articles by Raja Sekar

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Arun Prabhu talks working with his cousin Sivakarthikeyan for Vaazhl, shares his definition of modern-day mainstream cinema

ArunParbhu opens up on Vaazhl, and his brand of cinema: "My works will relate to the lives of the people and I believe that any film that connects with them will work commercially."

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Karthik Subbaraj talks his connection to Madurai, gangster films, and working with Dhanush on Jagame Thandhiram

Karthik Subbaraj speaks on why he has a penchant for gangster films: 'The world of gangsters excites me but the underlying emotional current fascinates me more as a director"

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'Gangster films give me wild independence to experiment': Santhosh Narayanan on composing music for Jagame Thandhiram

"I try to give the high that I got while watching the films of Tarantino, Scorcese, and Clint Eastwood to our audiences in my style," Santhosh Narayanan talks about his style of composing music.

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Pandemic releases Karnan, Vakeel Saab, Sulthan, Godzilla vs Kong momentarily revive South Indian box office

Besides Tamil and Telugu films like Master, Krack, Uppena, Jathi Ratnalu, RED, Naandhi, and Zombie Reddy, Hollywood juggernaut Godzilla vs King emerged as a hit in the South Indian states before COVID-19 curbs were reinforced.

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Rashmika Mandanna on Sulthan, juggling multiple industries, and possible return to Kannada cinema

Rashmika Mandanna says she got a lot of offers before Sulthan in the Tamil film industry, but she waited for the right moment and role

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Karthi on his mass entertainer Sulthan, Mani Ratnam's Ponniyin Selvan, and how he preps for each role

"Sulthan is a colourful entertainer with enough comedy, emotions, and sentiment," says Karthi of his upcoming release directed by Bakkiyaraj Kannan.

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Telugu cinema's theatrical business is soaring, while other industries are still struggling to find their feet

While all other industries are struggling to deliver one or two profitable films after the lockdown, the Telugu film industry is booming with films like Uppena, Jathi Ratnalu and Krack scoring big at the box office. The hit rate is impeccable.

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'I come from a middle-class family, don't know the term vacation': Why Vijay Sethupathi doesn't take breaks between films

"I generally interpret my scripts and characters to make sure that audiences don't get bored. I tell my directors to write unpredictable lines and scenes."

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Master director Lokesh Kanagaraj opens up on the clash between Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi in his blockbuster

Lokesh Kanagaraj opens up on working with Vijay in Master, film's delay due to the coronavirus-shutdown and his upcoming release Vikram starring Kamal Haasan.

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Master becomes Vijay's fifth film to cross Rs 150 cr, revives box office in Tamil Nadu, Kerala

Master has grossed more than $4.6 million in the five-day opening weekend in the overseas territories.

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Maara is not a frame-by-frame remake of Charlie, but the world they belong to is similar: R Madhavan

When you remake Charlie, it's natural for filmmakers to think of a younger hero but I'm 48 now. I wanted the writing team to change the script to suit my age and wasn't in a hurry to remake the film, says Madhavan.

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Karthik Subbaraj discusses producing Triples on Hotstar, and why anthologies challenge him as a filmmaker

"As a filmmaker, anthologies excite me because you have to tell a solid story within 30 minutes," says Karthik Subbaraj on directing in an anthology of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video each.

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Aravind SA on his Amazon Prime stand-up special I Was Not Ready Da, and seeking inspiration from Tamil humour

"I don't know any popular American comedians. My inspirations are Tamil cinema comedians like Goundamani and Crazy Mohan," says Aravind SA.

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Tamil Nadu theatre owners say unexpectedly high footfall on Diwali has increased hopes in a post-pandemic revival

Theatre owners claim the audience followed all safety protocols while turning up in huge numbers to lap up the two mid-sized Tamil films that released on Diwali.

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Suriya on producing Soorarai Pottru: Wasn't sure whether other producers would spend enough to fulfil Sudha Kongara's vision

"A film like Soorarai Pottru can be made only if a director like Sudha Kongara spends two years of her life for the script. I think the time a filmmaker spends on paper enhances the overall mood of the film," says Suriya.

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Anjali on playing a cop in Nishabdham and her upcoming role in Telugu remake of Pink, Vakeel Saab

Post Nishabdham, Anjali will be a part of the Netflix anthology directed by Vignesh ShivN, and she also has Pawan Kalyan’s Vakeel Saab coming up.

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Why Amazon Prime Video India leads the market in acquisition for direct digital premiere of South Indian films

Amazon Prime Video India has recently acquired South biggies like Suriya's Soorarai Pottru, Fahadh Faasil's C U Soon, and Nani's V.

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Why Prabhas, Allu Arjun, Yash and other South Indian stars are planning to explore pan-Indian markets for their films

Prabhas recently unveiled the first look of his multilingual Radhe Shyam opposite Pooja Hegde, and announced another one with Deepika Padukone.

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Karthik Subbaraj and Keerthy Suresh on Penguin, its digital release, and bringing challenging characters to life

Keerthy Suresh's Penguin is the second big direct OTT release this year in Tamil cinema after Jyotika Ponmagal Vandhal.

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Theatre owners irked by direct-to-digital release of Indian films, say it can never replace traditional moviegoing experience

Even though exhibitors are unhappy with producers choosing to go the digital way, they still think that OTT platforms will never be an alternative for the moviegoing audience.