Apr 23, 2010
The Ravana Track ‘Kata Kata’ Shot with 500 Dancers
Cast: Vikram as Veera, Aishwarya Bachchan as Seetha, Karthik Muthuraman as villain, Prabhu, Prithviraj as Rama, Priyamani, Bipasha Basu as raavana's wife, Munna, Kishore, Vaiyapuri
Music Director: A R Rahman
Director: Mani Ratnam
Producer: Mani Ratnam
Singers: A R Rahman, Kailash Kher, Malgudi Shubha, Arun, Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal, Asha Bhosle, Chithra Sivaraman, Karthik, Mahalakshmi Iyer, Rashid Ali, Naresh Iyer
The forthcoming movie of Abhishek and Aishwarya ‘Raavan’ has brought by the world-class director Mani Rathnam and music genius AR Rahman with the result of an exciting musical treat for the fans as the ‘Kata Kata’ track was shot with 500 dancers in Jhansi for the movie.
The another exiting for fans is due on April 24, when the tracks of the movie
is being released and A R Rahman, the Oscar winning music director, will perform live in Mumbai.
As sources report both the versions—Hindi and Tamil—have very sweet and melodious tracks. In fact, to add some more, A R Rahman roped in Bollywood famous singer Asha Bhosle to sing a track in the Tamil version of the movie and the track was the recent edition in the album.
Mani Rathnam has scheduled the music release on 24th April as a big occasion and actors—Abhishek and Aishwarya – have confirmed their arrival despite of being busy in film on the foreign shores. Even Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan are coming in the function to make the occasion memorable.
The movie ‘Raavan’ is a modern day Hindi and Tamil version of epic Ramayana by Mani Rathnam. In Hindi version of ‘Raavan’, Abhishek plays the character of ‘Raavan’ while Aishwarya Rai is playing the character of Sita. The role of Ram is played by the southern star Vikram. The movie ‘Raavan’ is complete and due for release soon.
Cast: Prabhas, Kajal, Shradhdha Das, Mukesh Rishi, Prabhu, Chandra Mhan, Ahuti Prasad, MS Narayana, Sivannarayana, Tulasi, Kota, Srinivas Reddy etc.
Music: GV Prakash
Fights: Peter Heins
Producer: BVSN Prasad
Release Date: 23rd Apr 2010
‘Darling’ is the word that Prabhas uses to call his close pals. That was made a title now for the movie with him in lead. Let us see how darling it is for audiences.
The movie starts with enthusiastic 1980 backdrop in black and white. The college mates disperse after farewell and they keep themselves in contact even after decades.
Prabha (Prabhas) is the son of one of those old friends (Prabhu) and Nandini (Kajal) is the daughter of another (Ahuti Prasad). They live in various places.
A lady (Shradhdha Das) loves Prabha and proposes him. But he negates. The father of that lady is a goon (Mukesh Rishi) who surrounds Prabha and his friends’ gang for negating his daughter. To escape from that goon Prabha narrates his flash back stating that he has love interest by name Nandini and he met her in Switzerland. The goon leaves him knowing that.
After a while, the old friends wish to have old friends’ reunion with families. They all meet in a village and how Prabha and Nandini meet again (?) and end up with love-union forms rest of the story. Many twists, turns and secrets will be unleashed in narration for the entertainment of audience.
Prabhas is at his best. His gait, his glow, his performance and confidence carried the movie happily.
Kajal enticed audiences with her magnetism. Shradhdha Das, although had small role, she made her presence felt.
Mukesh Rishi is ok as goon but he has lighter vein characterization.
Chandramohan, Ahuti Prasad, Prabhu, Tulasi, MS Narayana are all ok.
Sivannarayana performs comedy up to the perfection with his single dialogue ‘tinnaaaraa..!!??”. Kota has no dialogue at all in the film.
Music is bad. Background score is poor. If those were good, the movie would have scored well among audience. It is single line story but narrated in three layers. It’s all screenplay technique that which may be liked by many.
Watching this movie is not like eating an apple or banana but like chewing an orange. You need to spit the seeds and enjoy the rest. It surely entertains but lacks in consistency. It’s good in bits and pieces but cannot be declared ‘wholesome wonder’. The major asset for this movie is Prabhas who handled the audience with his great looks and confident performance. Female audiences definitely feel ectopic tintinnabulations in their heart. Action part, generally finds it difficult to get encomiums. But Peter Heins stood as top entertainer in this movie with his wonderful composition of fights.
