Aug 31, 2008
The audio of Nenu Meeku Telusa?' was launched on Friday evening at a function held at Prasad Labs preview theatre. Manchu Manoj, Sneha Ullal and Raima Sen are the lead actors and Ajay Sastry is making his debut as director with this flick. Balakrishna was the chief guest and launched the audio. The other prominent personalities who attended the function are Mohan Babu, K Raghavendra Rao, YVS Chowdary, Keeravani, A Kodandarami Reddy, Ashok and Sanjay Reddy. The other unit members , Sunil, Tanikella Bharani, cinematographer Sunil K Reddy, editor Naveen, executive producer Ashok Raju and producer Lakshmi Manchu were also present.
Pandi had Lawrence and Sneha in the lead with Saranya and Nasser playing supporting characters.
Now, their new venture together will be directed by Pon Raman, who was an assistant to director KS Ravikumar.
The Nemichand Jabak production house is curiously searching for other artistes and technicians for the film, which is yet to be named.
Raghava Lawrence is now busy with director Shakthi Chidambaram’s production titled Rajathi Raja.
The dancer-turned-actor got tremendous response when he played the lead role in Pandi, which probably made him tie up with Hitesh Jabak again.
Aug 30, 2008
Recently at a press meet, the producer said, “This is Madhavan’s first ‘straight’ Telugu film; this is also the debut movie in Telugu for our banner. We are planning to release the film in September. Kona Venkat, a reputed writer, is making his debut as director. We are sure that he will earn compliments from all classes of audiences. Dubbing, re-recording, sound effects are complete and final mixing is now in progress.”
Sunil Sharma, Vizag Prasad and Sayaji Shinde are part of the supporting star cast. Music is by R.P. Patnaik and G.V. Prakash; story, screenplay, dialogues and direction are by Kona Venkat.
Nenu Tanu Aame is a different love story. The audio release, which was supposed to be at the end of this month, has been postponed. The film’s theatrical release is planned for September.
Those who thinks traditional Indian hospitality is dead in urban areas, particularly with people associated with glamour industry, read this!
Imagine you are sitting in the drawing room of an actress’s house. When you expect the house-boy to serve you a glass of water and a hot cup of tea, comes the actress herself with a tray containing a cup of tea. Well, the actress in question is Bhumika Chawla who had given hits like Tere Naam etc, but is keeping a low-profile after her marriage to hi-flying yoga guru Bharat Thakur (we hear she’s quietly making a comeback). Recently, a friend of Bharat’s went to meet him at his house. As they kept talking came a beautiful-looking lady carrying a cup of tea.
On a closer look, he found it to be Bhumika Chawla. After she left an embarrassed friend asked Bharat why his wife served the tea, Bharat put it simply, “She likes that way. Her approach to life is different. I don’t interfere in her decisions.” So sweet, na...? Hope other actresses are reading this!
Aug 29, 2008
"Actors like Kamal Haasan and Rajnikant are larger than life. They cannot be accepted in guest roles. I can get away with small cameos, off-beat roles, walk-on parts, anything. I'm playing a 90-year-old man in a new film," said Mohanlal.
"There're some actors in this country like Amitabh Bachchan, Chiranjeevi, Kamal Haasan and Rajnikant who are above success and failure. They're blessed people. If you say I'm one of them, then I too am blessed," he added.
The Malayalam moviedom maverick is currently busy with his Japanese film Nair San. After learning Japanese for his role, now he is gearing up to do a full-on action scene with Hollywood star Jackie Chan.
"Jackie Chan appears in a major action sequence with me. I'm trying to physically prepare for the role. I've already shot for about 150 days for Nair San in Japan and Mongolia," he said.
"I'm the first actor from Malayalam cinema to feature in a Japanese film. I've to speak not only in Japanese but also in Chinese and Mongolian," he added.
The action scene with Jackie Chan will be shot in Mongolia.
Nair San, which is being made at a whopping cost of Rs 2 billion, will be subtitled in English and released all over the world.
Directed by Albert, the film is about Aiyappan Pillai Madhavan Nair, who left Kerala at the age of 18 and settled in Japan. He fought against the British from Japan. Later, the Japanese government presented him with the title San.
