Thursday, November 12, 2009

Beyond The Beyond Just another WordPress weblog The Real Preity Zinta

*Bollywood actress, minor sports mogul and sometime human-rights campaigner Preity Zinta has discovered Twitter.

*This woman is so searingly intelligent that she is currently in Harvard taking a business-school course in mergers, acquisitions and negotiations. Why an actress would want to suffer in this odd way is a little beyond me — presumably it has something to do with the fortunes of her cricket team. Because she owns one.

*The other thing I don’t get about Preity Zinta is that she somehow thinks that Bollywood-beat gossip writers should be factual reporters. Anyone who’s ever glanced at a Bollywood publication knows that this idea is like pushing a rope uphill. Nothing about Bollywood is factual. The ticket receipts, the attendance records, the financing system, the crores of rupees paid to #1 actresses, they’re all completely opaque and/or invented out of whole cloth.

*Furthermore, the business about which glitzy actress is having an affair with whatever guy — they were seen getting out of a limo together, they were spotted sharing a malted ghee milkshake at Pop’s Chocolate Shop — no sane human being would take that tittle-tattle seriously for a nanosecond. It’s all hokum. Anybody who knows anything about Bollywood knows it’s all about feudal family arrangements. It’s about the starkly necessary business of multigenerational filmi clans having star children. The swoony romance stuff is all there to sell tickets to rubes somewhere in deepest darkest Andhra Pradesh.

*Preity Zinta, who is not a star-child from a filmi clan but a former psychology-major who can actually act, dance, and probably even sing (Bollywood song tracks are dubbed, so there’s no telling), has been in the film business for ten long years. She’s a huge professional success. And yet she doesn’t seem to comprehend her situation at all — in her world, there’s an imaginary Bollywood press corps where they write respectful, factual articles about her charity work. How would that even be possible?

*There’s something endearing about it. Her endless feuds with the jackals of the press corps have a kind of Gandhian unworldliness. It’s like she plans to wear them into submission through the process of dripping her integrity on them. It’s sort of amazing.

*Then Preity Zinta discovered Twitter. Of course there was a fake Preity Zinta on Twitter who had 140,000 followers, convincing the gullible that he was Preity through the simple stunt of quoting things she said in tabloid interviews. So Preity fell on this malefactor like an anvil, and she had him beaten off the premises of Twitter with a broomstick, but now she’s got her own Twitter outlet. She is visibly trying to figure it out. Judging by her typos, she’s got a Blackberry.

*Mostly she blows kisses at her fans, but she also factually describes the daily life of Preity Zinta. That part is super weird. It’s phantasmal. Preity’s 140-character diary is much more odd and entertaining than the imaginary sequin-spangled life that people imagine entertainers lead. No, it’s all about the life of an ethically rigid, burningly ambitious, relentlessly upbeat, obviously lonely Type A Indian overachiever who lives out of her suitcase and sleeps maybe six hours a night. Preity’s Twitter stream is a confessional orgy. I don’t think Preity’s best friends in Bollywood have ever been this close to Preity.

*Various pandits have been blogging from Bollywood for some time now — Amitabh Bachchan’s blog is very dignified and interesting, it’s mostly about ethics and philosophy — but Twitter has opened Bollywood up like a zipper. There’s Karan Johar, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Mallika Sherawat (in Los Angeles, no less), but nobody in the booming Bollywood Twitter scene beats Preity.

*I’m quite the fan of media-convergence, but I’ve never seen a phenomenon like this. Following Preity Zinta’s Twitter stream is like having Preity crash on your couch. You want to pat her on the head and feed her a buttered chapatti. It’s beyond any fan-star relationship. It’s some new form of global sociality.

*Take it away, Miss Zinta:


Ok no more silly tweets :-) have a big Merger and Acquisition assignment tomorrow so i have to prepare now …. need to focus on positives.

@vahishta He wrote the completely FABRICATED and FALSE story about me and somebody called Vikram Chatwal and till now i have to deny it. :-(

@puredesiness he does not need to see me to write rubbish ! Thats my point…. thats what yellow journalism is all about !

Sorry guys i am getting carried away !The power of the pen can make you lose perspective and write any thing you feel like ! ((((<—– yup))))

I am scared to talk to a guy, forget sitting next to one. If Parag from Mumbai Mirror sees me he will write i am having an affair with him !

Journalists who are using my tweets to write articles pls pay me 3000 rupees. One poor child can be educated for a year ! No more free bees ! ((($64.42? What’s the address, Miss Zinta?)))

Guys i am not leaving films and nor are films leaving me ! Shootings will start in Feb and i will be all over the place i promise….

@rahul1701 No days off for me. Did a virtual climb (Mt. Everest Simulation) with a team of 5 people today and came 1st…. yippie ! Amazing ! (((Boy, I’ll say. What the hell is she doing inside a virtual simulation of Mount Everest?)))

For all the people who love me, I love you too ! For all those who have nothing nice to say about me…. well nobody’s perfect !ha ha ha !

@rameshnswamy I follow my heart ! People will always find fault and be negative, one has to look within for inspiration :-)

People blend better than Governments! My class is full of wonderful people frm all over the world and i am learning so much frm all of them. (((She’s taking a business class in the Yale Business School as she writes this. I wonder if any of her classmates are tweeting the goings-on.)))

In am having such a good time here. No one judges me here or asks me stupid questions and there are no pretensions :-) Finally I breathe ! (((Can you imagine finding existential freedom in a Yale business class? That’s normally one of the most stifling environments imaginable.)))

Someone from class asked if i could show them some bollywood moves… i said “small crowds give me stage fright!” ha ha ha !

@yashduggal Because it is the no.1 business school in the world ;-) !

Thankyou to all my fans for ur love and encouragement! Sorry if i cannot reply this week…Pls understand i am going crazy doing homework !

My day starts at 5am and finishes at 11:30pm ! Its a lot of hard work but i sleep with a smile. My class has top CEO’s, Bankers, Lawyers etc..

Being is school is like being a bird in the sky ! I feel so proud to be an Indian ! Most of the professors and students are Indian here ! :-)

Just finished with class and a group discussion, I feel like i am reborn.There is always scope to learn and invite new experiences in life !

Doing a course in Negotiations and The Deal Process !

good night everyone ! I need to work hard otherwise i will be seen as a dumb actress …. and that cannot happen so wish me luck ! muaah !

Stepped into the Harvard campus with the biggest smile ! Saw my course and homework and got a heart attack ! Now i am the official book worm!

Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years, people grow old by deserting their ideals… Samuel Ullman.

@shubhas Have you seen the way photographers attack you when they see you ! Poor Amisha was caught in the line of fire ! Its so sad ! (((That would be actress Amisha Patel, presumably.)))

@gijuthomas82 Tell me who else would have the guts to take it easy with films and start something new with cricket ? I like to take chances! (((Paul Newman and his obsession with race-cars comes to mind. Actually, a lot of rich actors take up weird hobbies — Roy Rogers used to sell fast food.)))

@peace_kudos Yellow journalism is when the journalist writes by hearing chinese whispers rumour as opposed to facts. News should be true !

@19abby They colonised us for years …….. This is our way of saying we can come there whenever we want too !!!! ha ha ha !!!! (((You go deshi girl.)))

All the best India ! Men in blue better rock tonight !!! There is nothing like WINNING !!!! Nov 8th from web

@pratikjammy87 of course i am real !!!!!!!!

@saurabhtrue I Dislike Yellow Journalism! In India any one can write anything and as actors we can do nothing !

My Motto in life………….. Yesterday is the past, Tomorrow is the future, Today is a gift…. Thats why we call it the “PRESENT ! ”

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Kamal to chair international meet

Kamal Haasan sets the path, once again. The ‘Universal Hero’ will chair an international ‘Media and Entertainment Business Conclave’, orgainised by the entertainment division of FICCI in Chennai.

The two-day conclave, beginning on November 18, seeks to present a comprehensive report on southern entertainment industry and expose delegates to the global developments, trends and opportunities in the entertainment industry.

“International film industry is keen on joint ventures with us and there will be a sizable presence of global players as well. The aim of the conclave is to identify and seek redressal of issues facing the entertainment and performing arts industry,” Kamal Haasan said.

“A wide range of issues will be discussed with leading actors, technicians and other media personalities. The meet will provide a forum to take up regulatory issues with the State and Central governments,” he said.