The best parts of the movie are:
Peter Hein’s fight compositions
‘Kadupu Manta’ scene between Prabhas and Srinivas Reddy
Inka Edo song picturization
Watching Hyderabad with Switzerland snowfall
The director has rightly used the technical elements to make the movie a pleasant feel to watch. The entire movie has got elevated in picture quality due to DI and other effects. Technically on a whole, with editing, cinematography and CG stands great. But the main factor of the movie, the music, is unpleasant. RR is also very weak and failed to bring in right elevation for narration.
First half is entertaining but declares to be a fiction by interval (watch it to get clarity). Second half is on beaten track with predictable screenplay. Climax is crisp and closed on lighter note without any extraaaas.
The film has got the muscle to run in theatres for some time with summer factor and bits and pieces of entertainment.
The film has got the muscle to run in theatres for some time with summer factor and bits and pieces of entertainment.
The pretty actress was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a rare form of cancer on June 23, 2009. It’s an incurable cancer of the white blood cells known as plasma cells and had taken root in her bone marrow. She went through none of the expected notions of panic, despair or shock. Instead, she was optimistic from the word go and met it head on. She began the first batch of treatments on July 2, 2009, mere weeks after the discovery. It takes a lot of resilience to face such trying times. She battled with medication, steroids, treatments like Velcade and Revlimid, and the continuous hunger that went with the condition. Chemotherapy caused her to lose her lustrous locks but she remained unfazed, even when her bald pictures were circulated in the media.
All those efforts today now paid off. Lisa is now cured of the last traces of the disease. The Canadian-born 38-year old has said on her blog that the experience has inspired and humbled her. The optimistic stunner is now set for a new phase of life. Lisa, who has appeared in films like Kasoor and Water, will soon be seen in Cooking With Stella. She is also working on UniGlobe Entertainment's cancer docu-drama titled 1 a Minute featuring cancer survivors like Olivia Newton-John, Diahann Carroll, Melissa Etheridge and Mumtaz. The spunky lady wants to spread awareness about the lesser known form of cancer.
Apr 22, 2010
TANUSHREE DUTTA Born March 19, 1981 (1981-03-19) (age 29)(Pisces/Aries)
Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India
Years active 2004-Present
This is where Tanushree literally found herself, ended up being more confident and open enough to to participate in the Miss India pageant in 2002 and 2003. Success eluded her as she could not make it to the final group of contestants.She was not discouraged with her failures, but persisted and finally dusky She won the Femina Miss India universe title in 2004. Tanushree not only made herself eligible for the competition but was crowned Miss India, replacing Nikita Anand, at the Bandra-Kurla Complex on March 27, 2004. She was also crowned Miss Confidence and Miss Beautiful Smile.
The participating judges included Sanjay Dutt, Fardeen Khan, Bipasha Basu, Ritu Beri, Sonu Nigam, Farah Khan, Madhavan, Saif Ali Khan & Hemant Trivedi. She went to participate in Miss World and ended up amongst the 10 ten finalists.Tanushree easily got used to the limelight and of having her photos taken, so much so that at the end of her tenure as Miss India, handing over the title to Amrita Thapar, she still felt the need to continue to be popular, and this is what motivated her to join Bollywood. She is not afraid to be wear swimsuits.She has a degree in Commerce and had studied in Bombay based Brihan Maharashtrian College.This charming and tall (5'7") actress, who weighs around 55 kilos, measures 31-26-35.
Her career as an actress started with 'Chocolate' in 2006, She did her schooling from Jamshedpur and graduated from Pune University. She won the Femina Miss India 2004 competition held in Mumbai, and was placed in the top ten in the Miss Universe 2004 pageant held in Quito, Ecuador. Her first Bollywood film was in 2005. She worked on two films simultaneously Chocolate and Aashiq Banaya Apne. Her career has shown average sucess.
