It’s finally Ranbir
After offerring Delhi 6 to Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan and Akshay Kumar, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has finally settled on Ranbir Kapoor. One just fails to understand how a role that supposedly fit three mature young men with a body of work behind them is now being done by a rank newcomer unless a lot of rewriting of the script has been done. And while on Ranbir, his second film will be done by RK, and will be directed by his dad Rishi Kapoor.
Ken back with Tips
After a big fall out between Ken Ghosh and Ramesh Taurani of Tips, they have now patched up and Ken will soon make a film for them. The film will be a multistarrer and is expected to have Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgan in lead roles. Continue reading
Chennai box-office – (Jan 26-28 )
Pokkiri rules and is the clear number one by a mile! Its hold over the CBO is amazing. In its third weekend, the film is still drawing 95 percent! At number two this week is the multi starrer Salaam-E-Ishq, which opened in four huge screens with combined capacity of over 4500.
1. Pokkiri : Racy mass masala entertainer: Super Hit
2. Salaam-E- Ishq :
3. Guru :Too many songs, a slow second half: Hit
4.Thiruvilayadal Arambham : Super hit
VVC is leaving NO stone unturned..I must add with EKLAVYA and CHEENI KUM Bachchans future films are looking damn good!
By Taran Adarsh, February 1, 2007 – 04:37 IST
Vidhu Vinod Chopra does things in style! The film-maker has come up with a book on EKLAVYA â€“ THE ROYAL GUARD, which is a class apart and different from promotional books seen over the years. The book not only gives an insight into the characters, but also boasts of several breath-taking visuals from the film.
Thatâ€™s not all, it also enlightens the reader about the locations and sets that were built for this magnum opus, besides giving a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the film. Continue reading
An open letter to Salman Khan
By Taran Adarsh, February 1, 2007 – 02:10 IST
This is addressed to Salman Khan, one person I am genuinely fond of. Read it as an â€˜Open Letterâ€™ addressed to Mr. Khan.
Almost two months ago, in a heart-to-heart conversation with you in Malaysia, I categorically told you that you posses all the qualities to give a run for the money to your contemporaries, provided you get a little more serious about your career. You smiled at my observation. I even asked you the reason for not promoting JAAN-E-MANN as aggressively as SRK promoted DON [released on the same date]. Your answer didnâ€™t satisfy me!
The next day, I was told that my conversation rang a bell. You were disturbed with my point-blank questions since it mirrored the truth. You even told a common friend that you respected my concern for you. Thanks! Continue reading
Posted online: Friday, January 26, 2007 at 0000 hours IST
His Manik Dasgupta has obvious similarities with Ramnath Goenka but thatâ€™s not the only reason heâ€™s caught the eye in Mani Ratnamâ€™s Guru. Everyone whoâ€™s caught the film has come away raving about Mithunâ€™s subtly-nuanced performance that is a far cry from the exaggerated comic act in the just-released bangla film Hungama. Dada explains why heâ€™s decided to be the â€œ superstar heroâ€ in his home state and the scene-stealer in Hindi films
Youâ€™ve certainly caught the eye in Guru?
Yeah, Iâ€™ve been getting a lot of applause, both from the media as well as the public. Thereâ€™ve been so many SMSs…It feels great. And I give full credit to Mani Ratnam whoâ€™s an actorâ€™s director.
Your character, Manik Dasgupta was obviously inspired by Ramnath Goenka, the founder-Chairman of The Indain Express Group.
(With a laugh) I cannot hear…I cannot see…I cannot speak. I only played a character conceived by Mani Ratnam.
Does this mean you donâ€™t empathise with the character?
I stand by his values…his social consciousness. Unless you believe in a character you can never make him believable. Continue reading
Saif teams up with the ‘Gadarâ€™ director
The actor believes that it would be interesting to work with the â€˜Gadarâ€™ director
This seems to be the most unlikely coupling in the history of mainstream cinema. Saif Ali Khan has decided to work with Anil Sharma. Anil has in the past made savage masala products with the Deolsâ€”Sunny, Bobby and Dharmendra â€”throughout the 1980s. â€œYes Iâ€™ve been approached. Iâ€™m looking at the script.
Remember, this is the man who made â€˜Gadarâ€™. It would be interesting to do this kind of cinema. If I decide to do it, Iâ€™d be fully into it,â€ said Saif before leaving for a holiday to Maldives with his family. Continue reading
Film Criticsâ€™ Award for Mammootty, Padmapriya
IndiaGlitz [Tuesday, January 30, 2007]
The Atlas – Film Critics’ Award for the best feature film in Malayalam for the year 2006, has been won by Karutha Pakshikal, directed by Kamal, who has also been selected as the best film director of the year. The film bagged seven awards in different sections.
Malayalam superstar Mammootty was named best actor at the Atlas Film Critics Awards here for his poignant performances in Kaiyoppu and Karutha Pakshigal. And Padmapriya was named, the best actress, for her roles in Yes Your Honour and Karutha Pakshikal.
Karutha Pakshigal, in which Mammootty plays a Tamil migrant worker eking out a living by ironing clothes, went on to bag six more awards. . Continue reading
Sreenivasan to direct Mohanlal
IndiaGlitz [Wednesday, January 31, 2007]
Mohanlal has earlier acted in a number of films written by Sreenivasan.
The films in the early eighties from Sanmanasulavarkku Samadanam to the recent Udayananu Tharam have showcased Mohanlalâ€™s varied talents as an actor and have helped to build and maintain his stardom in various points of his career. Sreenivasan has also acted in almost all of these films with Lal which has made them the favorite pair of all times.
But when Sreenivasan started directing films, none of his films featured Lal. Continue reading
Hariharanâ€™s Magnum Opus
By Moviebuzz | Wednesday, 31 January , 2007, 16:44
After 18 years, the classic trio- M.T. Vasudevan Nair the greatest living writer in Malayalam, Hariharan the master craftsman and Mammootty one of the finest actors in the country are together again to make a historical Pazhassi Raja. Rememeber that the last time they came together to create magic with Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha (1989).
The shoot of the film on Pazhassi Raja will begin in Palakkad in March. Mammootty plays the title role of a braveheart who fought the British in the jungles of Wayanad in the 1790â€™s. The producer of this big budget film is Gokulam Gopalan and the budget is Rs 6 to Rs 8 Crore, making it the costliest film ever in Malayalam.
Says Hariharan : â€œWe had first toyed with the idea of a film on Payyampalli Chanthu, a warrior, and then we thought of making a film on Thalakkal Chanthu, Pazhassi Raja’s lieutenant, as the hero. But eventually we realized that it was the story of Pazhassi himself that needed to be told, in a new light. In this film, we would be focussing on his valiant fight against the British.â€ The veteran director says he was attracted to Pazhassi’s story because it was also the story of one of the first voices to be raised against British rule in India. Continue reading
Head strong, Mr B?
Amitabh Bachchan’s turban protected him from a camel’s kick on the sets of Eklavya
A close shave…beard nothwithstanding: Amitabh Bachchan on the sets of Eklavya Continue reading