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No debut blues for Manjima Mohan

Having been a child artiste, Manjima Mohan is not new to facing the camera. For Malayali film-goers, however she became all the more endearing after this year’s smash hit Oru Vadakkan Selfie. The Tamil audience is waiting with bated breath for Gautham Menon’s Achcham Enbadhu Madamaiyada, which she is currently filming. 

Surprisingly enough, just the trailer of OVS was enough for Gautham to pick Manjima as his leading lady replacing Pallavi Subhash, who walked out of the project citing date issues. “To work with a director like Gautham sir and a top star like Silambarasan is a dream debut. I didn’t have second thoughts about accepting the film. Gautham sir likes to take his time — he doesn’t pressure you and gives you space and time to learn,” says Manjima, adding that she didn’t have any misgivings about replacing anyone, as for the name ‘Gautham Menon’ was enough to convince her. 

She is also equal in her praise for Simbu, whom she bills as a natural. “I take my time to learn my lines. It is the opposite with Simbu, who doesn’t waste time on memorising lines. All he has to do is get a gist of the scene from Gautham sir to work his magic. He’s an incredible actor,” gushes the 22-year-old, who is the daughter of acclaimed Malayalam cinematographer Vipin Mohan. 

Most imports from Kerala shy away from glamour and Manjima clarifies that she belongs to that tribe as well. “I know that Gautham sir would want a lip-lock if it goes with the script. I made it clear right from the beginning that I wasn’t comfortable with kissing scenes or revealing clothes, at least not at this point in my career,” she says, adding, “I don’t understand why people in the showbiz associate glamour with exposing. You can look just as ravishing in a salwar or a saree.” 

After OVS, which was a run-away hit in Malayalam, curiously enough it is not just Kollywood that can’t get enough of the pretty girl. “There have been a lot of offers from the Telugu industry. I think I will give it some more time before I lock something good,” she says, adding on a concluding note that she hasn’t given any thought to straddling industries but would just go with the flow as of now.
Published in TIMES OF INDIA Daily English News Paper Dated 26-11-2015

Simbu is a lot of fun on the set

From starting off as the cute Baby Manjima who debuted in the Malayalam film industry , 22-yearold Manjima Mohan claims that she has evolved a lot. After gaining popularity with her Malayalam film Oru Vadakkan Selfie, she is debuting in Tamil and Telugu with Gautham Menon's film, Achcham Yenbathu Madamaiyadaa. Excerpts from an interview: 

How was it working with director Gautham Menon?

I was initially very scared, but he made sure I was comfortable on the set. He is a very relaxed director and you can never see him getting tense about anything. I slowly got used to his working style and started having a great time. He had watched the trailer of Oru Vadakkan Selfie and called me up for an audition. When I was in college, I used to see him in cafés. We used to stalk him but he wouldn't care about what was going on around him and would be busy writing. I had even casually told my friends that I would work with him in five years.Everyone laughed at me then, but now it has finally happened! 

What about Simbu? 

He is a lot of fun on the set. He starts pulling my leg as soon as he arrives on the set. It is difficult to work with him because he makes me laugh during important shots, and get back to being serious, while I continue laughing with everyone looking at me.But no shot is difficult for Simbu. 

Do you feel any pressure since you are making your debut in two languages simultaneously?

Nobody on the set tells me I need to do more because this is my debut film. But I want to deliver, so I put a lot of pressure on myself. Initially, every other shot was tough, especially in Telugu because the dialogues were not familiar. There were times when I would cry saying, `I can't do this'. But, slowly, I started getting used to it. 

Tell us a little about the film...  

It is about a very normal guy -a college boy -who loves his bikes. He gets into a situation, and the movie shows how each one of us would react if we are in that situation. He is not a typical hero; he is just the guy-next-door. 

What about your character? 

I play a simple, bubbly girl who is always smiling and loves chatting. She comes to her friend's house and that's where she meets her guy. 

Gautham Menon's heroines are usually intense. What about your character? 

My character is not intense.After you watch the movie, boys will want a girlfriend like her.The way she talks to the hero and handles everything will be realistic and adorable. I hope she joins the list of memorable heroines that Gautham has created. 

You are working with Naga Chaitanya in the Telugu version. Tell us a secret about him... 

He is a foodie, but also takes care of his health. He generally avoids junk food or prefers eating light. There have been times when he would say no even to ice cream, and I will be like `It's just ice cream. I'm the actress, and I don't care.' He would just laugh.He is simple and down-to-earth. 

How have you changed from a child actor to a lead actress?  