"Nair was an Indian freedom fighter. I've met the man. He owns a chain of restaurants. I've been to his restaurant in Tokyo. And he has been to my home in Kerala. He passed away at the age of 85-86. I feel very privileged to be playing Nair. The film will definitely get wide release in Japan," said the actor who has received rave reviews for his performance in Aakashagopuram.
Aakashagopuram is based on renowned Norwegian playwright Henrik Johan Ibsen's play The Master Builder.
"Ibsen's The Master Builder is a complicated play. I've done stage plays including a play in Sanskrit. But Ibsen is tough. However, I treated the film like any other. I play an architect. Changes were made. For example, my character's Norwegian name was changed for the Indian audience."
Mohanlal has also finished a war movie, Kuruskshetra, based on the Kargil war. "It's a major film," he says.
Mohanlal, who has worked in a couple of Hindi films too, says he doesn't regret doing Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag.
"People just pounced on Ramu. They forgot how much he has achieved in the past. Such things happen. In fact, Priyadarshan has just offered me a role in a Hindi film to be done in the middle of next year. I get a lot of Hindi films. But they don't interest me.
"But I'll do Priyan's film. It's a 12-13 day film. It isn't a conventional Hindi film. It has a message on AIDS. Priyan is returning to his roots. He recently did a fantastic Malayalam film called Kanjeevaram. I was supposed to do it. But I couldn't. Now I'm looking forward to working with him and to doing a Hindi film."
'BLACK AND WHITE'
CVL Narasimha Rao
Ayesha Jaleel and others
Music – Vijay Kurakula
Lyrics – Vanamali
Camera – Joshi
Editing – Marthand K Venkatesh
Presents– Maithri Films Pvt Ltd
Producer – P Udaykiran
Story, screenplay, dialogues and direction – Srikanth Vemulapalli,
Banner: UK Avenues
Released on: August 22, 2008
Several films have come with treason by extremists as the backdrop. In most of the cases, the extremists made use of religion, politics as the source to show extremism. Director Srikanth, went a step ahead, and tried family system too as a source in this regard. Once again the Telugu film industry tries to highlight how the innocent are getting caught in the cobweb, despite the high-level patriotism they have in mind. He was able to maintain a good amount of suspicion to certain extent, but he lost grip on the subject frequently which has caused a bumpy movement of the film.
Bharat (Rajiv Kanakala) is an orphan and brought up in a orphanage. Sreenu (Uttej) is his close friend. Bharat studies hard and becomes a software professional. Being an orphan, he loves children very much. Once some extremists plan to attack the police and gain entry into his car and forcibly take him with them to the outskirts of the city. By the time, they were about to blast the police jeep and van, Bharat drives his car to block the movement of the police and saves them. As a result, the government announces Best Citizen Award and he is expected to take the award from the President of India on Republic Day.
At this juncture, he comes across Sameera (Sindhu Tulani), who is doing fashion designing. Their friendship grows and turns into love. With the acceptance of Sameera's parents (CVL Narasimha Rao and Ayesha Jaleel), they get married. However, Sameera keeps a condition that their first night should be only after completion of her studies. Meanwhile, there is an attack on Bharat and somehow he survives from it. Again there is another attack in the form of electric shock and accidentally Sreenu gets it, and he too survives from it. Just before the Republic Day, i.e., on January 15, Bharat tries to surprise Sameera and wish her happy birthday at midnight and she hits him with a flower vase causing grievous injury. So, left with no option, Bharat tells Sameera to go to Delhi and receive the award. At this juncture, a bomb blast occurs in Hyderabad in which two persons get killed. The case is handed over to CBI. The CBI officer Khan (Jackie Shroff), who is very shrewd, notices a car in a video footage and finds that it belongs to Bharat. He questions Bharat, but could not find any conclusive evidence.
On investigation, the CBI sleuths notice that Sameera's parents were Muslims. Then they arrest Sameera's father, who reveals the entire story. Sameera is a Muslim girl and her fiancee, who masterminds blasts in Mumbai gets killed just before their engagement. So, she had decided to avenge the killing. As per a plan, she cornered Bharat and married him. On learning this, Khan and Bharat go to the function, but could not stop her from going to the dais due to some security reasons. However, Bharat to prevent a disaster, snatches Khan's revolver and kills Sameera.