The event to be inaugurated by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi will see over 500 participants, including Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni and other Central and State Ministers.

“It is a conclave to bring different Indian States and their entertainment industries together. South Indian film industry has a dominance over others in terms of the number of films produced. But, it is not adequately represented yet. This conclave will shift the focus of the world to south Indian films,” Kamal said.

He added: “It is the first step towards networking global film industries and this will be held subsequently in other southern States.” Media advisor to FICCI P Murari and others were present.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Prabhu Deva recommends Nayan for all his directorials?

Actor-choreographer-director Prabhu Deva and actress Nayanthara were rumored to be dating. But it looks like they have gone far ahead unable to be stopped by anyone. It is heard that the duo have planned to get married soon after Prabhu Deva’s next film.

Recently, the choreographer has started recommending Nayanthara for all his directorials. Some sources say that Prabhu Deva wanted to pair up Nayanthara with Salman Khan in the Wanted sequel. Regrettably, the macho refused pairing up with Nayanthara as he prefers Asin for the film.

Similarly, Prabhu directing ‘Jayam’ Ravi for a film produced by AGS Entertainment was announced recently. But then, as he recommended Nayanthara for the film, Ravi requested Prabhu that he’s assertive towards any actresses he prefers except Nayan. Prabhu Deva had apparently stated that he will back off from the project unless Nayan isn’t given the role.

Well, now ‘Jayam’ Ravi is getting more offers after the Peranmai success.

Kamal Haasan turns 55, Fans wish him Happy Birthday!

The legendary Kamal Haasan turns 55 today. Millions of his fans worldwide have wished him HAPPY BIRTHDAY and paid a tribute his outstanding contribution to Indian Cinema during the last 50 years. At the age of 55, Kamal Haasan completed 50 years in Indian Cinema. He had made his debut as a 5-year-old Child Actor in 1959 movie, "Kalathur Kannamma".

Kamal Haasan shot into fame as a child artist. He won the "National Film Award for Best Child Artist: in his debut film "Kalathur Kannamma". He acted with veteran Tamil Actor Gemini Ganesan in that movie. He also acted in several other Tamil films as a child actor with Sivaji Ganesanand M. G. Ramachandran.

Kamal Haasan's journey continued after that and he started acting in 1972 in some movies as a supporting actor. The period 1970-1980 was the most successful period of Kamal Haasan's life, as he gave smashing hits in Tamil, Malayalamand Hindi.

Kamal Haasan later established himself as an Actor, Script Writer, Producer, Director, Lyricist, Playback Singer and Choreographer. He also owns the production company, Rajkamal International.

Kamal Haasan won several awards and honours, including National Film Award and Filmfare Award. He has been a role model for millions of fans worldwide. There is not such act, which Kamal Haasan cannot do. He is the master of all. His contribution to theIndian Cinema will be remembered forever. Let's wish him a very very Happy Birthday and pray for his long life!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Rambas BMW becomes the talk of the town

Ramba, the actress with thunder thighs is now a proud owner of a BMW latest model which is said to be a worth of Rs 1.53 crores.

The actress has gained this gift from one of her endorsement company owners and is said to be on cloud 9 these days.

With the international recognition gained by her from her latest release “Quickgun Murugan”, Ramba has gained limelight in the international arena. Magicwoods which is an international recognized home ware Canadian company, has signed her for a high quote and as a token of respect has presented her with a BMW car.

But south Indian cinema industry is buzzing with the news that Ramba has gained the gift from her secret boyfriend who is said to be a millionaire in Canada.

Is this true Ramba?

Actor Dhanush in Lord Muruga based remake movie

Dhanush is all set to turn into Lord Muruga ! We are talking about his next film to be directed by Subramaniyam Shiva who gave him that super hit Thiruda Thirudi, in which he will play a cameo.

The untitled film produced by R Mohan (the man who first introduced mosquito mats under the brand name Good Knight in India), is a remake of the off beat Malayalam super hit Nandanam written and directed by Ranjith. It was the debut film of Prithviraj and Navya Nair, a beautiful love story and showed the power of a devotee of Lord Krishna of Guruvayur.

In the Tamil version Prithviraj will do what he did in the original and Nadodigal girl Ananya will play a devotee of Lord Muruga. It is the only change that writer Viji who is doing the script is making to suit the Tamil Nadu nativity, as Lord Muruga is a very popular deity in the state.The shoot of this film will start in Palani from the third week of November.

Priyamani excited about Puneet's Raam

Actress Priyamani (Priya mani), who entered Sandalwood through the Puneet Rajkumar starrer movie Raam, has bagged another offer in Kannada even before the release of her first film. The actress will be seen alongside Golden star Ganesh in his untitled Kannada film, which is a remake of Vijay-Jothika's Tamil film Kushi.

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Priya's second Kannada film will be produced by Chandrashekar and directed by Mussanje Maathu fame Mahesh. Earlier, the actress had many opportunities to star opposite Ganesh. But she could not accept them due to some reason. Now, Jothika’s character in the original has prompted her to accept the role.

The South Indian actress, who is all excited to work with Ganesh, is eagerly waiting for the release of her first Kannada film Raam. "Once Raam releases, people will know who I am. I won’t even be able to ask auto drivers to drop me home because then they’ll know where I live,” Times of India quotes her saying.

Priyamani knows five languages - Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi. And she is known as 'pancha baashe taare' for she has acted in all these languages. However, she is disappointed over not dubbing herself for Raam, despite knowing Kannada.

Presently, the actress is shooting for the Telugu film Pravarakhyudu. She has already completed the shooting of her debut Bollywood film Raavan, which is directed by Mani Ratnam. She is now hoping that this movie would be her stepping stone
for Bollywood. She says, "I’ll know where I stand in Bollywood after Raavan’s release. If it works out, fine. Otherwise, I’m as happy working in the south."

Amitabh honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award

Mumbai, (ANI): Cine icon Amitabh Bachchan was felicitated with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 11th Mumbai Film Festival on Thursday for completing 40 years in the film industry. The festival, which concluded on Thursday, hosted over 200 films from 56 countries.

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White Lightnin' directed by Dominic Murphy was adjudged the best film
at the festival. The annual event's budget was boosted with 40 million rupees from Reliance Big Entertainment, a division of the Reliance ADA Group.

Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos was also honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award. Fellow actor Dev Anand's production house
Navketan films, was also felicitated for completing 60 years in the film industry.

Speaking to media persons on receiving the award, an excited Bachchan shared the award with his colleagues of the film industry.

"No person can rise in his talent without others support, especially in this industry. Unless you have the support of others, you are nowhere. So, I would like to congratulate everybody of the film industry, who supported me from director to music director
, assistant, spot boy, all my leading ladies and all my leading men that I had the good fortune to work with, because of whom I was able to spend so many years in the industry," said Bachchan.

He also thanked the people of India for their unconditional support and love.

"I do want to thank primarily the people of my country for giving me their love, their support, their affection and their prayers on many an occasion, trial and tribulation that I have gone through and I truly feel very, very humble in their presence. May they continue to like what we do and hopefully the few years that are left in my career, may they continue to enjoy what we do," Bachchan added.

Actress Preity Zinta described Bachchan as a 'wonderful actor'.

"There is nothing you can say about Mr Bachchan because he has been acting before I was born and he is a wonderful actor. You always get to learn with him," said Zinta.

Born on October 11, 1942, Amitabh Bachchan first gained popularity in the early 1970s as the 'angry young man' of Bollywood, and has since become one of the most prominent figures in the history of Indian cinema.

He has won numerous major awards including three National Film Awards and twelve Filmfare Awards. He holds the record for most number of Best Actor nominations at the Filmfare Awards.

He is married to actor Jaya Bahaduri and they have two children Shweta Nanda and Abhishek Bachchan.

Suriya's ‘no’ to Sinhala director

CHENNAI / COLOMBO: Kollywood actor Suriya on Thursday denied that he has been roped in to act, along with south Indian actress Simran, in a film directed by a Sinhalese, Suresh Kumarasinghe, and said that he had no idea that he was acting in any Sinhala movie.

“I am doing films only in Tamil and Hindi,” he told Express and that he had not been approached by any Sinhala filmmaker.

He said these days he was shooting only for Tamil film ‘Singam’ by director Hari.

