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AAA Film Teaser ( Madura Michael Character )

I learnt a lesson from Simbu on Beep Song Issue - YG Mahendran

AAA film : Madura Michael Teaser Preview

This is why Simbu has put on weight

There is a lot of buzz around the film, Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan (AAA). And the latest about this Adhik Ravichandran-Silambarasan movie is that one of Silambarasan's characters will be that of a 60-year-old. The director of the film, Adhik, tells us, "We had asked Simbu not to disclose anything about his weight gain. He used to keep complaining that everyone is asking him about his plump appearance. And we had strictly asked him not to reveal anything about the role. It was a little difficult for Simbu to put on so much weight, considering he has been lean all his life. 

We had to safeguard this character a lot," says Adhik. About the role, the director says, "Simbu will be seen playing a 60-year-old and his character's name is Ashwin thatha. He will be a lovable granddad who can do extraordinary things at the age of 60. Simbu was interested in playing this character right from the time I had narrated the story to him. As a director, I think I have extracted Simbu's acting skills to the maximum for this role. I believe this role will be a hit among youngsters." The team will begin shooting rest of the portions in East Coast Road from Monday. 

Published in TIMES OF INDIA Daily English News Paper Dated 25-09-16

Simbu plays a 60-year-old in AAA

Simbu is an actor who never ceases to spring a surprise! Even as he was playing a lover boy in Gautham Vasudev Menon’s Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada, he announced his next Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan with Adhik Ravichandran of Trisha Ilanna Nayanthara fame. In the film, the former will be seen in triple roles. During the first schedule, scenes with one of the three characters named ‘Madurai Michael’, were shot in Dindigul extensively. Recently, the name of one of his other avatars has been revealed — ‘Ashwin Thatha’ which will see STR essaying a 60-year-old! 

Adhik also said that the VTV star gained a lot of weight (90 kilos) for this character only. He has also praised the actor for working hard to achieve the new look. The director took to Twitter and wrote, “Character name #AshwinThatha 1st time ever @iam_str plays 60yr old. Secret of weight gain n tnx 4 undergoing d pain fr dis role anna #Sirappu.” (sic) Sources say actress Shriya Saran will be seen playing her role opposite to Madurai Michael, and her first look posters, which were released recently garnered a lot of attention. Tamannah will also be seen in the contemporary portions of the flick. Yuvan Shankar Raja has joined hands with STR after a long gap for this ambitious venture. 

Published in DECCAN CHRONICLE Daily English News Paper Dated 25-09-16

Simbu has a new shade in AAA says Director Adhik Ravichandran

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Published in DINA IDHAL Daily Tamil News Paper Dated 24/9/16

RUM : Peiyophobilia Official full song

Movie - Rum | Song - Peiyophobilia | Singers - STR & Anirudh | Music : Anirudh | Lyrics - Vivek

Resul Pookutty all praise for TR

Published in DECCAN CHRONICLE Daily English News Paper Dated 22-09-16


Published in Dt Next ( Dailythanthi - English ) Daily English News Paper Dated 14-9-2016

சிம்புவின் புதிய ஜோடி தமன்னா

Published in MAALAIMALAR Daily Evening Tamil News Paper Dated 13-9-2016

Statement on Cauvery Issue from STR

Simbu’s remuneration issues sorted out; to dub for AYM

Published in Dt Next ( Dailythanthi - English ) Daily English News Paper Dated 12-9-2016


Published in DT Next ( Daily Thanthi - English ) Daily English News Paper Dated 11-9-2016


Published in TIMES OF INDIA Daily English News Paper Dated 9-9-2016

Peiyophobilia (RUM) - Song Recording Stills

Anirudh , "Namma" STR & Hrishikesh

Simbu records his first `official' song for Anirudh

While both Simbu and Anirudh have jammed together a lot, for the first time, the actor has recorded a song for the composer. Simbu recently crooned, Peiyophobilia, a fun number for the film, Rum, which has music by Anirudh. The film starring Hrishikesh, Sanchita Shetty , Vivekh and Amzath is a horror-thriller. This song comes at a juncture when the cast experiences eerie things that happen inside a house. Anirudh says, “This is the first time I am working on the horror genre. Hrishi and I have been wanting to work for some time and that's when he told me about Rum. Though this is a horror film, the songs will be in my usual style, and the eeriness will be felt mainly in the background score. I am quite scared of horror films and I haven't watched even one film in this genre. So, I don't know how I am going to sit through the rerecording for this one!“ 

Talking about Simbu's song, he says, “This one will be a fun dance number, especially for the front-benchers! When I composed the song, I realised Simbu would do justice to a song like this one. So, we got him on board.“ Since the two already share a friendly equation, what was it like during the recording? “We have jammed together several times. But this will be our first official release,“ laughs Anirudh, adding, “Our sessions are always fun. He heard the tune and really liked the song. We were fooling around even as we were recording!“ Vivek, who has penned the lyrics for this one, says, “They wanted a song that had gibberish and we decided on the word, Peiyophobilia. The song asks whether the fear for ghosts is needed or not, and goes on to tell how the real world is scarier than ghosts. Anirudh's crazy tune inspired me to write the lyrics for this number!“ The song has been choreographed by Sathish.