When you are a child actor, you don't really have to care about anything. You get to the set, say your lines and leave. Even if you make a mistake nobody bothers.But when you are a lead actress, you are expected to be more responsible. Initially, it was very difficult because I had to give up on a lot of things... like food. If people call me chubby, I am fine with that. But some were surprised that I got a role in Gautham sir's film despite being fat. Other actresses have pictures of themselves working out; I just have pictures of myself eating.(laughs). I don't believe in dieting, but eating healthy works. 

Who is your inspiration? 

 I like people who have fought to be in the place that they are in today . Like Nayanthara, who has faced a lot of struggle but has found success. She is the queen of the industry. Being in the industry for 10 years is a big deal. Not everyone can do that. 

 Does competition from other heroines affect you? 

 I watch a lot of movies and try analysing myself a lot but I don't believe in competition. One cannot be in all the movies; everybody has their own space. 

What kind of scripts are you looking at? 

I want to do roles that give me scope to act. I don't want to just run around trees, but want to do character-driven roles. I haven't signed anything yet. However, I'm getting a lot of calls from Tamil and Telugu filmmakers.Interestingly, I'm not getting calls from Malayalam. I keep complaining to Gautham sir that after I started working with him, I am not getting any calls from there, to which he just smiles. 

Published in DECCAN CHRONICLE Daily English News Paper Dated 26-11-2015

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Gautham Menon Speaks About AYM

Gautham Menon talks to us about Achcham Enbadhu Madamaiyada and other films. 

Gautham Menon confirms what we always suspected. His films are, for the most part, autobiographical in nature. He won’t, of course, confirm if he, like his protagonists in Minnale and Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa, was in love with a Christian girl (possibly a Malayali), but he does mention how all his films, except Nadunisi Naaygal and Pachaikili Muthucharam, borrow incidents from his life. But he sounds almost rueful about this element of autobiography. He has always wanted to make films far removed from his life (even if the one farthest from his life, Nadunisi Naaygal, didn’t fare well). It bothers him his actors, like Suriya and Simbu, look and talk like he does. “I guess I should just explain scenes and let them interpret it,” he says. He has tried that. “But I step back in because I’m irked when it’s not like I’ve visualised it.” 

He knows exactly what he wants. He has rules about how women should be portrayed onscreen. He admits he could never make a love story like Madhavan’s in Aaytha Ezhuthu. The raw, even abusive nature of such relationships upsets the romantic in him. He wasn’t completely at ease with the recent Trisha Illana Nayanthara, though he “salutes” director Adhik for being gutsy enough to do such a film. “I want people like my mother to feel comfortable watching a film.” Still, he’s now in talks to produce a film by Adhik, hopefully one more agreeable. Like other directors, chiefly Shankar, Gautham likes to produce films that he knows he can never make. Because he’s a diehard romantic. “Today is an overcast day, right? I know many people who consider this weather to be gloomy. But I like to get out. Even if I’m indoors, I’m not somebody who’ll close the curtains.” I’m reminded of Maya in Kaakha Kaakha insisting that the curtains always be kept open. More autobiography? 

His upcoming Achcham Enbadhu Madamaiyada is also rooted in love. I say ‘also’ because, contrary to what the teaser suggests, the love story is not all. “The first half is about their love, but the film shifts into a violent space in the second. The love story sets up all the latter violence.” The film’s original title, Sattendru Maaruthu Vaanilai (which couldn’t be used due to copyright issues), now makes sense. All of Rahman’s five songs will be used in the first half. “I’ve treated the romance slightly differently. The hero isn’t really sure if he’s in love. He’s in a friendship that opens up gradually.” This is quite different from his usual films in which the hero takes a glance at the heroine, and knows beyond all doubt that he’s in love. “These things do happen. But there’s a new angle here.” He’s utterly sure that he will not run out of love stories, or “angles”, as he calls them. “I’ve got one-liners that can be made into love stories for the next 10 years.” 

Achcham Enbadhu… is a bilingual (with Simbu in Tamil, Naga Chaitanya in Telugu). The story is inspired by the scene in The Godfather where a bruised Michael Corleone plots revenge against the corrupt policeman McCluskey. “I’ve portrayed cops as heroes for far too long, I think. So, this time, a cop is the bad guy.” While writing the second half, Gautham took care to ensure he wasn’t watching films in other genres. “I was so affected when I saw Angadi Theruthat I couldn’t write my script for two weeks.” 

Terrible films, he says, have a similar demotivating effect. His outspoken, uninhibited nature means that if pressed, he will likely name the bad films. But I don’t. Recently, he was quoted as saying Simbu doesn’t quite turn up to the sets regularly. “They (the press) used it as the title because it was controversial. I also said that he’s the most talented actor we have; that he can do several hours of work in an hour or two.” This frankness has caused him trouble in the past too. During the making of Neethane En Ponvasantham, he told an interviewer that he preferred Simbu to Jiiva. “I don’t think that was particularly wise.” 