In his statement, issued after Sri Lankan Tamil Protection Movement coordinator Pazha Nedumaran made an appeal to the actor to “reconsider” as the people of Tamil Nadu were “shocked” , Suriya said he, too, was “shocked”.

He said the news emanating from Colombo was wrong and gave a list of projects that he has been signed up for including a Hindi film by Ram Gopal Varma plus a film to be directed by A R Murugadoss.

But talking to Express in Colombo, Kumarasinghe said all plans were afoot for Suriya to act in the film and that Indian film director Balu Prakash was to come to Sri Lanka on November 5/6, but that he has postponed the visit to November 12 because there “might be some political problems”.

Kumarasinghe said if Suriya backed out, they would be on the lookout for another actor. Actress Simran, who was also named by the Sinhala director, quoted in the report, however, was not “reachable”.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Is Gopika pregnant?

When noted South Indian actress Gopika (who married Dr. Ajilesh in July 2008), was seen during July 2009 with convex shape (indicating "baby bump" or pregnancy) rumour mills started "confirming" that she is pregnant. When asked for confirmation at that time, Gopika laughingly revealed that it was a get up for her forthcoming Malayalam flick Swantham Lekhakan (Swa Le),in which she plays a pregnant woman.

Coincidentally, other reports indicate that the actress and her husband are really planning to become parents. In a recent interview during Kerala Piravi, Gopika had stated that the couple plan to start a family soon. Gopika also reportedly told her dad Anto Francis the happy news that he will be a grandfather soon. Confirmation is awaited.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Trisha taking her bollywood debut seriously

South Indian actress Trisha is all set to begin shooting for her Bollywood debut Khatta Meetha. She recently returned from New York to Chennai to meet her family before the shoot starts. She was shooting with Simbu for Gautham Menon’s Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaaya. The actress is now back to Mumbai for Priyadarshan’s film.

Though Trisha has not dubbed for her Tamil and Telugu films, she floored Akshay Kumar when she was able to converse with him in fluent Hindi. Looks like she is taking her debut very seriously and is preparing to dub for her Hindi films.

Himesh's 'Radio' a hit before release!

Himesh Reshammiya's 'Karzzzz' had released on 17th October 2008. Exactly a year later Himesh Reshammiya can be seen promoting his next film as an actor, composer and singer- 'Radio'. There is a difference in excitement this time around though. In case of 'Karzzzz', he was riding high on the success of his debut flick 'Aap Kaa Surroor- The Moviee' (2007) which had turned out to be an unexpected success. It had seemed that Reshammiya had truly arrived as Bollywood's complete entertainer. Naturally, everyone associated with 'Karzzzz' was 200 percent sure that they had a winner in hands.

However, this was not the case to be as the film turned out to be a major box office disappointment. Released on a huge print count at thousands of shows a day, the film saw poor percentage occupancy. Word of mouth spread fast that the film had failed to attract audiences and even though in absolute terms, the film did bring in its crores, it was the theory of relativity that played spoilsport. The film was labelled flop even before the opening weekend came to a close. Result? The film didn't even reach its audiences which relied on word of mouth as well as trade perception.

Circa 2009 and Himesh Reshammiya and Co. have smartened up. This is the reason why the excitement is on a much different scale this time around as it's a month to go before the release of 'Radio'. It's not that the crores which are doing the talking this time around; it's the entire tagging of a 'hit' status much before the release of the film which is giving everyone associated with 'Radio' a feeling of comfort.

In 'Karzzzz', it was an anticipation of a huge box office run that kept the excitement going for its makers. In case of 'Radio', it's the recovery in investment on the table that has kept the makers happy and made them look forward to whatever additional revenue that comes in from the theatrical run.

The deal is as simple as this. The film has been made on a limited budget of 6 crores and this paltry amount had already been recovered from the satellite, home video and music rights. The man at the hot seat, Himesh Reshammiya, has played a smart game of extending his status as a Bollywood leading man. He has even drastically reduced his price as an actor, composer and singer and instead chosen a model where he would be getting a massive part of his remuneration from the profits that 'Radio' could end up making.

If one thought that Himesh would be shying away from admitting to his new game plan then that is not the case. Quite forthcoming about his newfound strategy, he lets the businessman in him come on the forefront as he shares details around the making of 'Radio' and how it could well pave the way for many more films to turn into successful ventures at the box office.

"It's true that the makers have already recovered the entire investment even before the first copy of 'Radio' is yet to be out. We haven't mounted 'Radio' on a huge scale. The demand of the subject is such that it could be made in a controlled budget and yet be given the kind of look and treatment that it deserved. The film has been wrapped up in 6 crores flat. Moreover, that money has already come from all non-theatrical rights like satellite, music and home video. Now whatever the makers get from theatrical revenue, whether from India or overseas would be plain bonus. This makes 'Radio' as a successful venture already. It is now to be seen whether it reaches a 'super hit' or beyond status once it releases this December", says Himesh Reshammiya who certainly has an air of confidence around him as he shares details around the economics of this film directed by Isshaan Trivedi.

Starring Shenaz Treasurywala and Sonal Sehgal as the leading ladies, 'Radio' is all set for a 3rd December release.

Asin opts out of Ashutosh Gowarikar's film

South Indian actress Asin Thottumkal's journey in Bollywood has been a roller-coaster ride so far. She had a dream start in Bollywood with Ghajini but her second release London Dreams is likely to go down the drains if we are to go by the latest box-office collections. She seems to be extra careful now, as she has turned down Ashutosh Gowarikar’s film.

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It is said that Asin has opted out of Khelenge Hum Jee Jaan Se citing date problems. She is said to be not happy with her role in this film by popular director Ashutosh Gowarikar. She was supposed to act with Abhishek Bachchan in the film.

It is said that Asin wanted to work with Ashutosh but was disappointed on hearing the script. She doesn't want to take anymore chances following the lukewarm response to her latest release London Dreams. It maybe recalled that Ashutosh's last release What's Your Raashee? also failed terribly at the box-office.

Well, Asin seems to have turned very choosy!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Wishing Shahrukh Khan a Very Happy Birthday

Bollywood’s Badshah Shahrukh Khan turns 44 today, he was born on November 2, 1965. He is an Indian actor, film shahrukhproducer and television host.

He is married to Gauri Chibber.They have two children, son Aryan and daughter Suhana.

Shahrukh started his Carrier as a television actor. His debut film was Deewana, it was a hit. He has given many hits movies like Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Chak De India (2007), Om Shanti Om (2007) , Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008),Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), Veer-Zaara (2004) and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006).

He has won thirteen Filmfare Awards, and was also honoured with the Padma Shri. He was also honoured with an honorary doctorate in arts and culture from Britain’s University of Bedfordshire.

M.K.Thyagaraja Bhagavathar Birth Centenary Observed in Durban, South Africa

Phoenix-based Cultural trail-blazers Deepam Productions hosted a tribute to M.K.Thyagaraja Bhagavathar on Sunday, 01 November 2009 to mark the Birth Centenary of the talented actor and singer who became Tamil cinema’s first superstar.

An enthusiastic crowd attended the impressive programme at the University Hindu Centre on the Westville Campus of the University of Kwazulu-Natal. Veteran musician and recording artist Madhavan Nair led the impressive ensemble, supported by vocalists Kumaran Raman, Asogan Moodley, Abheran Moodley and Selven Moorthy backed by musicians Kumaran Moodley, George Naicker, Ravi Manickam, George Govinden, Kalayvan Moodley, Soma Pillay and Bharatha Natyam dancers from Natya Kalanjali.

The FREE show compered by the multi-talented Tamil scholar Samalan Sarugaser featured talks by playwright Ronnie Govender and newspaper columnist Devan Nair.

Old favourites like Krishna Mukundha Murare, Dheena Karunagarane, Maname Nee and Manmadha Leelaiyil delighted the audience in a programme that lasted more than 2 hours.


Most fans of Tamil films know only the recent development and innovations in film music. When Kalidas, the first Tamil talkie, was released in 1931 it heralded a new era in the Indian entertainment industry, an era in which dialogue was complemented by songs.

Although many lauded and celebrated the introduction of films with sound and the mellifluous music that became their hallmark, there was a strong and vociferous group that were highly critical of what they termed the corruption of Carnatic music.

To many of the Vidhwans, what the film music composers were doing to music was akin to blasphemy.

