I didn’t fly to Mumbai to console Dhoni: Lakshmi Rai


Chennai : Tamil actress Lakshmi Rai, who has been romantically linked with M.S. Dhoni, rubbishes reports that she flew down to Mumbai from here to console the Indian cricket skipper after the Indian team was ousted from the T20 World Cup.

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A Tamil daily had published the report.

“Though I was deeply upset by India’s exit from the T20 World Cup, I didn’t break down into tears as reported. Neither did I fly to Mumbai to meet Dhoni to talk to him and console him… it’s nothing but media’s figment of imagination. I just sent a consoling message to Dhoni and that’s all,” said the actress.

“Actually, I’m too busy to have time for such things. Nowadays, I make it a point to even take part in the story discussion of films in which I’m working. So, this keeps me very busy,” added the actress who featured in Tamil films like “Azhagiya Aabathu” and “Velli Thirai”.


Meera Jasmine, ‘Mandolin’ Rajesh split up

South Indian actress Meera Jasmine and composer Mandolin U. Rajesh’s romance has come to an end as the latter has confirmed the news saying “time is a great healer” and that he would like to concentrate on his muisc.

“I dreamt of something else and what has happened is in no way connected to my dreams. Time is a great healer. I can’t say anything more than this at this juncture. I would like to concentrate on my music,” said Rajesh.

Meera was said to have planned to earn as much as she could before her marriage and reportedly their relationship soured when the actress went on a signing spree and accepted Tamil and Malayalam offers. She even signed films opposite newcomers.


Comedian Vivek turns hero again for ‘Naandhaan Bala’

Vivek, the only comedian to have won the prestigious Padma Shri award, is trying his luck once again as a lead actor with “Naandhaan Bala”.

Vivek will play Bala, a typical Brahmin youth brought up in the orthodox surroundings of a temple. Apart from him, newcomer JV will be seen as second male lead in the movie. He plays a hitman.

Earlier, Vivek had singed “Solli Adippaen” as male lead opposite almost-forgotten actress Chhaya Singh. The film was completed couple of years ago but there were no takers for it therefore it is still lying in the cans.

The makers of “Naandhaan Bala” are looking for an actress to play the female lead in the film. It is being produced by a new production house Srikahskmi Kala Productions and will be directed by R. Kannan, who made the dud “Raasaiah” with Prabhudeva and Roja as the lead pair more than a decade back.

‘Ganja’ Karuppu, Mayilsami, Charlie, Saranya and Nasser would be forming the rest of the “Naandhaan Bala”. Veterans Vaali and Vairamuthu have penned the lyrics and Vidyasagar has composed the music for the film.

The producers are aiming for a mid-August release.