Wednesday, April 8

Kamal and Mohanlal come together!

Kamal Haasan is back again before the camera! And this time, it's for Thalaivan Irukiran, is a Tamil remake of critically-acclaimed Bollywood film A Wednesday. Kamal is expected to essay the role played by Naseerudin Shah while Mohanlal is playing the cop's role played by Anupam Kher.

The role played by Jimmy Shergill will be taken up by Ganesh Venkatraman. The film is directed by Chakri and Shruti Haasan is expected to work on the background score.

This is the first time that both Kamal Haasan and Mohanlal are coming together. They are considered the two pillars of the Tamil and Malayalam film industry respectively. We can for sure get to see a fine treat with a combination as rare as this!

Shooting began in Ramoji Rao Studios and is expected to be completed by May 31. Tentatively, the movie's release has been fixed for the first week of July.

Holi celebration in india (some americans joined up)

Malayalam FIlm Thanthra as Thanthiran in Kollywood

Malayalam Director K.J. Bose's debut directorial venture Thanthra (2006), starring Aravind Akash, Shwetha Menon and Siddique in key roles, is being dubbed in Tamil as Thanthiran. The Tamil version, which will hit screens soon, is produced by Baburaj under the banner of M2 B2 Moviemakers.

Set in the backdrop of tantric arts, yoga and mysticism, the film revolves around a mysterious saint Aacharya Suryadharman (Siddique), who wants to increase his supernatural powers by mantras and poojas. He resides in a fearful, lonesome mountain called Vikramashila. While he is set to perform a special pooja to gain more powers, he has some unexpected visitors: Kiran (Aravinder) and his fiancée Swethamukhi (Shwetha Menon).

Kiran, a BBC reporter, wants to investigate the continuing relationship of Acharya with mystic powers, while Swethamukhi is in search of her long-lost brother. Suryadharman agrees to locate and bring back her brother with the help of his magical manifestations, but in turn proposes to use Swethamukhi, a virgin, to complete his poojas. What happens next is the rest of the story.

This magical thriller was scripted by the director himself. Thanthra has music by Alex Paul. The film, cinematographed by Saadath, has five songs written by Subhash.

A healthy sex life: 10 reasons to make love

Evidence points to the many health benefits of an active sex life. Sex Made Easy, an article published in Men's Health Magazine, gives 10 healthy reasons to hop into bed -- a reminder that making love is good for both body and soul.

  1. Exercise. "Sexual activity is a form of physical exercise," according to Dr. Michael Cirigliano of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Making love three times a week burns around 7,500 calories in a year -- the equivalent of jogging 75 miles.
  2. Heavy Breathing. A night of love can raise the amount of oxygen in cells, helping to keep organs and tissues functioning at their peak.
  3. Strong Bones and Muscles. "Any kind of physical exercise is going to increase testosterone," states Dr. Karen Donahey, director of the Sex and Marital Therapy Program at Chicago's Northwestern University Medical Center. Testosterone is believed to help keep men's bones and muscles strong.
  4. Lowered Cholesterol. Making love regularly can lower levels of the body's total cholesterol slightly, while positively changing the ratio of good-to-bad cholesterol.
  5. Pain Relief. Sex can lower levels of "arthritic pain, whiplash pain and headache pain," according to Dr. Beverly Whipple, president-elect of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists. Hormones that are released during sexual excitement and orgasm can elevate pain thresholds.
  6. DHEA -- Without Supplements. DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), a popular supplemental hormone, is released naturally during lovemaking. "Just before orgasm and ejaculation," Crenshaw says, "DHEA spikes to levels three to five times higher than usual."
  7. Prostate Protection. Researchers say prostate trouble may arise or be worsened by fluid buildup within the gland. Regular ejaculation will help wash out those fluids. Be cautious when suddenly changing frequency -- sudden changes may also trigger prostate problems.
  8. Stress Relief. "Sex can be a very effective way of reducing stress levels," Donahey told Men's Health.
  9. Love Will Keep Us Together. Crenshaw says affectionate touch will increase levels of oxytocin -- the "bonding hormone." Oxytocin is a desire-enhancing chemical secreted by the pituitary. Regular oxytocin release may help encourage frequent lovemaking.
  10. Hormones -- Naturally. "Regular lovemaking can increase a woman's estrogen level, protect her heart and keep her vaginal tissues more supple," states Donahey.

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