PLUS: The director has maintained suspense all through the film and the storyline though not predictable appears to be somewhat interesting. Rajiv Kanakala gave an impressive performance. Sindhu Tulani is at her best. She not only filled the glamour slot, but also appeared romantic in some scenes and got good opportunity to prove her acting capabilities. Jackie Shroff, though appeared a little old, did justice to his role. Uttej is good as hero's buddy. However, Rajiv Kanakala's performance is the only highlight and plus point for the movie.
MINUS: Though the storyline is average, the director gave a good twist to it. Though it was he who penned the story, screenplay and dialogues, the director due to inexperience remained butter-fingered. He lost grip while running the subject many times. Music by Vijay Kurakula though not very impressive in songs, with no foot-tapping numbers, his background score is good and has elevated the mood of the film in some scenes.
Camera work by Joshi is not bad and Marthand K Venkatesh did a neat job. Production values of UK Avenues are okay. The film is good for serious viewing, and the entertainment values are very less. Placement of songs is also improper and spoiled the tempo of the film. Srikanth Vemulapalli, however, appeared a promising director, and hopes he could deliver a good film in his next project by learning from the drawbacks he faced in this film.
Aug 28, 2008
He also has contributed in Venaktesh's film Chinthakayala Ravi few songs and the latest news is that he has written two songs for Pavan Kalyan's Puli.
Jalsa in the past a box office hit in the combination of Pavan Kalyan and Trivikram Srinivas.
S J Surya is hopeful that these songs will be also a hit.
Trivikram's dialogue in the movies Nuvvu Naku Nachavu and Manmadhudu have turned in to as assets of the films.
While rumours about Rambha’s “attempted suicide” were doing the rounds in the city, the Ullathai Alli Tha actress was at home having a hard time handling phone calls and enquiries about her health.
After eating temple prasadam a few days ago, I felt giddy and went to a hospital for a check-up,” she says, “It was a simple case of food poisoning and nothing more to it. I was shocked when I read a newspaper report that I had attempted suicide.”
But she stresses that she has no enemies within the industry who could have planted such a hoax. “I could have settled in Hyderabad or Bangalore (places I love) but chose to stay in Chennai as I felt it was my true home,” she says, “I am still the darling of Tamil Nadu... I want to live life to the fullest and have no intention of leaving the world so soon!”
“I was laughing when I read that report but felt bad when my parents came to know of it,” she adds. “My father is a heart patient and I did not want him disturbed by such baseless rumours.”
The actress rubbishes rumours of a recent love failure. “I am choosy about the movies I do and will be as choosy when it comes to choosing my life partner too. I trust my parents with this decision-making. Meanwhile, I am single and enjoying it!”
Aug 27, 2008
The beautiful actress, who forayed into Kollywood with Enakku 20 Unakku 18, claims this gives her perfect health, keeps her skin supple and promotes her complexion as well. She says that it is very important for actors to drink plenty of water given the fact that they spend too much time under arclights or the sun.
She says apart from this, a good sunscreen is very important for an actor. She trusts a brand of sunscreen with 50% SPF. And except for a nourishing cream at bedtime, she does not do much for her skin. Yes! We know she has a natural glow, which is growing intense these days with her successful career.
Bollywood queen Katrina Kaif, believes in hydrating her body constantly with water and fruits rich in moisture such as melons, kiwis, and cucumber. Another fan of H2O is Mallika Sherawat, who has a preference for Evian, the French brand of mineral water, which she claims to have miraculous health benefits, as believed by the discoverer of its spring and most French people.
Whether one is an actor or not, one has to drink enough water as it constitutes 70% of the human body. Though many claim drinking excessive water keeps them healthy and their skin supple, there is no scientific proof to support this claim. Many doctors suggest that one should drink around 8 to 10 glasses of water a day as the food also has a water component. And besides, one of the primal instincts of humans will surely let you know when you need water - your thirst!
CHIRU 'S EXLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH NTV CHIEF MOORTHY BEFORE THE TIRUPATHI MEETING PART 1
Chiranjeevi interview before tirupati mega meet PART 2
Chiranjeevi interview before tirupati mega meet PART 3
Aug 26, 2008
* I will always remain your servant. It is a historic moment. A proud moment for Andhra.
* I founded hundreds of blood and eye banks.
* Let's concentrate on positive things and fight divisive forces.
* God has blessed me. Asked me to do this. I seek your support.
* Happy Andhra Pradesh is my motto. Modernisation and industrialisation will be on my agena.