“We shot this one near Padappai. Of all the scary things happening in the film, this song will be a relief to the audience,“ says Hrishikesh. 

Published in TIMES OF INDIA Daily English News Paper Dated 8-9-2016


TR's yesteryear film sets recreated for Simbu

Looks like the set of Simbu's upcoming film with Adhik Ravichandran, is inspired from his father T Rajhendherr's (TR) old blockbuster songs. We hear that director Adhik has planned to recreate the 80's feel for a song in Simbu's Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan (AAA), by recreating some of the sets that featured in TR's old hit songs. Says Aadhik, “ A lot of people have misunderstood our intention thinking that we are planning to remix TR's songs. That's not true. We have chosen eight blockbuster songs from TR sir's hit films, and have decided to recreate sets similar to it, for one of the songs in AAA. Yuvan has already composed the song, and it is a foot-tapping number. The set will be erected in EVP in Chennai, we will be shooting the song next week.“ 
 Published in TIMES OF INDIA Daily English News Paper Dated 13-August-2016

Interesting combo on the cards!

Venkat Prabhu, who is currently busy with the production of Chennai 600028 II: Second Innings has announced that he would be teaming up with STR soon for a film. According to reports, the director is planning to remake Billa with the Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada actor! 

However, when contacted, a source close to the director said, “Right now, we haven’t started working on the project. He has a story idea that needs to be tuned into a proper script. Venkat Prabhu’s concentration solely lies on the sequel to Chennai 600028.” Considering Venkat and STR’s rapport, if the film materialises, it would be a fun entertainer. Sources also added that the director might start working on the film with STR sometime next year. We hear that this project might not be a continuation to Vishnuvardhan’s Billa with Ajith, though. Venkat Prabhu and the Chennai 600028 team are heading towards the final schedule, which will go on for 10 days. Apart from the talkie portions, the team will fly abroad to shoot a promotional song. “We haven’t finalised the location as of now, and will be announcing it soon,” the source concluded.

Published in DECCAN CHRONICLE Daily English News Paper Dated 13-August-2016

''லவ் பண்ண பொண்ண கூட விட்டுத்தரலாம்...ஆனா நண்பன?'' - சிம்பு

Madurai Super Giants team launch Photos

Simba : Pinjula Pinjula Song with Lyrics

Song Name: Pinjula Pinjula | Singer: STR | Lyrics: Viveka | Music: Vishal Chandrashekhar

Pinjula Pinjula single track from today

AAA Film : Madura Michael Thara Mass Poster

STR recommended me for AAA : Y Gee

The actor, who was embroiled in the Beep song controversy, was all praise for his fellow co-star STR. Y Gee Mahendra, who was last seen in Kanithan, has been roped in to play an important role in director Adhik Ravichandran’s Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangathavan. “For the past three years, I’ve been doing only character roles. With this role (Current Murugan), I am back to my forte, which is comedy. I play Shriya Saran’s father and it’s a fun-filled role. I’ve completed my portions and the majority of my scenes are with STR and VTV Ganesh,” says the actor when queried about his role in the movie. The actor, who was embroiled in the Beep song controversy, was all praise for his fellow co-star STR. “I found him to be a very talented person who knows a lot about cinema. And I heard from my director that STR was the one who insisted that I play the role. He’s got a high scope for performance in this film.

Published in DECCAN CHRONICLE Daily English News Paper Dated 1-8-2016

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AYM to hit the screens in August | Dt Next

Published in Dt Next(Daily Thanthi - English) Daily English News Paper Dated 30-July-2016

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Published in THE HINDU(TAMIL) Daily Tamil News Paper Dated 23-7-16

Simbu inspired me to get into movies: Mahat

After starring in a series of Telugu projects, Mahat Raghavendra will finally be seen in two of this year's most-talked-about projects — the sequel to Chennai 28 and Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan (AAA). "I am having a gala time shooting for AAA. Simbu and I are childhood friends. In fact, I got into movies because of him. He was the first one to introduce me to the screen. I had a few scenes as his friend in Vallavan. I am glad that I am getting to work with him once again now. In fact, the first day of shoot began with just me and him. Shriya joined a little later, followed by VTV Ganesh. It is a chilled-out atmosphere on the set," shares an excited Mahat. 
Talking about Simbu, he says, "There is talk in the industry that Simbu is not punctual. But we work from 7am to 10pm. There are also rumours that people are not getting along on the set. It is utterly false. Everything has been going smooth. We have finished five days of shoot and we will be heading to Dindigul for the first schedule," states Mahat. 