What the blossoming Tamil cinema desperately needed at that point was something or someone to bridge the ever-widening gap between Carnatic music and film music. The person who bridged this gap and elevated film music was M.K.Thyagaraja Bhagavathar.

His songs were firm favourites of many subsequent singers, T.M.Sounderarajan heading this list. TMS used to sing MKTs songs and loved them to such an extent that, given the first opportunity, TMS persuaded music composer G.Ramanathan to use the song Radhe Unakku Kobam Aagaathadi for the film Kulamagall Raadhai.

Years later when the great MGR used to go on outdoor shooting trips, he would only listen to songs by MKT. In his early days of cinema, MGR co-starred with MKT in the 1941 film Ashokkumar.

MKT transformed Tamil cinema and redefined film music and became the fledgling industry’s first superstar. He was also the first and only Tamil superstar to achieve cinematic fame by his rendition of Carnatic music.

He was born on 3 January 1909 as Thyagarajan in the district of Mayavaram to his parents, Krishnamurthy and Manikaathammal. As a young boy, Mayavaram Krishnamurthy Thyagarajan showed little interest in studies but a keen interest in spiritual hymns like the Thevaram and Thiruvasagam.

Thyagarajan also was a fan of the stage artist S.G.Kittappa and used to sing his songs – something that his father was not at all happy with. This was because stage artists at that time were seen as immoral and unworthy of respect.

Not finding encouragement, the young Thyagarajan left home without the knowledge of his parents. When his father traced him to Kuddapah, he found that Thyagarajan’s singing attracted scores of people wherever he went.

After much persuasion Krishnamurthy allowed his son to join Mr Nadesa Iyer’s drama troupe as an actor. Thyagarajan gained fame as an actor through his first stage play, Harichandhra and word of the child prodigy spread far and wide. Thyagarajan was only 10 at the time.

Soon thereafter Carnatic Guru Madurai Ponnu Iyengar took him in to teach him the finer nuances of Carnatic music. Six years later Iyengar wanted Thayagarajan to sing solo in a concert and had to do a great deal of persuasion on his former protégé, mirdhangam player Dhakshinamurthy Pillai to play the mirdhangam. Dhakshinamurthy initially refused and eventually reluctantly agreed only because it was at the request of his respected Guru. Dhakshinamurthy was so impressed by the youngster’s voice that, in his speech after the concert, declared that the young Thyagarajan had been blessed by Lord Murugan himself. Dhakshinamurthy then hailed Thyagarajan as Thyagaraja Bhagavathar.

Thyagaraja Bhagavathar made his stage debut as a lead star in the play Pavallakodi which was produced in 1926. Not confined to any particular drama group

Thyagaraja Bhagavathar’s fame rose rapidly as he was invited to all the major towns within the Madras Presidency (Present-day Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh)

In 1934, MKT made his film debut in Pavallakodi - the film version of his hit play. More than the story or his acting, his rendition of the songs which took Carnatic music to the masses made the film a huge hit and MKT a cult-like figure. Pavallakodi had a total of 50 songs, 22 of which were sung by MKT. People flocked to the cinemas to see his charismatic face and the beautiful rendition of the songs.

MKT often used the same Ragam to convey opposing moods, the most famous of these is the use of the Sindhu Bhairavi Ragam in its perky mood in the song Vadhaname Chandhra Bimbamo to the soul-stirring Bhoomiyil Maanida in a sad mood. Even the harshest critics of film music had to concede that MKT was nothing less than a musical genius.

MKT also amazed Vidhwans with his use of the Charukesi Ragam, a Ragam so complex and difficult and rare that even Saint Thyagaraja had only composed one song in this Raagam. MKT immortalised this Ragam with the song Manmatha Leelai, paving the way for later songs to be composed in this Ragam.

In only 9 films, MKT became an unrivalled star, a career that was rudely halted when he and his friend N.S.Krishnan were framed for murder and jailed for 30 months.

The film fans were saddened and stunned and it took a lot of lobbying to have the two of them released. During his time in prison MKT was saddened by the fact that producers and directors did not bother about him. Those who did contact him only did so to demand the advance amounts they had paid him.

Ironically, during his period of incarceration, his Haridas which released in 1944 ran for three consecutive years through 3 Deepavalis.

On his release MKT found that the film industry had changed rapidly. The industry was under the influence of the atheistic DMK movement and the focus of films had already changed from a religious and moral focus to a focus on social issues.

Shunning the producers who came back to him, Thyagarajan turned producer but was unable to recreate the magic he had enjoyed before his imprisonment.

Having always shown a great reverence for religion and spirituality, MKT’s last days had a strong focus on religion. He undertook many pilgrimages and performed many concerts free of charge for charitable and religious organisations. From 1955 onwards, he visited every major Temple of shrine in South India.

When MKT began to lose his eyesight, he stayed at the Samayapuram Marieamman Temple and sang the Mother’s praise. The then President of the Nadigar Sangam, S.S.Rajendran, offered to take him to Chennai and pay for treatment there but MKT politely refused, saying that the the Mother Marieamman would take care of him.

During the last days of his life, he was suffering from severe hypertension and acute diabetes. Just 10 days before his death, he performed at a concert and delivered the same stunning range he had always done.

With his condition rapidly deteriorating, MKT was admitted to a Chennai hospital on 22 October 1959 but on the afternoon of 1 November 1959, he passed away.

His passing away was a huge loss to his family, his fans and the music world. Sadly, he was never given the recognition he deserved when he was alive and, equally sadly, there were few who then appreciated his contribution to Carnatic Music.

Today, 50 years after his death and more than 100 years after his birth, MKT is still with us through his immortal music that continues to delight music lovers the world over.

Hrithik Roshan’S Guzarish To Dubbed In Tamil||

For those, who expected this hunk to flaunt his muscles in ‘Guzarish’, it’s going to be a big disappointment. Unlike his previous films, Hrithik Roshan will spotting a new look with thick-beard for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Guzarish’. Well, the actor has been really putting himself into vivid tasks of performing his role of a physically challenged man. Indeed, he’s spotted moving around with wheelchair for the sole purpose of getting acquainted with this character he enacts.Sanjay Leela Bhansali is pretty sure about turning this film into a big success. According to the sources, he happens to be the first person on the sets and leaves. Even Aishwarya Rai is reported to have got a meaty role to play as her vitality was showcased in films like ‘Raincoat’, ‘Guru’ and ‘Jodha Akbar’.Now the latest buzz we hear is that Sanjay Leela Bhansali is planning to release the film simultaneously in almost all the regional languages: including Telugu and Tamil. It’s worth mentioning that his previous films: ‘Devdas’, ‘Black’ had received great welcome herein Tamil Nadu. As well Hrithik’s ‘Krish’, ‘Dhoom-2’ and other films were released in Tamil and did good business.

He is a competent actor: Amitabh Bachchan

Mumbai: For decades, Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan have been the biggest entertainers of the Indian film industry as both enjoy envious popularity not only in India, but across the globe. On SRK's 44th birthday, the iconic Amitabh Bachchan, who has seen SRK's rise to stardom and his attainment of the larger than life King Khan stature, agreed to share his experiences of working with the energetic actor.
"I have told him on many an occasion that I liked him immensely in Swades and in portions of Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna. In the former, it was his effortless ease that was impressive; in the latter, the competence with which he was able to bring positivity to an otherwise somewhat negative character," Big B told DNA in an exclusive interview about SRK, his co-star in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Mohabbatein, and Bhoothnath.

"Everyone who has worked with me is special for me -- and for the project that I work in. Shah Rukh and I have worked on several projects together and he, like all others, has been special in them. It would be wrong of me to put one up against another. There is a relaxed intensity about him on set. He is well prepared, as all should be, and a considerate colleague."

And what does the legend think is SRK's biggest strength? "His biggest strength is that he is a competent actor. With that as your basic quality, it is not difficult to overcome any challenge that may come to test him," he adds.

Amitabh himself has entertained generations for over 40 years now, a career span that has seen close to 180 movies. Ask him if he has any advice for SRK, who is set to complete 20 years in Bollywood, and Bachchan says, "I am least qualified to give any advice. What he is doing now is sufficient to sustain him and his career, since he already has accomplished the feat, if it can be called that, of entertaining generations."

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Wish Aishwarya a very happy birthday as she turns 36 today!

