KOLKATA – For the second year in a row India has selected a film not in Hindi as its contender for the foreign-language Oscar. Its 2016 entry is Vetrimaaran's "Interrogation" ("Visaaranai",) a tough…
Kailasam Balachander, a well-known Tamil filmmaker, died Tuesday in hospital. He was 84. He worked as director, screenwriter and producer with credits including “Aval Ora Thodar Kathai,” “Avargal,”…
Exhibitors opted not to open John Abraham starrer “Madras Cafe” in several cities in India and the U.K. on Friday, fearing violence from activists protesting the film. Tamils who feel an affinity…
Bollywood pic “Madras Cafe,” which opens Friday, has run into trouble in the south Indian state of Tamilnadu from activists who oppose what they see as a skewed view of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil…
Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone are ill matched in this overworked comedy/romance/actioner.
Fox Star Studios is looking to expand elsewhere in India, signing a two-pic deal with Tamil producer C.V. Kumar (“Pizza”) and his Thirukumaran Entertainment. The pact with Kumar comprises pics…
Tamil songwriter Vaali, who penned more than 10,000 tunes in a career spanning more than 60 years, died July 18 in Chennai, India, of respiratory problems. He was 83. His lyrics drew composers such…
Indian singer T.M. Soundarajan, who provided the singing voice for yesteryear Tamil screen stars such as Sivaji Ganesan and M.G. Ramachandran, died May 25 in Chennai, India, following a brief…
The winds of change are blowing across Indian cinema, particularly in the contentious ratings process. Films need clearance from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) before they can be…
Indian cinema is so much more than Bollywood, the term referring to those Hindi films made in Mumbai, nee Bombay.
Tamil comedienne M. Saroja died April 2 in her home in Chennai, India, of a heart attack. She was 79.
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