Simbu, in Achcham Enbadhu…, is paired with Manjima, known for her work in Malayalam cinema. Gautham is very pleased with her work. “Like Tamannaah and Nayantara, she works hard on her lip sync. I’ll be working with her a lot, I think.” 

And then, like a film that reserves its biggest twist for the end, he tells me the big news. I prod him about Vedalam. “I understand why it was made,” he said. “It’s a proper Deepavali release.” But of course, it’s not the sort of film he would make with Ajith. “I’d make another Yennai Arindhaal.” He isn’t speculating. He’s written half the script for Yennai Arindhaal 2. Ajith hasn’t given him any assurances though. They haven’t even spoken much since Yennai Arindhaal’s release. “But it doesn’t matter. I’ll take the bound script and stand outside his gate.” It’s dimly reminiscent of a hopeful Simbu, in Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa, approaching directors for a chance. Make of it what you will. 

Published in THE HINDU Daily English News Paper Dated 22-November-2015

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Chennai: Kollywood actor Simbu has nominated for a Nadigar Sangam from Sarathkumar’s team, he spoke with media and said that he is unhappy for splitting into two teams. 

The Nadigar sangam elections has got all the attention. Sarathkumar and Vishal are having a face-off against each other and now this is the most talked topic in Kollywood. Earlier it is reported that Sarathkumar and Radharavi filed their nominations on Thursday. 

Now Radharavi and Simbu made their nominations in front of retired judge Padmanaban. They filed their nominations yesterday. S.R.Kannan who contests for post of treasurer also made his nomination. 

After filing nominations, Simbhu met the press people who were waiting outside. He said, “We are so unfortunate to split as two teams. We have always been a single family. I am not the one who is despair for being a leader. I never go behind posts and stuff. As Sarath sir requested me, I am contesting in this election. Radharavi and Sarathkumar sir has been so wonderful and I hope they will continue the same. I tried my best to solve the problem without getting break up. But as an amicable solution never came up, I have to choose a side and I opted for Sarathkumar team. Now let the election decide.” The elections will take place on 18th of October.

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நிறைய கஷ்டங்களை கடந்து வந்துவிட்டேன்: சிம்பு நேர்காணல்

கடந்த சில ஆண்டுகளாக சினிமா ரேஸில் இருந்து சற்று விலகியிருந்த சிம்பு, தற்போது மீண்டும் சிலிர்த்தெழுந்துள்ளார். ‘வாலு’, ‘இது நம்ம ஆளு’, ‘அச்சம் என்பது மடமையடா’, ‘கான்’, அமீரின் இயக்கத்தில் ஒரு படம் என்று திரையரங்கில் சரவெடி வெடிக்க தயாராக இருக்கிறார். தொடர் படப்பிடிப்புகளுக்கு நடுவில் சில நாட்கள் ஓய்வில் இருக்கும் சிம்புவை சந்தித்தோம். 

இரண்டரை வருட இடைவெளிக்குப் பிறகு தொடர்ந்து படப்பிடிப்பில் ஈடுபடுவது கஷ்டமாக இல்லையா?  

ஒரு கஷ்டமும் இல்லை. இதற்கு முன்பும் நான் இப்படி தொடர்ச்சியாக நடித்தவன்தானே? இந்த ஓய்வும் நானாக தேடிக்கொண்டதல்ல. அதுவாகவே அமைந்தது. இப்போது மீண்டும் பரபரப்பான வாழ்க்கையை வாழத் தொடங்கியிருக்கிறேன். இந்த வாழ்க்கை சந்தோஷமாக நகர்கிறது. எப்போதுமே வாழ்க்கையை அதன் போக்கில் அணுகுவதுதான் என் வழக்கம். கடந்த 2 வருடங்களில் எதுவுமே இல்லாத வாழ்க்கையைப் பார்த்துவிட்டேன். இப்போது காலையில் கெளதம் மேனனின் படம், இரவு செல்வராகவனின் படம் என்று பரபரப்பாக வாழ்க்கை நகர்கிறது. இதையும் நான் ரசித்துத்தான் செய்கிறேன்.

‘படையப்பா’ படத்தின் பாடலில், ‘என் ஒரு துளி வியர்வைக்கு ஒரு பவுன் தங்க காசு கொடுத்தது தமிழ் அல்லவா’ என்று ஒரு வரி வரும். அதேபோல இப்போது நான் வியர்வை சிந்தி உழைக்கும் ஒவ்வொரு படத்தின் பலனும் விரைவில் திரையில் தெரியும். 
‘இனிமே இப்படித்தான்’ படத்தின் இசை வெளியீட்டு விழாவில் கடந்த இரண்டரை ஆண்டுகளில் நீங்கள் பட்ட பல கஷ்டங்களைச் சொல்லி வருத்தப்பட்டீர்கள். அதைக் கேட்டு வீட்டில் என்ன கூறினார்கள்? 