* My party is of the people, for the people and by the people.
* Social justice is the main agenda of my party.
* I take an oath in the name of Lord Venkateshwara that I will be with you. You don't need a leader. You need a servant. It is my motive. I want to restore the honour of politics.
* We should be transparent in public life. We should be with the weaker sections. Even after 60 years of freedom, there has not been any improvement.
* I don't know politics. I can't understand it. But I know the suffering of people.
* I have done all roles in cinema. I have seen the entire world. I don't want anything more.
* I had just two pairs of trousers in my college.
* I survived in Madras with less than Rs 100 per month. People need a person from such background to lead them. My roles in cinema always represented weaker sections.
* I am from a very humble background. We had just 5 acres of land. My father was a police constable.
* This sound will reverberate across Andhra.
* I know the pulse beat of the Telugu people. I promise a clean and effective movement.
* Youth power is my power. Women will get more attention.
* This sound will reverberate across Andhra.
* I represent weaker sections. Today's meeting is a historic meeting.
* I am like the brother of all Andhraites. Telugu people made me what I am today.
* I don't know to how to thank you all. I will never forget your kindness.
* My mother taught me about life. I don't bother about caste, religion and class.
* My achievement will be your achievement.
* As an actor, I struggled. I am a servant of the people.
* Please bless my movement. You have always blessed me. Mother Theresa has always been my inspiration. I believe in her.
Chiranjeevi political party speech from tirupathi..Videos
Watch Live Coverage of Chiranjeevi Tirupathi Party Meeting
Chiranjeevi... Praja Rajyam Meeting Success
Mana Rajyam Surajyam. Swarajyam. Prajala Rajyam. Praja Rajyam!! Jai Hind!!!!
All are soldiers in our party including me
All are soldiers in the war against social problems. There are no leaders in our party. All are soldiers including us. We don’t have selfishness and we don’t have fear. Hence we will win. Let us work hard to build a beautiful future. We want change. We will eliminate the poverty and bring smile among all the people of AP. Bravery and honesty are our weapons. Do not bother about people who sling mud on us. Let them discourage us. The more they discourage, the great our determination we will be.
People penned my role
Lot of writers penned many roles for me in the past for films. This new role is written by you people. And this role is going to be the one which I will live my lifetime. My life is dedicated to you people. Thank you very much. Jai Hind.
The party anthem being played
After explaining about the party flag, Chiranjeevi played the anthem of Praja Rajyam party. It is accompanied by the cool visuals that support the agenda of Chiranjeevi and the concept of various ingredients embedded in the party flag.
Flag is inspired by nature
Sun rise is our symbol. There are 24 rays to the sun in the flag which denotes that we spread the energy and light of sun throughout 24 hours. Red color of sun is symbol of change. White background is the mixture of vibgyor which represents people from all castes. The green streak indicates farmers. The yellow line around sun represents the smile that we will bring on the faces of every citizen. Red, White and Green represent Hindu, Christian and Muslims. Hence we are equally good for all the religions.
The symbol is Sun
Just now the flag of Chiranjeevi Party is hoisted. The symbol is sun colored in red. The background color of flag is white. There is a streak of green symbolizing the farmers. The image of flag is something like this. There are some rays of sun in this flag. .
I am for the sentiment of Telangana
Telanga has lot of cultural and historical heritage. It has natural resources and a great history. People have opinion that injustice is done to Telangana. That is because of the biased nature of the earlier governments. Telangana has ‘athma gourava samasya’. I will respect the sentiment. If we have to separate Andhra from Telangana, I am willing to cooperate.
Justice to economically backward class
All the castes have people who are economically backward. There is no caste to the poor. We will recognize such people as EBC (economically backward class) and my party will support them.
I am against Government selling lands
Selling lands like doing injustice to our future generations. I am completely against. Government is misusing farmer lands by grabbing from them and giving it to SEZ. I am against giving farming land to SEZ. But I am not against globalization. I want industries to come to AP. But I will give them only those lands that are not used for farming.
Naxalism is a social problem
Naxalism is erupted from poor. Poor is the deep cause of youth becoming naxals. I am not looking at naxalism as a law and order issue. I look at it as social problem. I would scientifically look at the problem and debate it with intellectuals and come up with a solution.