The most celebrated Indian beauty, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, is celebrating her 36th birthday today. She was born on 1 November 1973. Ash, whose fan base is not just restricted to India, was crowned Miss World fifteen years back, but the actress still continues to be one of the most distinguished Bollywood brand ever.

Although throughout her filmy journey, Ash has bagged numerous awards for her contribution to Indian and international cinema, most recently she was honoured by the People’s Magazine. The mag has brought out a special biography on Ash, and has covered most of her life insiders along with giving an overview on her 15 year-long existence in Hindi cinema.

Talking about her most recent appearance on International platform, only a few days back, Aishwarya graced the Oprah Winfrey Show, together with hubby Abhishek Bachchan. The two thereby became the first Indian couple to be on such a popular international show ever. Ash and Abhi also signed an ad commercial together worth Rs 25 cr sometime back.

Nevertheless, Ash’s much-anticipated upcoming ventures include ‘Raavan’ with hubby Abhishek, ‘Guzaarish’ with Hrithik Roshan, and ‘Action Replay’ with Akshay Kumar.

Here’s wishing Ash a very happy birthday and all the success for future!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Priyamani’s denies her B-town hunt

Actress Priyamani cannot stop speaking about her working experience with the ace filmmaker Mani Ratnam. Of course, a big launch in Bollywood is what every south Indian actresses dreams about. As Priyamani has completed her portions for both Hindi and Tamil versions of “Raavana’, there have been buzzes that she has been camping in Mumbai in search of Bollywood offers.

When we approached the actress regarding this buzz, she clearly admits that every actress loves to be a part of Hindi films. But that doesn’t mean that she is desperately seeking Bollywood film offers. Already talks are going on with some of the leading producers and filmmakers in Hindi Film Industry.

The National award winning actress is now busy shooting Kannada remake of Telugu blockbuster “Ready’ with Puneeth Rajkumar. Looks like, she may pair up with Dhanush for the Tamil remake of this film as well.

Suriya And Katrina Kaif Joins Together

Actor Suriya, who is shooting for ‘Singam’, is joining hands with director A R Murugadoss and producer Udhayanidhi Stalin again. Sources say that it will be a trilingual film (Tamil, Hindi and Telugu).

Buzz is that Katrina Kaif has been approached for the role. Suriya had favoured Harris Jayaraj to score music for all the three versions. Suriya, Murugadoss and Harris Jayaraj had teamed up to render a huge hit in ‘Ghajini’.

Suriya will also be acting in a Bollywood film ‘Rakta Charitra’, to be directed by Ram Gopal Varma. In Hari’s ‘Singam’, Suriya plays a straight-forward police officer Durai Singam who fights evil in society.

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A fine-tuned composition from "In the Land of the War Canoes." A staged scene by Robert Flaherty from "Nanook of the North." THE RISE OF DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING (PART ONE): EXCERPT FROM THE HISTORY OF INDEPENDENT CINEMA

(The following is an excerpt from The History of Independent Cinema by Film Threat's contributing editor Phil Hall, published by BearManor Media.)

The first motion pictures were documentaries – or, by the very least, documents of everyday life in the late 1890s. In France, the Lumiere Brothers captured scenes of steam-driven trains and well-dressed boulevard pedestrians. In America, Thomas Edison brought the celebrities of the day into his New Jersey studio – Annie Oakley displayed her sharp-shooting, Eugen Sandow displayed his muscles, and so forth. These little films rarely lasted longer than a minute or two, since the early cameras were unable to accommodate large magazines of film.

But as the film technology advanced, audiences quickly became bored of watching brief scenes of their society. After all, what was the point of paying to see a movie (in this case, one without sound or color) when you could go outside and see the same thing for free (with sound and color)? Thus, the concept of writing a screenplay and directing actors for the camera took root and movies turned into an entertainment medium.

However, the early filmmakers never entirely abandoned non-fiction films. Cameras began going far afield to capture the more unusual and dramatic aspects of real life. Cameramen began showing up at newsworthy events, documenting the presence of various dignitaries and celebrities as they engaged in speeches, meet-and-greets and other photo opportunities. Theodore Roosevelt, who became president in 1901, was a ubiquitous figure for the newsreels (as this genre became known). Even without a sound recording or color film, Roosevelt’s animated body language and larger-than-life enthusiasm for pontificating made him a natural for the camera.

From its beginnings, however, non-fiction film was being used to show a distinctive agenda – reality could easily be manipulated and audiences would not be the wiser.

The first known manipulation of the genre came in 1903, when Thomas Edison used the planned euthanasia of Topsy, a violence-prone circus elephant, as a means to promote the DC electric current. Edison schemed with the owners of the elephant to have the animal electrocuted with AC current electricity, which was being promoted by Edison’s rival Nicola Tesla. The thought behind this notion was fairly devious: by showing how dangerous AC current electricity was, it would scare people into using the perceived safety of DC current (and, in the process, scare profits to Edison and away from Tesla).

The fact that Topsy was a severely abused elephant who only lashed out at brutish trainers (including one who tried to force her to consume a burning cigarette) was never mentioned in the Edison’s brief film, which was released under the title “Electrocuting an Elephant.” Instead, Topsy is shown being led to an area in an open field where her legs are imprisoned in chains and wires. Her human handlers quickly disperse, and within seconds smoke begins to rise from the ground. Topsy collapses into a dead faint amidst a rising cloud of electrified smoke.

Whether “Electrocuting an Elephant” was specifically responsible for the later decline of Tesla’s fortunes is open to debate (it clearly didn’t help). But what Edison achieved, perhaps accidentally, was the blurring of real life with reel life. The audiences in 1903 had no clue about the circumstances behind the production of “Electrocuting an Elephant.” They assumed they were watching a newsreel – it wasn’t until many years later that the truth of the film’s production emerged. However, the concept of a manipulated non-fiction film became locked into the filmmaking bag of tricks.

In a way, this was actually not a bad thing. Documentary filmmaking would not have emerged beyond newsreel glimpses of history makers and travelogue shots of scenic locations had filmmakers not attempted to slice and dice reality to fit their particular vision. Two filmmakers, both working (somewhat ironically) among the indigenous peoples of North America, laid the foundation for modern documentary productions – if only by creating their own distinctive concept of what life should be like.

The first filmmaker was Edward S. Curtis, who gained famed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries for his photographic portraits and phonographic recordings of the American Indian tribes in the United States and Canada. In 1914, Curtis set out to create a film focusing on the culture and customs of the Kwakiutl tribe in British Columbia. But Curtis did not attempt to create a filmed record of Kwakiutl life. Instead, he created a somewhat hoary tale of love and revenge in a period before white society intruded on tribal life. Interspersed throughout the film were shots of tribal dances and traditional warrior costumes.

Despite the provocative title “In the Land of the Head Hunters,” Curtis’ film was a fairly tame affair. Perhaps it was a little too tame for 1914 audiences, who had little enthusiasm for the appreciation of American Indian cultures. Curtis spent $20,000 of his own money to make the film, but it was a commercial flop. Ten years later, he sold the negative and master print of his production to New York’s American Museum of Natural History for a mere $1,500.

Curtis has no role of further significance to independent film – or to the film industry as a whole, for that matter. His last connection with the big screen came in 1923 as an uncredited assistant cameraman to Cecil B. DeMille on “The Ten Commandments.” His one motion picture, “In the Land of the Head Hunters,” was forgotten for many years. However, it was rediscovered in 1972, 20 years after Curtis’ death, and was restored and retitled with the less scintillating title “In the Land of the War Canoes.” Today, it is considered a classic of ethnographic film studies.

Eight years after Curtis’ “In the Land of the Head Hunters” premiered, another feature-length portrait of North America’s indigenous people came to the screen. Unlike the Curtis production, this film had a significant impact on both the motion picture industry and the audiences that supported it. The production was “Nanook of the North,” made by a novice filmmaker named Robert Flaherty, and it is often regarded as the first documentary feature ever produced.

“Nanook of the North” is the story on an Inuit hunter in the Canadian Arctic (at the time, the Inuit people were referred to as Eskimos – we’ll use the word “Inuit” to describe this film). Nanook supports his family as a walrus hunter, and he is adept at fishing, building igloos and surviving in the harsh extreme weather of the frozen north. In the course of the film, Flaherty follows Nanook as he uses spears to hunt his prey. In the film’s exciting climax, Nanook and his family work furiously to build an igloo in the face of an approaching storm.