அந்த படத்தின் இசை வெளியீட்டு விழாவில் நான் சந்தானத்துக்காக கலந்துகொண்டேன். எந்தவொரு நிகழ்ச்சியிலும் என்ன பேச வேண்டும் என்று தயார் செய்யும் வழக்கம் எனக்கு கிடையாது. என் மனதில் பட்டதை பேசுவேன். அந்த நிகழ்ச்சியிலும் என் மனதுக்குப் பட்டதைப் பேசினேன். கடந்த இரண்டரை வருடங்களில் நான் பட்ட கஷ்டங்களைப் பற்றி பேசினேன். 

சாதாரண மக்களைப் போல் என்னால் கடற்கரை, ஸ்பென்சர், சத்யம் சினிமாஸ் என்று சுற்ற முடியுமா? 700 நாட்கள் சும்மாவே 4 சுவர்களுக்குள் வாழ்வது எவ்வளவு கொடுமையாக இருக்கும் என்பதை யோசித்துப் பாருங்கள். அந்த நாட்களை எப்படி கடந்து வந்தேன் என்பதைத்தான் நான் அன்றைய நிகழ்ச்சியில் பேசினேன். என் அம்மாவும் அப்பாவும் அதற்கு வருத்தப்பட்டார்கள். “ஏன் இப்படியெல்லாம் ஒரு நிகழ்ச்சியில் பேசுகிறாய்? உனக்கு என்ன இல்லை” என்று கேட்டார்கள். அவ்வளவுதான். 

இந்த இருண்ட வாழ்க்கையில் இருந்து வெளியே வருவோம் என்ற நம்பிக்கையை எனக்கு கொடுத்தது என் ரசிகர்கள்தான். அவர்களை என்றைக்குமே நான் மறக்க மாட்டேன். அதே போல “ப்ரோ.. இப்படி வீட்டுக்குள்ளேயே இருக்காதீங்க. சனிக்கிழமையாவது வெளியே வாங்க” என்று திட்டி வெளியே கூட்டிக்கொண்டு போனது அனிருத்தான். 

நீங்கள் எப்போதுமே படப்பிடிப்புக்கு லேட்டாக வருவதாக சொல்கிறார்களே? 

நான் லேட்டாக போகிறேன் என்றால் நான் நடித்து இத்தனை படங்கள் எப்படி வெளியானது. அப்படிச் சொல்பவர்கள் இதற்கு பதில் சொல்லட்டும். சிம்பு தாமதமாக வருவார் என்று சொல்லும் இயக்குநர்களிடம், சிம்பு எத்தனை மணிக்கு கிளம்புவார் என்ற கேள்வியைக் கேளுங்கள். அவர்கள் சொல்லும் பதிலுக்காக நான் காத்திருக்கிறேன். சில நாட்கள் நான் தாமதமாக சென்றாலும், முழுக் காட்சிகளையும் முடித்துக் கொடுத்துவிட்டுதான் திரும்பியிருக்கிறேன். லேட்டாக வந்துவிட்டு 6 மணிக்கே கிளம்பவேண்டும் என்று நான் சொன்னதில்லை. 

செல்வராகவன் இயக்கத்தில் நடிக்கும் ‘கான்’ பட அனுபவம் எப்படி இருக்கிறது? 

ஒவ்வொரு நாளும் நிறைய விஷயங்களை புதிதாக கற்றுக் கொள்கிறேன். நீங்கள் இதுவரை பார்த்த செல்வராகவன் படங்களில் இருந்து இந்தப் படம் மாறுபட்டு இருக்கும். ஒரே ஒரு விஷயம் சொல்லவா.. இதுவரை நீங்கள் ஹீரோக்களை உருவாக்கிய செல்வராகவன் படங்களைத்தான் பார்த்திருப்பீர்கள். இப்போது முதல் முறையாக செல்வராகவன் ஒரு ஹீரோவுக்காக படம் பண்ணுகிறார். இந்தப் படத்தைப் பற்றி இப்போதைக்கு இவ்வளவுதான் சொல்ல முடியும். 

‘இது நம்ம ஆளு’ படத்தில் என்ன பிரச்சினை. ஏன் இந்த தாமதம்? 