Discourage selling of alcohol
Alcohol destroys several homes in AP. The government is giving them money with schemes and taking money from them by selling liquor at the same time. We will make strong commitment towards discouraging selling of liquor.
Organized corruption should go
People generally take bribes to do things that are illegal and illegitimate. But here in India, most of the officers take bribes to do their duty. I want to cleanse corruption from the top level starting from political system. Hunger, necessity and greediness are three things that drive corruption. One can cure people who are corrupt because of hunger and necessity. But we should eliminate people who do corruption because of greediness.
There are people who cant get Rs.2 kg rice and who can’s afford Rs. 25 per kg
There are people who are above the social condition of availing 2/- per kg rice and who also can’t afford 25/- for a kg of rice. There are many labors and lower middle class people who are in this segment. I would bring justice to them.
Farmers get top priority
Chiranjeevi spelt out Sri Sri’s poem “Kammali kolimi, Kummari chakram..” first and explained it. The farmer bachelors are not getting married because of their profession. Farmers will get the top priority.
Education is second priority
Only wealthy people are getting in to good educational institutes. Education has become business, but not the service. The economically backward people do not have money for the higher education.
Health is third priority
Poor pregnant women are giving birth to baby in the verandah of Gandhi hospital because hospital did not have bed. It is such a pathetic situation in general hospitals. Most of the people can’t office corporate hospital. The hospitals are in bad shape in villages.
Party name is Praja Rajyam
People belonging to various sections of society jointly announced the name of the part in the presence of Chiranjeevi. And the party name is "Praja Rajyam". Tagline of the party is “Preme Lakshyam – Seve Margam”
We have great resources in India
I am impressed by the development and infrastructure in west countries.But we have tremendous natural and human resources. We work hard in India. But we d not have enough guidance and implementing capabilities at the organizational level. I am confident that people Andhra will help me to get me the opportunity to guide and implement the human and natural resources of us in a better way.
Social justice is the party motto
The motto of our party is to have social justice. Some part of society is getting ample opportunity. Most part of the society is getting very little opportunity. My party motto is to balance the social imbalance.
I represented lower strata of society
I acted as Dalit youth in my debut film Pranam Khareedu. I acted as cobbler in award winning Swayam Krushi. I did the role of Dalit IAS officer in Kondaveeti Donga. I represented Dalits in Rudraveena. I always associated with lower strata of the society because of the struggles I had gone through.
I had single meal a day in beginning days of career
In my beginning days of my career I used to have single meal every day as I could not afford food for twice everyday. I need 300 rupees per month as expenses during my stay at Chennai. But I asked my parents to send only 150 rupees. I used to have meals only once and used to have water and tea during the remaining part of the day.
I wore knickers in intermediate
I studied my intermediate in Sharma college of Ongole. As we could not afford pants, I had to wear knickers even in my intermediate. I had to cooperate with parents and wear knickers though I was embarrassed.
I remember struggling days as kid
I was the elder son in a family of lower middle class family. I used remember the days when I had to get the groceries home by walk as we did not have enough money to travel in a rickshaw. There were times when we did not have money and we used to pool the change so that we could live for the next two days using that change.
Chiranjeevi arrives at the venue
Chiranjeevi makes sudden appearance at 5:30 pm sharp. Clad in a white full-hands shirt and black pants, he looked very fresh sans any tension. . Waving his hands to the crowds, Chiru gestured them with emotion gripping him. He is taking over the mike now. His first dialogues was "Ee tirumala tirupati venkateswarudi padala chenta koluvai vunna ee asesha jana prabhanjananni choostunte naa janma dhanyam ayindi anipistundi”.
Old woman injured in stampede
An old woman got injured in the stampede that took place at Avilala. Her condition is said to be serious. The organisers sought the police to take over the public blocks and control the crowds.
One injured jumping barricades
One person got injured and broke his leg while jumping over the barricades. The volunteers took position and removed him to the near by medical camp.
Clouds playing truant over Tirupati
With hardly half an hour left for the real countdown to begin, clouds are playing truant over the sprawling venue at Tirupati. Though scorching heat prevailed till 3.00 PM, slowly the weather began to change, with gathering clouds and at the same time dissipating now and then allowing the Sun to shine again. The same weather continues till this time ( 5.00 PM) with 31 degrees Celsius.