It was all quite compelling to watch back in 1922, when most Americans had little knowledge of Inuit customs and practices. Even today, “Nanook of the North” is an invigorating cinematic experience, particularly the stunning climax in the race against the elements.

There was just one problem: it was all a fake. There was no Nanook – the Inuit subject was actually named Allakariallak. “Nanook” comes from the Inuit mythology meaning “master of the bears.” The woman who was allegedly Mrs. Nanook wasn’t the hunter’s wife – she was a local Inuit woman recruited by Flaherty for the film. Nanook’s use of spears for hunting walrus was a practice that vanished 19th century – the real Inuit hunters used guns, but Flaherty asked them to dust off the old spears for his camera. Nanook’s igloo was also a fake – Flaherty’s camera could not get adequate lighting in a real igloo, so a phony half-igloo was built to provide an understanding of the interior design for that icy residence.

Even the climactic race to build an igloo was phony. Flaherty shot the sequence well within distance of Inuit encampments, so the subjects of his film could’ve easily found shelter from the storm without having to build an igloo.

Of course, no one watching “Nanook of the North” back in 1922 was aware of this chicanery. Indeed, the film’s unusual approach to capturing the daily struggle of a distant culture caught everyone by surprise – particularly the booker at New York’s celebrated Roxy Theatre, which gave the movie its premiere by putting it on a double bill with Harold Lloyd’s popular comedy “Grandma’s Boy.” Flaherty was initially unable to secure a distributor and self-booked his film. Apparently, it was booked at the Roxy by default – no dramatic film was available and it was considered a bad idea to buttress the Lloyd hit on the double bill with another comedy.

For Flaherty, “Nanook of the North” was a personal vindication – he had lived in the Arctic for nearly a decade and twice attempted to create a film about the Inuit people. On both occasions, his footage was destroyed in accidents, requiring that he start work from scratch. For “Nanook of the North,” Flaherty had money – he was financed with a $50,000 budget by the French fur company Revillon Freres – and time on his side – the film was shot from August 1920 through August 1921. But despite these conditions, Flaherty insisted it was necessary to re-enact and re-invent situations to dramatize Inuit life. Apparently, a genuine filmed record of daily Inuit life might be as monotonous as a genuine filmed record of daily Western life.

“Nanook of the North” was a monster hit. Pathe Exchange picked up the worldwide distribution after its New York success and the film was heralded around the world. Sadly, Allakariallak never shared in the film’s glory. Months after the filming was completed, a genuine tragedy struck: Allakariallak was stranded in the Arctic during a hunt and starved to death in his chilly isolation.

However, lightning never truly struck twice with Flaherty. His career lasted another two decades, but his output was spotty and his grasp on the non-fiction genre grew increasingly shakier with each new film. His follow-up to “Nanook of the North” was the Paramount Pictures-commissioned “Moana,” which was shot in Samoa in 1923 and 1924. But the production was riddled with disasters from start to finish. Flaherty arrived in Samoa without a story and took months to find an angle that would appeal to the notion of documenting exotic indigenous people for Western audiences. But the delays in production agitated Paramount Pictures, which kept wiring Flaherty demanding to see footage. Flaherty repeatedly had to explain that missionaries had Westernized the Samoan people to the point that many of the customs that people associated with the island had vanished (a tattoo ceremony featured in the film, for example, had to be reconstructed from historic texts since it had not been performed in many years).

Even more distressing was an experimental color film camera that Flaherty was given for the Samoan location photography – it malfunctioned and none of the footage could be salvaged. However, Flaherty’s use of panchromatic film stock created a deeply beautiful black-and-white experience, as opposed to the flat orthochromatic stock which was standard for the era.

As with “Nanook of the North,” audiences watching “Moana” were unaware that Flaherty was staging scenes for the camera. Even the usually astute Mourdant Hall, film critic for the New York Times, noted: “Not only is Mr. Flaherty to be congratulated on what he has put into this film, but he deserves a great deal of praise for having kept it free from sham.”

Unfortunately for Flaherty, “Moana” was as much of a box office bust as “Nanook of the North” was a success. The film is remembered today only because it inspired writer-turned-filmmaker John Grierson to create the word “documentary” to identify the non-fiction genre.

For Flaherty, “Moana” was the beginning and the end of his Hollywood career. He was signed for two additional South Pacific-based features, MGM’s “White Sails of the South Seas” and the F.W. Murnau production of “Tabu,” which he was supposed to co-direct, but he severed his relations with both films prior to the start of production. Other studio-based projects never materialized, and by the early 1930s Flaherty was unable to secure work in America. He went overseas, where he created the memorable features “Man of Aran” in 1934 and “Elephant Boy” in 1937. “Man of Aran,” although presented as a documentary on Irish fishermen, also included blatantly staged sequences (although it was also beautifully photographed). “Elephant Boy,” co-directed with Zoltan Korda, didn’t pretend to be a documentary. It was a fanciful adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s “Toomai, of the Elephants” and offered a refreshingly engaging performance by the young Indian actor Sabu.

Flaherty wouldn’t make another U.S. film until 1941, when the Department of Agriculture commissioned him to create the documentary “The Land.” The film highlighted the ecological and economic damage created by the overproduction of cotton in what was known as the Dust Bowl. In many ways, it was the closest film Flaherty ever made to a genuine documentary. But the U.S. entry into World War II doomed the project – by the time “The Land” was ready for release in 1942, it was barely distributed out of fear it would be disruptive to wartime morale.

Flaherty’s final original project, “Louisiana Story” (1948) was offered as a documentary and is still viewed by many film scholars as such, but it was actually an industrial film using nonprofessional actors and a screenplay. It will be discussed at greater depth in the chapter of this book relating to that genre.

Flaherty has been credited as both director or co-director of the 1950 documentary “The Titan: Story of Michelangelo,” which won the Academy Award as Best Documentary. However, this was actually a 1940 film made by German director Curt Oertel. Flaherty re-edited Oertel’s footage and scripted an English-language narration for an American release of the film, but he played no role in its creation and did not deserve directing credit.

Flaherty’s contribution to non-fiction cinema is problematic. Yes, “Nanook of the North” showed that documentary feature films could be accessible to mainstream audiences and commercially viable for producers and distributors. As a pioneer in putting documentaries on equal footing with narrative features, he deserves credit.

Yet Flaherty’s output is spotty and troubling. He made relatively few films, and except for “The Land” he seemed incapable of keeping fiction out of non-fiction filmmaking. Flaherty set a dangerous precedent that still permeates the genre – ignoring real life in favor of a glamorized and exotic reel life. Audiences are still being bamboozled by this artifice.

Let’s backtrack to the 1920s and the aftermath of “Nanook of the North.” Flaherty was not alone in believing there would be an interest in non-fiction filmmaking. In other parts of the world, American filmmakers were lugging their cameras in search of a great story.

The most dramatic of these productions came from the combined talents of the adventurers Merian C. Cooper and Ernest Schoesdack, who were in Ethiopia at the time Flaherty was finishing up work on his film. Cooper and Schoesdack shot footage of the imperial court of Haile Selassie, but the footage was destroyed in a fire before it was developed. Despite that loss, Cooper and Schoesdack set a new direction to Persia (today’s Iran) to document the migration of the nomadic Bakhtiari people. They linked up with journalist and former World War I spy Marguerite Harrison, who financed their expedition on the condition that she share directing credit and appear on camera. The team shot 40,000 feet of footage that was edited into a two-hour film known as “Grass.”

As with Flaherty’s landmark, “Grass” found its audience by accident – in this case, Cooper was screening it on the professional lecture circuit when Paramount chief Jesse L. Lasky made an unexpected offer to distribute the film theatrically. “Grass” opened in New York in February 1925 to critical acclaim and modest commercial success.

But unlike “Nanook of the North,” “Grass” did not recreate entire incidents strictly for the camera. Cooper, Schoesdack and Harrison were part of the 50,000-person Bakhtiari odyssey across the Karun River and up Zard Kuh, the highest peak in the Zagros Mountains. Although the film’s pacing may seem sluggish by contemporary standards, it nonetheless serves as an invaluable record of Middle Eastern culture.