‘வாலு’ படம் வெளியீட்டுக்கு தயாராகி இருக்கிறது. ஒரு படம் பிரச்சினையில் இருக்கும் போது, அந்தப் படத்தை அப்படியே விட்டு விட்டு அடுத்த படத்தில் கவனம் செலுத்துவது முறையல்ல. நிறைய படங்கள் அதேபோல நிற்கிறது. ‘வாலு’ படத்தை நானே வாங்கி பிரச்சினைகளை முடித்துள்ளேன். இப்படம் வெளியானவுடன் ‘இது நம்ம ஆளு’ படத்தின் இசை வெளியீட்டு விழாவுக்கான தேதியை அறிவிக்க உள்ளேன். ‘இது நம்ம ஆளு’ படத்தில் எந்த பிரச்சினையும் கிடையாது என்பதுதான் உண்மை. படத்தின் 2 பாடல் காட்சிகளை மட்டும் காட்சிப்படுத்த வேண்டியுள்ளது. மற்றபடி படம் தயார். ‘வாலு’வைத் தொடர்ந்து ‘இது நம்ம ஆளு’ வெளியாகும். இரண்டுமே எனக்கு வேறொரு பரிமாணத்தைக் கொடுக்கும் என்பதில் சந்தேகமில்லை. 

நீண்ட நாட்கள் கழித்து வெளியாகவுள்ள ‘வாலு’ படம் எப்படி இருக்கும்? 

நிறைய கமர்ஷியல் படங்களைப் பார்த்திருப்பீர்கள். அதில் ஹீரோ, வில்லனை ஏன் அடிக்கிறான் என்பதுதான் படத்தின் மிகப்பெரிய பலம். அந்த பலம் ‘வாலு’வில் மிக அதிகமாக இருக்கிறது. அதுமட்டுமன்றி, நான் நாயகனாக நடித்த படம் 3 வருடங்கள் கழித்து வெளியாகிறது. என் ரசிகர்கள் எதிர்பார்க்கும் விஷயங்கள் ‘வாலு’ படத்தில் இருக்கும். இது ஒரு புதுமுக இயக்குநரின் படம் போலவே இருக்காது. இப்படம் வெளியானதும் அதன் இயக்குநர் விஜய் சந்தர் ஒரு நல்ல கமர்ஷியல் இயக்குநராக உருவெடுப்பார்.  

மீண்டும் காதலில் விழும் திட்டம் இருக்கிறதா? 

தெரியவில்லை. இப்போது நிம்மதியாக இருக்கிறேன். என்னுடைய வேலையை காதலித்து கொண்டிருக்கிறேன். மீண்டும் காதலிப்பேனா என்று எனக்குத் தெரியாது. எனக்கானவளை நான் பார்க்கும்போது மீண்டும் காதலில் விழலாம்.  

எப்போது திருமணம் செய்துகொள்ளப் போகிறீர்கள்? 

முதலில் காதலைப் பற்றிக் கேட்டீர்கள். இப்போது திருமணத்தைப் பற்றி கேட்கிறீர்கள். இதற்கும் தெரியாது என்பதுதான் என் பதில். இப்போது இருக்கும் சமூக சூழ்நிலைகளைப் பார்க்கும்போது கல்யாணம் அவ்வளவு எளிது அல்ல என்பது மட்டும் புரிகிறது. ஏதோ ஒரு பெண்ணைப் பார்த்தார்கள், கல்யாணம் பண்ணிக்கிட்டேன் என்பது கஷ்டம். எனக்காக ஒரு பெண் வந்து, இருவரும் முழுமையாக புரிந்துகொள்ளும் நிலையில் எப்போது வேண்டுமானாலும் என் கல்யாணம் நடக்கும்.   

இவ்வளவு வெளிப்படையாக பேசும் நீங்கள் உங்களைப் பற்றிய சர்ச்சைகளுக்கு ஏன் விளக்கம் கொடுப்பதில்லை?  

உண்மைக்கு விளக்கம் கொடுக்கலாம். பொய்க்கு விளக்கம் கொடுத்தால், அந்தப் பொய் உண்மையாகிவிடும். வாரத்துக்கு ஒரு முறை என்னைப் பற்றி ஏதாவது எழுதிக் கொண்டே இருக்கிறார்கள். அதற்கெல்லாம் விளக்கம் கொடுக்க ஆரம்பித்தால், பிறகு நான் அந்த வேலையை மட்டுமே பார்க்க வேண்டிவரும். மேலும் அதற்கெல்லாம் விளக்கம் கொடுத்தால் சிம்பு கெட்டவனாகி விடுவான். என்னை பொறுத்தவரை எனக்கென்று சில ரசிகர்கள் இருக்கிறார்கள். அவர்கள் ரசிக்கிற மாதிரி படங்கள் செய்தாலே போதும். என்னை நம்பி வரும் இயக்குநர்களின் நம்பிக்கைக்கு பாத்திரமாக இருந்தாலே போதும். 