Streets are empty all over AP
The streets all over AP are virtually empty as all the people of Andhra are glued to their TV sets to see the live program of Chiranjeevi’s debut political public meet now. All the TV channels are providing the live of this meet. Most of the employee had gone to their houses by evening to catch the program live.
Stage named as ‘Praja Ankita Vedika’
The stage on which Chiranjeevi is going to announce party name and agenda is titled as ‘Praja Ankita Vedika’. Chiranjeevi has chosen this venue to make his life dedicated to the public of Andhra Pradesh. He has bid adieu to films and entering the public life with a huge public gathering over 10 lac of people in Tirupati.
Travails of physically handicapped
Volunteers and police are making joint efforts to make the physically handicapped persons reach their specified blocks in front of the dais. With traffic jam hitting various centers in the pilgrim town, those intending to reach the venue have started coming by walk. However, some of the physically handicapped are seen wading the long distance with much difficulty.
25 lacs water packets
The organizers of Chiranjeevi sabha arranged 25 lacs of water packets to be given free of cost to the fans and lovers of Chiranjeevi who came to the venue in the scorching heat of Tirupati. 8 ambulances have been arranged. A few medical camps are being set up to treat the people if anybody gets injured.
Girl injured, given first aid
A young girl of 14 years was injured when a sharp object hit her in the head, resulting in the bleeding injury. However, the women surrounding her immediately took her to a corner and rendered first aid, sprinkling water on her face and putting bandage with saree cloth.
Fans frenzy at Mega family members
Chiru family members have arrived at the venue and are put up at a specially arranged enclave. They will be reaching their specified barricades at the frontal area when Chiranjeevi will arrive (at 5.00 Pm). Knowing that Ramcharan Tej arrived at the venue, the crowds from behind started pushing forward resulting in stampede. There are heated arguments between the fans and organisers
Chiranjeevi starts to Avilala Sabha
Chiranjeevi has started now from the guest house of TSR in Tirumala. He would be coming to the venue now. There is an option of alighting a helicopter if the route of his gets jammed in the process. At the venue, there are two routes chalked out for him to go to stage.
Unruly scenes at Avilala
Unruly scenes prevailed at the public meeting venue with tussle between organisers and the crowds. The crowds threw whatever object they found in their vicinity - chairs and broken pieces of wood (used for barricading) at the volunteers, who in turn started beating the crowds with lathis. The police are finding it tough to control the surging crowds. The police authorities have dispatched additional forces from Madanapalli and Chittoor to control the crowds by the time Chiru would arrive at the venue.
Slight injuries in stampede
Some persons got injured in the slight stampede at Chiru's public meeting venue in Tirupati. The volunteers immediately spotted the injured and shifted them to the nearby medical camp for first aid.
Countdown started with Vandemataram
The much-awaited cultural programs commenced at 4.00 PM with a group of males clad in white dresses displaying tricolors dancing to the song - Vandemataram (from Shankara Dada Zindabad), the girls wearing traditional pattu sarees (orange) started moving amidst them. The crowds started cheered at the performers.
Nagur Babu & Pragati anchors the event
Popular singer Nagur Babu who rendered his powerful voice to many songs of Chiranjeevi. He started anchoring the program in an entertaining style by appealing to the fans of Chiranjeevi. The cultural programs will start now. Popular TV news reader (MAA TV) Pragati is the female anchor for these cultural programs.
Mano, Pragati as crowd controllers
With hardly an hour left for the mega show to commence, playback singer turned music director Mano (Nagur Babu) has taken the mike, urging the crowds to cooperate. He said that Chiranjeevi is exclusively coming for them. "You should maintain calm and cooperate with us. You all should bless him." Anchor and news reader Pragati too arrived on the dais, urging the crowds to be silent and not to cross the barricades. Nagababu in turn made repeated and fervent appeals to the crowds not to stand on the barricades or cross them. With his cinematic and much-familiar voice, Mano kept the crowds engaged.
Mild lathi-charge at Avilala
The police resorted to mild lathi charge when the surging crowds started coming to the front of the dais, crossing the barricades. However, the situation was immediately controlled on the arrival of special forces. In view of this, extra forces are kept at the frontal positions of the stage
Mohanlal was here along with fellow actor Mukesh to announce the staging of the hit Malayalam play “Chayamukhy” in the Gulf later this year.