The Jilla actor is also part of the Chennai 28 sequel. Talking about the film, he says, "I am glad I got to do a role in this film. It is a total laugh riot. Interestingly, I had worked with most of the guys in Mankatha, so it felt like a reunion of sorts for most of us. Shiva has become very close to me." His project with Bharathiraja's son, Manoj, is also set to take off soon. "I play a lead in this film along with Premgi. The music is by Yuvan Shankar Raja. This one will also be a city-based story where I play a youngster," he signs off.
Source : Times Of India

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I owe Simbu everything: Santhanam

You’ve also now jumped into the horror genre with Dhillukku Dhuddu. 
It is a horror-coated romantic-comedy, where the horror isn’t just included as an after-thought. Like each of my earlier films as hero, this will also be a commercial entertainer.

Television opened the doors into cinema for actors like you and Sivakarthikeyan. Why aren’t we really seeing such shows any more? 
I was lucky to have been spotted by Simbu, who cast me in Manmadhan. He took a leaf out of Balachander’s book, when he presented me with an opportunity and saw my talent taking wing. As for television, I think channels should have brought in more comedy shows to interest the youth. 
You seem to be rather close to Simbu, and have appeared in cameos in his films. 
It’s just a small way of reciprocating what he has done for me. I owe him everything, and the best way to thank him is to let my work do the talking.

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Source : The Hindu

Things will be sorted out with Simbu : GVM

Gautham Vasudev Menon is one filmmaker whose body of work reflects his passion and pursuit of perfection. He redefined romance in Tamil cinema, and always portrays female characters with dignity. Known for stylish filmmaking, his upcoming big budget flick Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada, in which he collaborates with Simbu for the second time along with Manjima Mohan debuting as the female lead, is no different. The music album of AYM composed by AR Rahman, which was launched earlier, opened to outstanding response with the sensational single Thalli Pogadhey going viral overnight. But now, the film is in the news for a different reason. 

AYM is mired in controversy for the reported stand-off between Gautham and STR with respect to the shoot of the Thalli... number which seems to be still pending. When DC caught up with Menon about the issue, he says ‘all is well’ and is confident of sorting it out soon. He also spills the beans about his Dhanush movie Ennai Nokki Paayum Thotta and his ambitious magnum opus — a multi starrer with actors from multiple southern languages. 

Excerpts of our conversation with Gautam: We hear that though AYM (Sahasam Swasaga Sagipo in Telugu with Naga Chaitanya) starts with a love segment, and the story takes a different turn in the latter session? “I’ve tried a unique connect between two young people in AYM. Once the connect is established, the story flows automatically into a different kind of trouble for the two of them and soon love is put on the back burner. There are more important and dangerous issues to handle. Here, my treatment of romance is slightly altered. The movie enters into a violent space in the second half,” Gautham reveals. 

On choosing Manjima Mohan, he says, “She is spunky within that soft demeanour of hers and we liked that for the character she plays in the film. It’s exactly the same image on and off-screen. She speaks both the languages easily and is a pleasure to work with.” 

Coming to the issue with Simbu that is making the rounds, Gautham puts the record straight and says that things will be cleared soon. “Simbu is one of the finest actors in Tamil cinema. In fact, I was very particular that he be cast as the protagonist. He has delivered an extraordinary performance in Achcham... which will elevate him to a different level. Nothing went wrong between us. This is not an issue that other producers don’t face. The Telugu version was done to help fund AYM. The Dhanush film was also kick-started, as it had a committed date. We were supposed to finish AYM in February... A lot of the payment made to Simbu and the technicians was from my salary advance for that film; but it is only half. We are hoping to settle the money and get him to finish work,” muses Gautham. Reportedly, STR was not happy to join the Turkey schedule for the shoot of the number Thalli Pogadhey, since Gautham clubbed it with the shooting of Dhanush’s Ennai Nokki Paayum Thotta. Shedding light on this, he explains, “I didn’t think he would have a problem. 

Friends normally don’t have a problem. That was my point of view.” Ever since ENPT, which features Dhanush and Megha Akash, was announced, it has been creating a lot of buzz. Megha is said to essay the role of a film personality, who Dhanush falls in love with — and then gets into a life-threatening situation, while saving her from a predicament. Apparently, with proper planning, the Yennai Arindhaal director has completed a major part of the film in a short time. Gautham is also pulling off a coup by bringing four top actors from the four south languages for his multilingual film titled Ondraaga (Together). The movie will feature Prithviraj from Malayalam, Puneeth Rajkumar from Kannada and Sai Dharam Tej from the Telugu industry — but he is yet to finalise the star from Tamil. 

Anushka and Tamannaah have also been roped in as heroines. “It has always been a dream to work with more than one hero in a film. These stars are actors too, they understood the scope and were keen. Production is planned across the US — it will be a 70-day shoot,” Gautham concludes. 

Published in DECCAN CHRONICLE Daily English News Paper Dated 9-7-16

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