way he has taken on the role of India's greatest sporting ambassador... He has, among other things, inspired a generation and more to play cricket." - India's 1983 World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev.

"His humbleness and simplicity has helped him to achieve what others could not. His dedication is one of the main reasons for his achievements and he is role model to up and coming youngsters. In India every youngster who is in to school or college cricket wants to become a Sachin." - Former captain and Chairman of India's selection panel Kris Srikkanth.

"What I admire about Sachin is his humility, respect for elders and the passion for the game that he has retained even after so many years and after achieving so much in cricket. He has not changed at all." - Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar.

"He is a great human being, a great player and I have been very lucky to have a friend like Sachin Tendulkar. I want to wish him all the luck. I want to congratulate him for finishing his 20 years in international cricket. He has dominated world cricket for 20 years and I hope that he will continue to dominate it." - Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.

"I have delayed my shoots many times to watch Sachin bat" - Filmstar Amitabh Bachchan.

"...when he is in full flow, the mild-mannered boyish cricketer can look extremely intimidating. If there is a resonance, I find of myself in his batting, it is in that intent that he communicates." - Former West Indies captain and batting great Vivian Richards.

"Over the years Sachin has remained remarkably consistent and has more records than anybody I can remember. His talent and versatility are unquestioned which is why the only question that rankles is why he did not win enough games for his team?" - Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan.

"His biggest strength as a batsman is his adaptability. And that is something really. really amazing, something so special." - Former India captain Sourav Ganguly.

"In his life cricket comes first. When he is on tour he is thinking about nothing but cricket, and when he is not on tour he dedicates quality time to his family. That shows his dedication to the game and to his family. He has found the right balance." - Tendulkar's India teammate and opening partner Virender Sehwag.

"He loves cricket and with his hardwork, focus and commitment he has truly become a outstanding ambassador for the sport at a time when commercialism is so rampant." - Former Pakistan captain and coach Javed Miandad.

"I think Tendulkar has outdone all the other greats with his hunger for the game which is amazing." - Former Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir.

"What has impressed me the most about Tendulkar all these years is his humble and simple nature. I never saw him ever let the fame and adulation he enjoys get to his head." - Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq.

"I don't watch cricket much but I admire Sachin Tendulkar. I like the way he has conducted himself over the years. He has been such a huge star for so long but has not had a single controversy against his name." - Olympic bronze medallist boxer Vijender Singh.

"The best thing about Sachin Tendulkar is that he's completely rooted, down to earth, and a thorough gentleman. He's probably the best thing to have happened to Indian cricket and maybe Indian sport as a whole." - Indian tennis star Sania Mirza.

"I see him continuing until more landmarks like 50 hundreds. 100 centuries is not difficult for him because the passion for the game is still very much there even after 20 years," - Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif.

Saturday, November 14, 2009


The night of the Hyderabad ODI was one that every Indian fan is bound to find hard to forget. NewsX brings for you exclusive pictures from a Hyderabad hotel, a few hours after the Indian team lost to Australia by a mere three runs. First up is captain Dhoni with a gaggle of girls. The girls clearly can't get enough of the smashing Indian skipper. Dhoni wasn't the only one enjoying female company - new boy Ravindra Jadeja seems to have had his piece of fun too. Ashish Nehra can be also seen holding a glass of something that looks spurious to say the least. And, if one looks closely enough, one can see therein Virender Sehwag behind a huge cloud of smoke.Are the Indian players out of line in behaving like this after a harrowing day's play? Yes. With the team having lost, that's probably the most obvious sentiment.

Sunday, November 8, 2009


Left-arm seamer Doug Bollinger grabbed five for 35 to set up Australia's six-wicket victory over India in the sixth one-dayer on Sunday for an unassailable 4-2 lead in the seven-match series. New ball bowler Bollinger dismissed Sachin Tendulkar (10) and Yuvraj Singh (6) off successive overs in his opening spell before claiming Mahendra Dhoni (24), Harbhajan Singh (zero) and Ravindra Jadeja for 57 to bowl out India for 170. All-rounders Jadeja and Praveen Kumar (54 not out) struck fifties and shared in a 74-run stand for the eighth wicket to lift the hosts, who were tottering at 27 for five after choosing to bat first on a two-paced pitch.