Speaking about the Japanese project “Nair San”, he said that the movie revolved around the true story of an Indian freedom fighter popularly known as Nair San in Japan.
“Maybe he (Nair San) was the first person in the world to conduct a student agitation against the British. This is a thrilling biography of him,” Mohanlal said.
“It is a docudrama. He fought against the British from Japan. Later, the Japanese government presented him with the title ‘San’,” he added.
Ayyapan Pillai Madhavan Nair - or Nair San - had to leave Kerala at the age of 18 as he campaigned among the students and led protests and marches against the social injustices of the British, according to the film’s website.
He rebelled against the education tax imposed by the British. He later settled in Japan, where he struggled hard to root out imperialism from Asian countries.
“His efficiency in Japanese, Chinese and Spanish languages lifted him above all other Indian freedom fighters in Japan such as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Rashbehari Bose, Pratap Singh and Barkathullah,” the website posting states.
Mohanlal said he personally knew Nair San, who had later opened a restaurant chain by the same name in Japan.
“I know that person. I have met him and I have been to his restaurants in Japan also, long back - I am talking about 23 years back,” the two-time National Award winner said.
He also confirmed that martial arts hero Jackie Chan will be doing a cameo in the film, which will be directed by noted Malayali director Albert.
“He is doing a small role. There is an action sequence he is doing,” he said.
Shooting for the new project, the first Japanese film by an Indian director, starts Sep 3 and locations will be spread across Japan, China and Mongolia.
“It is 160 days of shooting for me. The film will cover the life of Nair San from his age of 35 till his death,” Mohanlal said.
As for his other upcoming projects, he sounded very excited about the Oct 2 release of “Kurukshetra”, based on the Kargil war.
“It is about the Kargil war, how it happened and how it ended… We shot in real locations like Kargil and Drass,” the Padmashri recipient said.
He, however, clarified that the film was not a sequel to the earlier fast paced action thriller “Kirti Chakra” that he had done.
“Only one character, Major Mahadevan in ‘Kirti Chakra’, appears as Colonel Mahadevan here (in Kurukshetra),” he said.
The veteran actor is also looking forward to his multiplex business, which he said would cater basically to small towns in Kerala.
“It will not be in major cities like Kochi or Thiruvananthapuram. We will stay about 40 to 50 km away from such cities. Whatever amenities multiplexes provide will be available but at a lower scale,” he said.
Apart from Mohanalal, others involved in the project are Antony Perumbavoor, industrialist K.C. Babu and Asianet chief K. Madhavan. They have set up a company, Maxlab Entertainments, for this.
According to reports, the first of the multiplexes will be coming up near Chalakudy in Thrissur.
Mohanlal said now people don’t have to come to major cities to watch the latest movies.
“Previously there was a ban (on releasing films all across Kerala). But now we can release films throughout Kerala. People in smaller towns did not have enough theatres. We are aiming at these pockets,” he said.
So, now with Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi announcing his foray into politics, when can one expect Mohanlal to do the same?
“No, no, Kerala state is not like that,” he said shaking his head even before the question could be completed.
“In Kerala, film actors are not needed in politics,” he smiled.
Asserting that he was in no way connected to politics, he said: “I don’t want to get into politics. I know about the state, I know what is happening in the country. But I am not very keen on party and all. I have friends in all parties.”
Says Trisha I was thrilled when Rahman invited me to sing. I could not refuse the chance. One of my longtime dreams is to sing in A R Rahman song and the wish seems to be coming true now.
According to reports Trisha will sing a song in her forthcoming movie Chennaiyil Oru Mazhaikkalam.
It was a spectacle at railway stations and bus stations as the fans decorated trains and buses with their matinee idol's posters.
Fans from both the Godavari districts - where Chiranjeevi's support is the highest — were in delirious mood beating drums and applying 'tilak' on co-travellers. Two special trains each from Kakinada and Vishakapatanam, one each from Rajahmundry, Samarlakota, Narsapur, Eluru and Anakapalle left for Tirupati. Each train has 15-18 bogies. It is learnt that Waltair railway division is charging Rs 80,000 per compartment, while the state road transport corporation is levying Rs 28 per km for special buses.
While over a lakh people have left their homes from both Godavari districts, nearly 50,000 people from Vishakapatanam and nearby districts left for Tirupati.
Aug 25, 2008
Name: ALLARI NARESH
Other name(s) Naresh
His favorite film is Geetanjali.