Lasky was buoyed by the commercial reaction to “Grass” to finance Cooper and Schoesdack’s next film (Harrison had no further partnership with the duo). Unfortunately, the follow-up film “Chang” (1927) was not a non-fiction film but rather a Flaherty-style docudrama that mixed aspects of an exotic culture (in this case, the farmers of rural Siam, today’s Thailand) into a patently staged story regarding the threat of tigers and elephants to a farming village.

But unlike “Nanook of the North” or “Moana,” there was no attempt to pretend this was a documentary. The promotional material for the film defined it as “a melodrama with man, the jungle, and wild animals as its cast.”

After “Chang,” Cooper and Schoesdack stayed away from non-fiction filmmaking. Documentary filmmaking’s loss was Hollywood’s gain, as the duo went on to create the 1933 masterpiece “King Kong.”

During the 1920s, Kansas-born adventurers Martin and Osa Johnson were also shooting films in far corners of the globe. The Johnsons were actually ahead of Flaherty in regard to releasing their Pacific-based features “Jungle Adventures” (1921) and “Headhunters of the South Seas” (1922), but the films were viewed as travelogues and not as artistically challenging true-life narratives. In 1923, the Johnsons offered “Trailing Wild African Animals” (1923), a record of their 1921-22 African expedition.

In the 1920s and the 1930s, the Johnsons produced several feature-length films detailing their African trips. By 1930, these silent films were compiled into “Across the World with Mr. and Mrs. Johnson,” which included a narration by Martin Johnson. Genuine sound recording in the Johnson’s films didn’t take place until 1932’s “Congorilla,” which was noteworthy for taking sound technology on location to Africa.

Time has not been kind to the Johnsons’ films, which are barely recalled today. Their self-promoting tendencies, coupled with their badly dated view of African cultures and the continent’s ecosystem, make their films painful to watch. In their time, however, the films enjoyed a mild popularity and their footage was often recycled by low-budget films set in the so-called “dark continent.”

By the 1930s, audiences began to tire of documentaries of distant exotic cultures. Some filmmakers tried to keep the genre alive, most notably the Marquis Henry de la Falaise de la Coudraye, an aristocrat whose Hollywood star wife Constance Bennett provided financial backing for his Borneo-based documentaries “Legong” (1935) and the Vietnamese-based “Kiliou, The Killer” (1937). These films were unusual since they were shot in two-strip Technicolor, but that novelty wore off when the superior three-strip Technicolor process took dominance in the late 1930s (“Kiliou, The Killer” only survives as a black-and-white print). However, due to the difficult of lugging sound recording equipment abroad, both films were shot as silents and released with synchronized musical scores – an anachronism for the mid-1930s.

Separate and apart from this travelogue approach were Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, who took an anthropological approach to filming the lives and culture of the Balinese people. Mead and Bateson spent the mid-to-late 1930s working in Bali, but their footage was not seen until the early 1950s when the released a series of six short documentaries, most notably “Karba’s First Years,” “Bathing Babies in Three Cultures” (which included footage shot in New Guinea) and “Trance and Dance in Bali.” These films are primarily known to most moviegoers by reputation, since they are rarely screened today.

But changing tastes and changing times warranted a new outlook. As the Great Depression reshaped America, audiences were less than enchanted with tantalizing glimpses of far-away lands. Problems at home demanded attention, and a new wave of documentary filmmakers fixed their cameras on American socio-economic issues.

Priyamani rubbishes reports of Bollywood fever

Reigning queen Priyamani is truly excited about her role in ace Mani Ratnam's big budget bilingual Raavan/ Ashokavanam, a modern adaptation of the epic Ramayana. This movie marks the Bollywood entry of Priyamani though not as a leading lady. Of course, every South Indian actresses dreams of a big launch in Bollywood.

There were some recent rumours that Priyamani, who has already completed her portions in both Hindi and Tamil versions of Raavan, was camping in Mumbai in search of Bollywood offers. When asked for confirmation, she admitted that it is her dream to act in Hindi films, but rubbished rumours that she is desperately seeking Bollywood offers.

National award-winner Priyamani is playing Surpanakha’s role in Raavan, produced by Mani Ratnam's sister Sharda under Ratnam's banner Madras Talkies. Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai are the lead pair in Hindi, while Vikram will play the lead opposite Aishwarya in Tamil. Priyamani is now busy shooting for the Kannada remake of Telugu blockbuster Ready with Puneeth Rajkumar.

Salman Khan tells sponsors to pay double

Bollywood actor Salman Khan knows best when it comes to charitable work; at least amongst the Indian actors. His Being Human Foundation is a big example. But where does all the fund come from? Is he pouring all his hard-earned money into it? Well, he tells sponsors to pay a hefty amount.

Buzz up!
Salman revealed in an interview recently that he was not conscious how stars are being used for charitable causes; interact and entertain the orphans and do photo-opps. But the cruel reality is that nobody cares for the well-being of the children once the stars leave. So, Salman, Sohail and Arbaaz make sure that they contribute a certain amount and then ask the sponsors and organisers how much they would put in.

Salman said that they ask them to contribute the double amount. This way, the sponsors and organisers are left with no other choice but to pay up.

Well, Salman not only knows how to help the under-privileged but also sustain it!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Asin’s strict decisions about glamour factors

South Indian actress Asin made it all happen with her overnight success in Bollywood with “Ghajini’. With her “London Dreams’ slated to hit the screens this weekend, the actress has got hold off some troubles that are popping up. Apparently, it’s all about the producers and filmmakers of Hindi film industry urging her to expose to glamorous shows and intimate sequences with her onscreen heroes.

Perhaps, the actress has been stuck to the rigid rules of not entertaining such factors from the moment she made high waves in South Indian Film Industry. According to the sources, Producer Vipul Shah of “London Dreams’ had insisted her to wear skimpy costumes, which perturbed her a lot… But then again, “a rule is a rule’ says Asin, who has been persistently refusing the big offers merely because of such unfavourable scenarios.

-Sampurn Media

Asin's strict decisions about glamour factors

Monday, October 26, 2009

Hrithik in a double trouble

Even though the who’s who of Bollywood descended at Hrithik Roshan’s place for his mother’s Pinky’s birthday, the actor’s neighbours were not impressed.

As the bash went wild with Saif ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Karan Johar, Farhan Akhtar, Priyanka Chopra, Sonali Bendre and newly engaged Shilpa and Raj Kundra in attendance, the neighbours complained to police about loud noise.

The Roshan’s were let off with a warning from the police.

South Indian Actress Priyamani Profile

Name: Priyamani
Born: 1984
Birth Place: Palakkad
Debut film: Kangalal Kaithu Sei
Mother Tongue: Tamil
Favourites: Music, Ice creams, Chocolates

Name Priya mani
Nick name Pillu
Profession Actress, Model
Date of Birth 4th June
Height 5'6"
Nationality Indian
Family Father: Vasudeva Mani
Mother: Latha Mani
Brother: Vishak Dev Mani
Education B.A. Psychology
Previous job Model
Languages known English, Hindi and all the south indian languages
Debut Tamil: Bharathiraja's Kangalal kaithu sei.
Telugu:Pellaina Kottalo
Malayalam: Satyam
Introduced Bharathiraja
Debut hero Vaseegaran
Modeled for Kancheepuram silks, Erode silks and Lakshmi silks
Favourites Actors: Kamal Hassan, Mammootty, Mohanlal and Dilip
Actresses: Sridevi, Kajol
Hobby: Music and Dance
Dessert: Ice creams, chocolates
Pets: puppies and kittens
Attire: Jeans
Authors: Dan Brown, Jeffery Archer
Car: Mercedes
Likes Glamour roles
Famous Ancestor:
Her grandmother Kamala Kailas is a celebrated classical singer
Ideal role Like Sridevi's role in 'Moonram pirai'

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Asin Birthday 26 October Today

Asin Thottumkal is bollywood actress of south Indian. She is very popular and beautiful actress. She was born in October985505_f520 26 1985.Asin was born in Cochin, in the Malayalam-speaking Thottumkal family which consists of her businessman dad, Joseph, and mom, Dr. Seline, who practices in Ernakulam. She attended Naval Public School in Cochin, and after obtaining her Matriculation, was enrolled in St. Theresa’s Higher Secondary School. After successfully obtaining her Higher Secondary School Certificate, she enrolled in St. Theresa’s College to continue studying in the Arts Faculty. After obtaining a Degree in B.A. English Literature, she assisted her dad in his business (which includes software, export of furniture and antiques) and also took up modeling on the side. Her modeling assignments included Colgate Toothpaste, and Fairever Cream.

