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From director to destitute: A cautionary tale

Two incidents rocked the Tamil film industry recently. One was the audio release function of Enna Solla Pogirai starring Ashwin, the anchor of Vijay TV’s show, Cooku With Comali. Speaking in the event, Ashwin coolly said he listened to some 40 movie story pitches from directors and they all put...

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Ajith Kumar is enough; Thala is not needed

Titles bestow special status on Tamil film actors. Having a title is a sign that the star has arrived: Makkal Thilagam MGR, Nadigar Thilagam Sivaji Ganesan, Super Star Rajinikanth, Ulaga Nayagan Kamal Haasan. In 2001, when he was 30 years old, Ultimate Star Ajith Kumar became Thala when his...

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A woman Bigg Boss: Remember, Jayalalithaa?

When Kamal Haasan announced he got Corona, Bigg Boss viewers were among the most concerned. Kamal had provided a certain intellectual veneer, even gravitas, to the reality show. They were wondering what would happen to it without him. The show’s main attraction may be the voyeuristic pleasure...

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