Year Title Role Other notes Verdict
2008 Sidhu from Sikakulam (Recent Release)
2008 Gamyam Gali Seenu Super HIT
2008 Bommana Brothers Chandana Sisters flop
2008 Vishaka Express Average
2007 Vandarojulu Announced Superhit films Jaya will direct this movie.
2007 Pellaindi Kaani Achi Babu Flop
2007 Allare Allari co-star Venu flop
2007 Athili Sattibabu LKG Athili Sattibabu Average
2007 Seema Shastri Seema Sastri Average
2006 Gopi - Goda Meedha Pilli Gopi flop
2006 Roommates Ramakrishna Flop
2006 Kithakithalu Relangi Rajababu Super Hit
2006 Party Bujji Flop
2005 Danger Satya Average
2005 Nuvvante Naakistam Devudu Naresh's brother Aryan rajesh
co-starred in this film Below Average
2004 Nenu Vinod Flop
2003 Maa Alludu Very Good Purse Ram aka Parasuram Rajendra Prasad also starred in it Above Average
2003 Pranam Sivudu Flop
2003 Juniors Mahesh Re-make Flop
2002 Thotti Gang Achi Babu Prabhu Deva and sunil
co-starred in this film Above Average
2002 Dhana Laxmi I Love You Raju Re-make of Hera Pheri Flop
2002 Allari Ravi Average
2001 Kurumbu Naresh Tamil film Flop
* 2006 was a successful year for Naresh, he managed to do 5 films in this year, where Kithakitalu become a super hit and brought additional fame to Naresh.
Organisers were giving finishing touches to the arrangements for the 'mega show' which is expected to be attended by about 10 lakh people pouring in from all over the state at the sprawling Avilala Cheruvu, the venue on the outskirts of Tirupati.
The meeting, which will serve as a platform for the matinee idol to deliver his maiden political speech, will be held from 1600 hours to 1900 hours and Chiranjeevi is likely to be the sole speaker, sources said.
Arrangements have been made to enable the attendees even in the last row to witness Chiranjeevi speak and watch the proceedings on giant digital screens, they said.
Over 126-acre ground has been cleared of bushes at the venue, where an AICC Plenary was held in 1992 during P V Narasimha Rao's regime.
The fans of the mega star are using all modes of transport -- from trains to cabs -- to reach Tirupati.
Ticket aspirants are said to have sponosred a large number of buses and cabs to ferry their supporters.
Moreover, 10 special trains have been booked to take the participants and mediapersons from Hyderabad.
The public meeting is keenly watched in the state's political circles as Chiranjeevi will be announcing the thrust areas, agenda and policies of his party, which would determine its impact in the assembly elections next year.
A new film with Rajasekhar in the main role is coming up under the direction of Ram Prasad and likely to go on sets from September 5. It is reliably learnt that Bhoomika Chawla is to pair with Rajasekhar. The film is a remake of the Malayalam movie 'Hello'. After completing Rajasekhar's present movie 'Satyameva Jayate', the proposed film will go to sets.
The story is about a love between a 40 years old man and a young girl who is much younger to him which would be very interesting to the viewers. The film is produced by Maganti Gopinath.
KAJAL is portraying a multifaceted role
After playing a simple lover girl in Chandamma, KAJAL is portraying a multifaceted role in the much-talked film with RAM CHARAN TEJ. She will be playing the soul mate to a fiery lover boy in this big budget extravaganza. According to sources, she needs to portray varied shades and has pulled out all stops to match strides with the hotshot star, who is himself playing a demanding role. The actress who began her innings with a traditional role in Laxmi Kalyam, later impressed as a urban girl in Aatadista but this complex role seems to be testing her acting skills. Similarly, the pretty actress will be seen as the love interest of ALLU ARJUN in Arya 2, and if both the films succeed she could stake claim for the top slot. Looks like TRISHA and ILEANA are in for some competition.
Aug 24, 2008
The film is a mass entertainer having Hansika as the lead heroine where as Sheela is playing as second heroine.
Before roping in Sheela other two stars Sanjana and Manjari were considered however, she managed to get in.
Ram who has so far completed three films for the first time is pairing with two heroines.
Currently the film is under shooting in Hyderabad and planned to be released for Dussera/Deepavali festival holidays.
Aug 23, 2008