In-form Shane Watson struck 49 but the world champions suffered a mini collapse when off-spinner Harbhajan Singh took the wickets of Watson and Ricky Ponting (25) in quick succession. Michael Hussey (35 not out) put on 53 for the fourth wicket with Cameron White (25) and 29 with Adam Voges (23 not out) to guide the team to victory in 41.5 overs. The last match will be played in Mumbai on Wednesday.

Saturday, November 7, 2009


Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad today lavished praise on batting great Sachin Tendulkar and said the young cricketers in the sub-continent should follow his example if they are serious about carving out a career in cricket.Miandad was all praise for the Tendulkar, who completed 17,000 ODI runs in the fifth one-day international against Australia at Hyderabad today. "I think the way Tendulkar has handled his career and lasted for so long, keeping his passion for runs alive, is a lesson for budding young cricketers in Pakistan and India," Miandad said. "Youngsters should adopt Tendulkar as their role model if they want to progress in the sport," he added. Miandad said he admired the way Tendulkar had kept his hunger alive for runs despite having such a long career.

Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar rated his 175 against Australia here Thursday as one of the best knocks of his career.  Tendulkar scored 175 off 141 ball, enroute to his record 17,168 runs, but couldn't prevent India from losing the fifth ODI to Australia by three runs.  'I thought we started off really well then lost wickets. Suresh (Raina) and I had a good partnership but in the end, it was disappointing. The pressure to keep scoring runs was there and we took it very close. But I feel it was one of my best knocks,' said Tendulkar, who was adjudged as the Man of the Match.

The batting maestro praised Raina for playing a strokefilled run-a-ball that got India close while chasing 351 to win. On his personal milestone of crossing 17,000 runs, Tendulkar said: 'I care about playing for India, it's a passion and I have been absoloutely honoured to play for India so long.' Australian captain Ricky Ponting also applauded Tendulkar for playing one of the best knocks in his 20-year-old career. 'It was one of the amazing games and certainly one of the best innings ever from Sachin. Sachin didn't play many bad shots today!

Friday, November 6, 2009


Kanden Kadhalai is a film for the youth. Shakthi (Bharath) is down in the dumps! The big business establishment that his father has built is falling apart, the board of directors is going insane with arguments and to top it all there are allegations that his mother is having an affair with the company’s auditor. Not able to take any more of the misery he walks out of the board meeting. The day after he goes missing, everyone wonders where he is gone. In fact, even he has no idea of where he wants to go. He just wants to escape from everything, even from himself. Without a ticket in hand or a destination in mind he boards a train. Aboard he comes across Anjali (Tamanna) who is poles opposite to him in character. She just can’t stop talking, most of which is about herself. As we discover later, the person she loves most in the world is herself. In a weird twist of events, brought about by Shakthi’s pointless sauntering and Anjali’s insuppressible energy, they find themselves together, stranded in the middle of nowhere with no means of transport for the night. They get to know each other over the period that they are together. Travelling across Tamil Nadu to get to Anjali’s home, Shakthi starts feeling lighter and better. He starts learning a lot about taking it easy. Meanwhile Anjali has plans of her own, love is on her mind. But the man is not Shakthi. However she wants Shakthi’s help to reach her lover. She runs away from home and Shakthi goes back to resurrect his business. Everyone believes that they are together, somewhere. It takes some time for Shakthi to realize that everyone believes in something that is not exactly true. So, he sets out to prove that Anjali has actually found love and life with another person. Does he find her? What is she doing? This time the tables turn. Anjali is somber and Shakthi can’t stop talking. Does love happen?