- கா.இசக்கி முத்து

Published in THE HINDU(TAMIL) Daily English News Paper Dated 17-June-2015

Vaalu gets tax exemption, might release on July 3 | Deccan Chronicle

Published in DECCAN CHRONICLE Daily English News Paper Dated 16-June-2015

Simbu to team up with Ameer

Published in TIMES OF INDIA Daily English News Paper Dated 14-June-15

Simbu and Ameer to join hands?

Seems like everything is falling in place for Simbu who had been going through a rough patch for more than two years. The actor, who is busy working with Gautham Menon for Acham Enbathu Madamaiyada, will join Selvaraghavan’s Kaan (tentative title) soon. The latest is that he might team up with Ameer of Paruthiveeran fame for a film later. Sources say that both of them are keen to join hands, and that Ameer has developed a script with a rural backdrop for the film. 
Published in DECCAN CHRONICLE Daily English News Paper Dated 12-June-2015

Simbu opens up to fans on Twitter

Simbu, aka ‘STR’, who was scheduled to meet the media after a long break this Tuesday, cancelled his plans in the last minute. However, the Vallavan actor made sure that he had an interaction with his fans over Twitter. He replied to his fans patiently for about two hours and answered a range of interesting questions. Simbu said that he would soon release the single on which he has associated with Yuvan. He said he was hopeful of coming out of his current rough patch. 

He revealed that his film with Nayanthara, Idhu Namma Aalu, will have its audio launch in July. Vaalu, and according to him, it will release soon. The trailer of his long pending film Vettai Mannan will be screened along with the film. Confirming that his spiritual trip was helpful, Simbu said that meditation, PlayStation and music are the things which keep him going. He says working with Selvaraghavan is great and that he has been learning a lot from him. 

When asked about Hansika, he said that she is a sweet person and a dedicated actor, however his favourite actress of late is Alia Bhatt. When a fan asked whether he smokes, Simbu replied that he started the habit at the age of 25 and that he is planning to quit now. It is known that he is a huge fan of Ajith. When another fan asked about Vijay, he answered that liking one person doesn’t mean hating the other — Vijay is like a brother and a good friend to him. The actress concluded the session saying, “Ok guys, been here for two long hours... Leaving for a road trip shoot AYM... Hope u guys had a good time (sic).”

Published in DECCAN CHRONICLE Daily English News Paper Dated 4-June-2015

என் திருமணம் ஆண்டவன் முடிவு படி நடக்கும் : சிம்பு

சிம்புவின் இரு காதல்கள் தோல்வியில் முடிந்தன. முதல் காதல் நயன்தாராவுடன் நடந்தது. இருவரும் திருமணம் செய்து கொள்வார்கள் என எதிர்பார்க்கப்பட்டது. ஆனால் திடீரென கருத்து வேறுபாடு ஏற்பட்டு பிரிந்து விட்டனர். பின்னர் ஹன்சிகாவுக்கும் சிம்புவுக்கும் காதல் மலர்ந்தது. அதுவும் சில நாளிலேயே முறிந்து விட்டது. இனி என் வாழ்க்கையில் காதல் இல்லை என்ற மன நிலையில் தற்போது சிம்பு இருக்கிறார். 

இந்த நிலையில் இணையதளத்தில் ரசிகர்களின் பல்வேறு கேள்விகளுக்கு சிம்பு பதில் அளித்தார். அவர் கூறியதாவது:– எனக்கு திருமணம் எப்போது நடக்கும் என்று கேட்கிறார்கள். ஆண்டவன் தான் அதுபற்றி முடிவு செய்ய வேண்டும். 

நான் நடித்த ‘வாலு’ படம் ஜூன் 26 அல்லது ஜூலை 3–ந் தேதி ரிலீசாகும். ‘இது நம்ம ஆளு’ படத்தின் இசை வெளியீட்டு விழா அடுத்த மாதம் நடக்க உள்ளது. செல்வராகவன் படத்தில் நடிப்பதன் மூலம் அவரிடத்தில் இருந்து நிறைய கற்று வருகிறேன். 

எனக்கு பிடித்த இயக்குனர்கள் சேகர் கபூர், ராஜமவுலி. இந்த வருடத்தில் நான் நடித்த 3 படங்களை ரிலீசுக்கு வர உள்ளன. அஜீத்துடன் இணைந்து நடிப்பீர்களா? என கேட்கிறார்கள். அஜீத் எப்போது என்னை அழைத்தாலும் நடிக்க தயாராக இருக்கிறேன். 