Year - Film - Role Notes
2005 - Aashiq Banaya Aapne - Sneha
Veerabhadra - Malathi - Telugu movie
Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets Simran "Sim" Chopra
2006 - 36 China Town cameo appearance Appeared in the song "Jab Kabhi"
Bhagam Bhag - Anjali
2007 - Risk - Shraddha
Good Boy, Bad Boy - Dinky Kapoor
Raqeeb Sophie Matthews
Dhol - Ritu Tripathi
Speed - Sanjana
2008 - Saas Bahu Aur Sensex - Nitya Sen
2009 - Rama The Saviour - Samara Post-Productio
Apartment - Preeti
2010 - Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai Jyothi - Tamil film
Rokkk - Anushka Malhotra
* Anchor for Bengali Show Hoi Hullod - 2002
Apr 21, 2010
Seen here with her husband Shirish at their reception.
Apr 19, 2010
Versatile actress Gopika and Dr.Ajilesh have been blessed with a baby girl yesterday (April 15). Both the mother and the baby are in good health. Her parents Anto Francis and Tessy Anto will be joining them soon.
Gopika married Dr.Ahilesh, who practices medicine in Ireland, on July 17, 2008. She has acted in over 40 films in different languages, out of which 9 are in Telugu. Ravi Teja starrer Naa Autograph fetched her a good name in T-town.
The baby was born in Ireland, where Gopika and Ajilesh are settled. The health of the actress and her daughter is fine, as her parents are expected to join them soon.
Hearty wishes to Gopika and her family. You can also greet the couples, submit your wishes below.
Actress Gopika and her husband Dr. Ajilesh have been blesses by a baby girl, who took on Thrusday, April 15.
Apr 17, 2010
Samantha's walk in the clouds
Samantha is the new Sam who is making waves in Tollywood and Kollywood, following the mega success of her debut film in Telugu Ye Maaya Chesave (YMC). The film, which is the Telugu version of Gautham Menon’s Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa, has turned out to be a superhit in Andhra Pradesh.
The irony of it is that Samantha, who was a top Chennai model, actually started off her filmi career with cinematographer-turned-director Ravi Varman’s debut film Moscovin Kaveri, which is yet to release, and followed it up with Pookada Ravi with Narain which got stalled. Her third Tamil film — Baana Kaathadi — will be her launch film in Kollywood as it gets ready for a May release. The pretty actress is hoping that the film, a romantic romp, will be her YMC in Tamil.
Lady Luck is finally smiling on Samantha who comes across as a very confident, charming and self-assured person. In an exclusive interview to CT, Samantha says, “I was unhappy after both my Tamil films got delayed. But all that changed overnight following the success of Ye Maaya Chesave. My life changed and I’m on cloud nine, thanks to Gautham Menon. I was called a nerd in school and college and everybody thought that I would go the academic way. Nobody, even in my family, thought in their wildest dreams that I would land up in tinsel town.”
Samantha takes heart in the fact that she got the opportunity to work with a director of repute like Gautham Menon so early in her career. Says the actress, “But for Jessie (the character she played in the film), I would not be here. I was very lucky to work with a director who knew exactly what he wanted and shaped my look and body language in the film. He has drawn out a performance from me which I didn’t think I would be capable of so early on in my career.” The film has made her the hottest star in Telugu and she’s now doing projects with superstars Mahesh Babu and NTR.
However, Samantha’s heart is in Kollywood. Born to a Malayali mother and a Telugu father, Sam lived all her life in Chennai and started her career as a model with a top textile showroom. Confesses Samantha, “I consider myself a Chennai girl and it would be a dream come true to make it big in Tamil films.” She is pinning a lot of hope on Baana Kaathadi, directed by debutant Badri Venkatesh. The film will mark the debut of Adharvaa, son of Tamil actor Murali, as hero. “It is a romantic film laced with action and suspense. I play a college girl Priya who’s doing her fashion designing course. She is a bubbly girl and meets a guy, who thinks differently, at a kite festival.”
About Tamil cinema being too glamorous for her, the simple girl with a captivating smile says, “It is the character that makes the role glamorous. Jessie and her saris have made me look elegant on screen in YMC, but if the character demands it I can transform into a glam girl.” Wrapping up the interview, we ask her what her future projects in Tamil are, expecting her to reel out the names of top heroes. However, Samantha surprises us by saying, “I have no clue; I may do a film with a director I admire and respect.”