At the outset, it is important to understand that this film is not only about love or romance. It also shows at places about how life and all its ups and downs have to be dealt with. The story defends love and lovers under all circumstance. Some people might find certain thoughts a bit difficult to agree with, but that doesn’t hinder the film much. The chemistry of the lead pair which is the moving force of the film has worked well. Both Tamanna and Bharath look fresh and different in their roles. Bharath is neat and sophisticated in his role. Tamanna looks good especially in the half saree. As for her performance, she is really good while bringing out different facets of the character. It is a commendable effort. She has proved her ability to pull off a wide range of roles. The high point of the movie is Santhanam’s whacky comic act. Appearing as the bridegroom chosen by Anjali, his dialogues infuse life into the movie. The audience loves him, except when he goes into double entendre mode. This could have been avoided as it spoils the clean family entertainer status that the movie could have had. The major drawback of Kanden Kadhalai is its lack of continuity at places. There are also places where the events seem a bit artificial. The music, which is an important part of any romantic flick, has not worked too well. Only ‘Suttudhu Suttudhu’ makes an impression. Other songs don’t stick to your mind; their placement too is not apt. Camerawork is colorful and well suited to the mood of the film.


Due to two low pressures in the Bay of Bengal Tamilnadu receives heavy rainfall. Trichy, tuticorin (thoothukudi),velankanni and other states in the south receives very heavy  rainfall from the past 24 hours. In chennai it has been  raining continuously from the previous day night. The Meteorological Dept. has predicted very heavy heavy rainfall in Tamilnadu for the next 24 hours. So the TN Govt. has declared leave(6/11/2009)  for schools and colleges in trichy, tuticorin, velankanni, thiruvallur, kancheepuram, pudukottai, ramanathapuram, tirunelveli. Even in chennai, the mayor announced leave for  municipality schools.

Thursday, November 5, 2009


Due to heavy rains in the state Tamilnadu Government has declared leave to schools in the south(5th nov 2009). No leave for chennai because of low rainfall. However, the meteorological dept. has announced heavy rains in the state for the next two days.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


This first Indo-UK collaborated movie is about a musical genius named Arjun(Ajay Devgan) whose only aim is to play at the Wembley stadium. Being a goal-oriented person, he tries to avoid any distractions that could deter his way towards his dream and that also include an attractive girl in his band Priya (Asin). His band London Dreams slowly gets popular and touches the peak when Arjun brings his childhood friend Munnu (Salman) from a small village in Punjab who excels in singing. His freakish charm makes him an instant hit amongst the audience. Arjun realizes that his dream is being taken over unwittingly by Munnu and when Munnu also gets a nod from Asin, Arjun loses it and decides to take the grey route to success, fame and glory at the expense of his friendship. Will Arjun be successful in doing that forms the rest of the story.

Vipul, who showed his talents in his earlier movies, proves once again why he is considered to be a top director by making a visually stunning movie with almost flawless direction. Some scenes like Ajay Devgn talking to a drunken Salman about being sorry for what he is about to do is poetic brilliance. Salman Khan's misadventures in the flight are entertaining. Though Salman Khan's dialogues in the climax are melodramatic it works for the scene brilliantly. But the movie suffers due to few reasons, like some sloppy transitions, unwanted songs and most of all selecting Ajay Devgn to play a rock-star. He is a star alright and the emotional scenes proves how much he has improved as an actor but the character needed a person who is much more energetic on screen and especially on-stage, which he lacked completely. The introduction scenes of all the lead, except Ajay, have been done badly; especially Asin who comes into the picture from no-where and ends up in the band. The pre-climax in the Wembley stadium is laughable, with 90000 people in the audience waiting for Ajay to utter some Hindi dialogues and sending their empty water bottles up in the sky on a regular basis is not at all acceptable. The movie is high on the emotional quotient like Vipul's last two directorial ventures but will 'London Dreams' sustain at the box-office as they did will be interesting to see. But overall, a decent movie with some interesting performance and amazing camera work .

Thursday, October 8, 2009


Finally, Vijay’s ‘Vettaikaran’ is slated to hit the screens for Pongal 2010. It’s been a well known story that the film was supposed to get released for Diwali and literally got postponed due to last minute changes in shooting schedule. Now, the closer hands of trade analysts have mentioned that Pongal 2010 will have more releases. Ajith Kumar’s ‘ASAL’ directed by Saran will also hit the screens for the occasion. Actors Vijay and Ajith Kumar have been best rivalries at box office. It’s worth mentioning that both their films have been released on the same occasion (Thirumalai and Aanchaneya for Diwali 2003, Aadhi and Paramasivan for Tamil New Year 2006).