தனுசும், நானும் நல்ல நண்பர்களாக இருக்கிறோம். விஜய் என்னுடைய அண்ணனாகவும் நண்பராகவும் இருக்கிறார். என்னைப்பற்றி எல்லோரும் தவறாக பேசுகிறார்களே? என கேட்கின்றனர். நேரம் நன்றாக இருந்தால் நல்லவிதமாக பேசுவார்கள். 

எனக்கு பிடித்த கதாநாயகி அலியா பட். அப்பா இயக்கத்தில் ‘ஒரு தலை ராகம்’, ‘மைதிலி என்னை காதலி’ எனக்கு பிடித்த படங்கள். சினிமாவில் எல்லா துறைகளும் எனக்கு தெரியும். ஆனால் அரசியல் தெரியாது. 

நான் நடிக்கும் ‘வேட்டை மன்னன்’ படம் கண்டிப்பாக வரும். அதன் டிரைலரை ‘வாலு’ படத்தின் இடைவேளையில் வெளியிட திட்டமிட்டுள்ளோம். இவ்வாறு சிம்பு கூறினார்.
Published in MAALAIMALAR Daily Evening Tamil News Paper Dated 03-June-2015

Taapsee to play a cop in Selva's film?

Published in DECCAN CHRONICLE Daily English News Paper Dated 28-May-2015

Simbu, Tapsee come together!

Film-maker Selvaraghavan and actor Simbu recently teamed up for a Tamil project, which features Taapsee Pannu and Catherine Tresa in the lead roles. Initially, Trisha Krishnan was signed for this project but for reasons unknown, she chose to walk out. The team has recently started shooting and it is learnt that the makers have zeroed in on film's title as Kaan, which means forest and its surrounding area. "The title has been confirmed as Kaan. The team will officially make the announcement. The film is an action-thriller and major portions will be shot in a forest, hence the title," a source told Mirror. 

In the movie, according to the source, Simbu will be seen playing the devotee of Lord Muruga/Karthikeya. Selva has designed a special look for him and its being secretly guarded as he feels it'll be one of the highlights of the movie. Taapsee, who is basking in the success of back-to-back hits such as Baby and Kanchana 2, has landed an intense role in the movie. "Taapsee will be playing a cop on a secret mission. Selva really liked her work in Akshay Kumar's Baby, and felt she'd be perfect for this character. It's a diametrically opposite role from what she's done so far in her career. She may even get to throw a few punches in some action sequences," the source said. Not much is known about Catherine's role but trust Selva to surprise audiences with something unbelievable. 

Simbu has shifted all his focus on Kaan as his project with Gautham has hit a roadblock. Titled Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada, the film went on floors with Marathi actress Pallavi Subhash, but ever since she walked out of the project, the shoot had to be stalled as the makers had to find a replacement for her. Although Gautham has roped in Malayalam actress Manjima Mohan as Pallavi's replacement, he's yet to start shooting for the Tamil version; instead he's started filming the Telugu version with Naga Chaitanya.
By: Haricharan
Published in BANGALORE MIRROR Daily English News Paper Dated 27-May-2015

Don’t Blame Kuralarasan For Delayed Release

Young composer Kuralarasan, brother of actor Silambarasan aka Simbu, is not responsible for the delay in release of upcoming Tamil romantic comedy "Idhu Namma Aalu", a source said. 

Simbu plays the lead in the movie and is paired with Nayantara. "Kuralarasan should not be held responsible for the delay in release of 'Idhu Namma Aalu'. Rumours have been spread that the film's release was delayed because he couldn't complete the tunes on time. It's untrue because he has taken time to compose the best tunes for the film," a source close to actor Simbu told IANS. Directed by Pandiraj, the film is produced by Simbu's actor father T. Rajendar. 

The source  clarified that there's no misunderstanding between Pandiraj and producer Rajendar. "Rajendar is working tirelessly to zero in on the release of Simbu's much-delayed film 'Vaalu'. As soon its date is announced, he will start work on the final portion of 'Idhu Namma Aalu'. Contrary to the rumours, Pandiraj is ready to shoot whenever he's asked to by Rajendar," the source added. "The audio of 'Idhu Namma Aalu' will be unveiled with much fanfare post the release of 'Vaalu', which will hit the screens very soon," the source said. 

It's been over two years since Simbu had a release. His last release in a lead role was 2012 Tamil film "Poda Podi". Meanwhile, Simbu has started shooting for a yet-untitled Tamil project with filmmaker Selvaraghavan.

Published in NEW INDIAN EXPRESS Daily English News Paper Dated 26-May-2015

STR Latest Selfies

Lyricist Thamarai back to work

Published in DECCAN CHRONICLE Daily English News Paper Dated 16-May-2015

Manjima to romance Simbu and Chaitanya in Gautham Menon's next

Malayali actress, Manjima Mohan has been handpicked by director Gautham Menon to play the lead opposite simbu in the upcoming Tamil-Telugu bilingual, Achcham Enbadhu Madamaiyada. Naga Chaitanya is the hero in the Telugu version. 

Confirming the news, Manjima says, “I'm happy to be part of Gautham's film. I was in talks with him for the past few weeks. He happened to watch my recent Malayalam film Oru Vadakkan Selfie and I got a call for audition. I'm over the moon right now.“ Manjima has been cast as the lead actress in both the versions of the film. The film's shooting had begun last year with Simbu and Pallavi Subhash in the lead roles.However, with Pallavi opting out of the film due to lack of dates, Manjima was roped in. 

Published in TIMES OF INDIA Daily English News Paper Dated 15-May-2015

STR , Andrea Roped in for Thiruttu Kalyanam songs

Published in DECCAN CHRONICLE Daily English News Paper Dated 15-MAY-2015

Simbu - Selvaraghavan film Pooja

Manjima Replaces Pallavi Subash

Published in NEW INDIA EXPRESS Daily English News Paper Dated 14-May-2015

Manjima is the new heroine for Simbu

Published in DECCAN CHRONICLE Daily English News Paper Dated 14-May-2015

Aasamela Aasa Song Making Video

Movie : Thiruttukkalyanam | Singers: STR and Malavika | Music : Vaidyanath Reddy

Manjima Mohan to Star Opposite STR in AYM

The expectation for Acham Yenbathu Madamaiyada is high, since its coming from the hit trio of Vinnaithandi Varuvaaya - (GVM, A.R.Rahman and Simbu). Now, 'Oru Vadakkan Selfie' Heroine Manjima Mohan roped in to play the female lead in Acham Yenbathu Madamaiyada.


Catherine Tresa Replaces Trisha in Selva's film

We had reported that Trisha has walked out of Sel varaghavan's upcoming film with Simbu. Now, the buzz is that the director has managed to find a replacement in no time and has roped in Madras girl Catherine Tresa as the heroine of the film.Confirms a source in the know, “Yes, Selva has finalised Catherine for the film. He had called her in for an audition on Sunday and after that, he was convinced that she would fit the part.“ We hear that Catherine will be given the full brief on her role by Wednesday and the team will start shooting for the film from this Thursday . 

Published in TIMES OF INDIA Daily English News Paper Dated 12-May-2015

I lost everything; money,my film,my girl: STR

This is just not the Simbu we usually get to see! The actor, who is generally cheerful and enthusiastic, was in a very sombre mood at the audio launch of Santhanam's upcoming film. In fact, his voice broke and he took a few minutes to compose himself, before speaking into the mic, and when he did, he stunned the audience with his speech. 

A visibly dejected Simbu said, “I have had no single release for the past two years. But personally , in the last two years, I have learnt a lot about life. I have had personal experiences that have tried me... I might have been born with a silver spoon, but I went through a lot. I lost everything. I lost films, I lost money; it hurts when I go and ask for money from my mother for my daily expenses. When I lost money and films, I thought that I at least, I have someone who loves me, who I was in love with, too, by my side. But now, the girl (Hansika) also has gone. (Hansika) also has gone.Throughout that period, the thought that I would get married one day , have children of my own... But that too is not happening now. It was when I lost everything in life, that I realised that I have only my breath with me. I am still alive, and I believe that I am alive for for a purpose on this earth, and I hope to bounce back for my fans soon.“ 

Talking about his next film with Gautham Menon, he said, “When we were working on Achcham Yenbathu Madamaiyada, Gautham told me that he'd like to do Ajith's film and get back to mine a little later. I agreed to it because he stood by me when I was in trouble. People told him not to cast me in Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa, still, he believed in me and he offered me that film -which is now considered a cult film of sorts. I respect him for the trust he had in me.“ 

 Simbu's film Vaalu was supposed to release on May 9 -but now, it has been pushed further and the release date is undecided. “It was after a lot of changes in the release dates, that it was finally scheduled for May 9. It is painful, and I am sad. But when I was wondering why God tests me so much, my dad came to my rescue. Now, he has taken over the release and I hope it hits the screens soon.“ 

Published in TIMES OF INDIA Daily English News Paper Dated 12-May-2015

Did TR come to his son STR's rescue?

Published in DECCAN CHRONICLE Daily English News Paper Dated 9-May-2015

செல்வராகவன் படத்தில் சிலம்பரசன்-திரிஷா மீண்டும் ஜோடி சேர்ந்தார்கள்.

Published in DAILYTHANTHI (Vellimalar) Tamil News Paper Dated 8-May-2015

Simbu ,Thaman's plans for Ajith's Birthday

Published in DECCAN CHRONICLE Daily English News Paper Dated 30-April-2015