This time, it may get tougher for both the stars as they have got to deliver a successful film since their previous releases had witnessed unfavourable results. Apart from Vijay’s ‘Vettaikaran’ and Ajith Kumar’s ‘ASAL’, Karthi-Thamannah starrer ‘Paiyya’ is also getting released. Buzzes are that Silambarasan’s ‘Vinnaithandi Varuvaaya’ directed by Gowtham Menon may also release for the festive occasion.

Monday, October 5, 2009


One of the highly anticipated Tamil movie releases for Pongal 2009 is "Asal" with Ultimate Star Ajith playing the lead role. He is said to appear in a dual role in this movie. Director Saran has given multiple hits with Ajith earlier with films like "Amarkalam" and "Attagasam". Bhavana and Sameera Reddy are playing the respective heroines for dual role Ajith. Yesteryear actor Suresh, who made his debut with Panneer Pushpangal in early 80s, makes his comeback as a baddie in Ajith Kumar’s upcoming film Asal. Earlier, the actor had tried his luck donning villain role in Srikanth-Bhavana starrer Kizhaku Kadarkarai Saalai that left him unnoticed. But, the actor is overwhelmed with Saran’s offer since his characterization is as powerful as the protagonist.Asal will be released for pongal 2010. Ajith Kumar ‘ASAL’ that was supposed to get released for ‘Diwali’ is getting delayed. With all the fans eagerly awaiting for his release, producers of the film have confirmed that it will release in late 2009 or for Pongal 2010.Recently, the crew returned from Malaysia shooting few talkie and song portions. The next shooting schedule is slated to take place by September first week in London.Musical score by Bharadwaj may hit the stores somewhere in end of October or November 1stweek.Ajith's forthcoming movie is in limelight even before it has been released. In the latest agreement signed between the Indo-Russian Chanber of Commerce and Industries and Russian Union of Cinematography, South Indian films will be dubbed in Russian and be screened in Russia. Asal will be the first film that will be released simultaneously in Russia.

Friday, October 2, 2009


Yamaha India has attacked the 150cc bike segment once again with the launch of another variant of FZ16 after the success of FZ-S. This time the company has come up with a half fairing version of the Yamaha FZ16, which has been christened Yamaha Fazer. Yamaha Motors India has launched the 2009 model of V-Max in Indian market. V-Max is priced at Rs. 20,00,000.Yamaha also launched 3 limited edition variants of FZ Series. Fazer is powered by the same 153cc engine which powers the FZ16 & FZ-S, though i expected a new engine as the weight of Fazer is more than its siblings due to the front fairing. Power output is more or less the same. The air cooled, 4 stroke, SOHC engine which generates maximum power of 14 Bhp at 7500 rpm with maximum torque of 14 Nm at 6000 rpm. The 153cc engine of this bike is designed for the urban commute. The broad tyres, low center of gravity and high torque at low rpm makes it a breeze to drive in city traffic.

The bike has a more relaxed seating posture thanks to a little lifted handlebar which prevents fatigue and aids to the comfort for the backbone making it more comfortable for highway riding. The bike also carries the mid-ship muffler of the FZ series which concentrates weight close to the center of gravity for enhancing the control of the bike on high speed cruising. Paint job is top notch and the fit and finish exuberates typical Yamaha quality.The bike comes loaded with India’s fattest and grippiest rear MRF radial tyre (140/60-17) mated with a 100/80-17 for the front for acute cornering and solid grip on any type of tarmac.The bike is also loaded with a 7 step adjustable Monocross suspension of the FZ series which aids to the stability of the bike in a huge way and makes the bike a potent and stable performer. Yamaha has done away with the two tone seat cover for the Fazer. The bike now sports a carbon pattern all black seating skin and the seating is cushioned adequately to give one of the better and comfortable long rides.