She speaks a wide range of languages such as Malyalam, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Sanskrit, English, French, and may well be the only Indian actress with a Blogspot in French. She is very active in various functions throughout Southern India, and credits her good upbringing to her parents, who she considers her role models. She was the winner of an entrepreneurial award as a teenager. She is fond of reading and has a huge collection of books.

Asin, along with her mom and dad, have left their Harrington Road apartment at Chetpet, Chennai, and have re-located to an apartment in Lokhandwala Complex, in Andheri (West), Mumbai, in order to enable her to debut in Bollywood movies.

Shilpa Shetty Engagement Photos

Shilpa Shetty is finally engaged to Raj Kundra. The photos of Shilpa Shetty & Raj Kundra speak for the happy couple. The engagement ceremony took place at Raj’s Juhu apartment in Mumbai on Saturday October 24, 2009. Only family members and close friends were invited.

The photos of a 5-foot-10 tall (among the few tallest Indian actress) Shilpa Shetty and her fiancé Raj Kundra are worth watching as both seem extremely happy to exchange the rings after their long-term dating that reportedly started somewhere in the year 2007.

Though not very successful as an actress but beyond doubts one of the most beautiful Bollywood actresses Shilpa Shetty has been engaged to her long-term boyfriend, a London-based cunning businessman Raj Kundra. The engagement ceremony in the 7th floor apartment has been reported to be a very simple one and the guests list included only the family members and very close friends.

The fabulous dress Shilpa is shown wearing in the recent photos, was especially designed by very renowned celebrity dress designer Manish Malhotra. Presently, the stunningly beautiful 34-year-old Indian actress and model Shilpa, is living in Mumbai alongside her parents. Coincidently, Shilpa’s younger sister is also a rising Bollywood star and she too lives with the family but strangely enough, she was not invited or didn’t attend the engagement ceremony for some reason.

Very recently in March this year, the news surfaced the Internet that (her then boyfriend) Raj Kundra helped her purchase an apartment house in one of the posh areas of England, Saint George’s Hill in Surrey. It reveals as if the soon going-to-be husband and wife plan to live and settle in England in future as the wedding has been scheduled in the month of December in Mumbai though but the reception would be held in London.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Happy Birthday Mallika Sherawat

Happy Birthday Mallika Sherawat.Bollywood Hot Actress Mallika turns 38 today on account of her Birthday we bring you Exclusive hot wallpapers & biography of Mallika Sherawat.

Many Many Happy Returns Of The Day

You can check out more facts about Mallika in the biography and also download Sherawat’s latest steamy wallpaper in the photo album below:

Mallika Sherawat was born on October 24, 1971 in Karnal Haryana is an Indian actress and model. Known for her public openness, she is frequently featured in Indian media as sex symbol. Sherawat’s birth name is Reema Lamba; she says that she adopted the screen name of “Mallika”, meaning “empress” to avoid confusion with other actresses named Reema. “Sherawat” is her mother’s maiden name.

Mallika’s started her filmy career by onscreen debut in Lak Tunoo, a music video by Surjit Bindrakhia. She attracted wide notice with her appearance in the 2003 movie Khwahish. In 2004, she starred in Murder, a film inspired by Hollywood’s Unfaithful. She received a nomination for Best Actress at the Zee Cine Awards ceremony for her performance in Murder. The film went on to become one of the biggest hits of the year.

Since then, Sherawat has been known for her courage to express her opinions in public, as well as because of the reaction to some of her statements. She also made news when she won a small role in a Jackie Chan movie, The Myth; she made a widely publicized appearance at the Cannes Film Festival to promote The Myth. However, her performance in the 2006 film Pyaar Ke Side Effects co-starring Rahul Bose won her praise from around the industry, and the film also garnered decent collections at the box office becoming a moderate success.

She played a small role in Dasavathaaram after her item number in a Tamil film. Her first 2007 release was Himesh Reshammiya’s Aap Ka Suroor – The Real Love Story, where she played a “vampish role”. Mallika herself has protested, saying that it is a negative role but not a vamp role. With Aap Ka Suroor she has become the most expensive “Item Girl”, as she charged Rs. 1.5 crore for her Item number in the movie. Aap Ka Suroor did well at the box office.

Her last release of 2007 was Welcome which also did well at the box office receiving blockbuster status. Her 2008 releases are Ugly aur Pagli and Mann gaye Mughal e Azam. Although Mallika got praises for her acting, both films were not successful at the box office. She is now doing a Hollywood film named Hisss starring Irrfan Khan directed by Jennifer Lynch.

The film is in Post-production stage. Mallika is now staying in Los Angeles. She is on a working visa recommended by Jackie Chan. She is also famous on twitter with username mallikala. On 14 August, 2009 Mallika received the LA Honorary Citizenship. Sherawat has been voted as one of Asia’s 100 most beautiful people by the Hong Kong based fashion and beauty magazine, Cover.

Actor Nandita Das opens up on life after “Firaaq”, her work as chairperson of Children’s Film Society of India and future plans

In the world of arc lights teeming with acquired personalities, actor, director and activist Nandita Das is fiercely her own person. For someone with a bachelor’s degree in geography, a master’s degree in social work, a teaching stint in a school, and experience of social work, showbiz seems an unlikely destination. Yet, she is one of the best loved faces of Indian cinema, although she never aspired to stardom. She has done more regional than mainstream cinema because she feels “there is more sanity and integrity” there. She continues to live in Delhi instead of India’s film capital because “Delhi allows you space and I don’t feel the need to go to any other city”. She travels to be on the prestigious Cannes jury with just two suitcases because “thinking of what to wear was secondary to the experience of being there”. While her oeuvre of work as an actor includes over 30 critically acclaimed feature films in 10 different languages, her directorial debut in “Firaaq”, set in the 2002 Gujarat pogrom, was no less stunning. She was recently appointed the chairperson of the Children’s Film Society of India (CFSI). Excerpts from an interview:

Your appointment with CFSI is a tad surprising, considering your moorings in serious cinema.

I was surprised myself. I had just taken a break after “Firaaq”. I am a mid-career person. This is a huge responsibility. I will be happy if I can make some difference.

Given the state of children’s films in India, is this a good time to be taking over the reins of CFSI?

There is no such thing as the best time to do things you really want to do. This is a great opportunity to make a difference to children’s films. But it is also a daunting task. I am still finding my feet. A certain kind of stagnancy creeps into old organisations. I am trying to make systemic changes in CFSI that are beyond individuals.

Would you get a free hand to do so in a government body?

I am getting good support from the I&B ministry. A whole lot of people in the industry are ready to help. I have been speaking to Gulzar saab, Vishal Bharadwaj, Nagesh Kukunoor, Shyam Benegal, and many others. We have to make children’s films a space where good filmmakers and scriptwriters want to come. It isn’t easy to change the status quo.

What are the challenges facing children’s films?

In CFSI’s biennial international film festival slated for November 2009, I wanted to have a separate section on Indian films. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough films that qualified and so we had to scrap the idea. The situation is dismal. Often good filmmakers don’t want to venture into children’s films as they fear their work will only remain in the cans. Often people use this platform as a stepping stone to do bigger films. The real challenge is to offer children content-driven, wholesome entertainment with the right values as a viable alternative to the television shows and mainstream films on which they are growing up.

Isn’t it strange that even multiplexes and 24x7 TV haven’t spurred filmmakers to look at children’s entertainment seriously?

Indeed it is, considering children form a huge film audience the world over. In India, economics gets in the way of everything, more so filmmaking. People often don’t want to take a chance, push boundaries. However, it is possible to make low or medium budget films that are strong in content and form, do not compromise on ideals and are a lot of fun. Unfortunately, our films for children are either preachy, badly made and boring, or fluffy and mindless.

Where does the problem lie?

There is creativity. And people also understand there is a market. I’m trying to figure out where the gap is. In the festival, we have a series of open forums where we will be discussing such issues as why are children’s films invisible in India, how do you define children’s films, and so on.

Do you think our children’s films are caught in a time warp vis-À-vis the changing sensibilities of children?

Today’s children are growing up on a completely different diet. We need to understand what they want, what their influences are and how they perceive children’s films. That’s why we have children participating in our seminars this time. We have a children’s jury this year where the children will decide which films they like. Even in the CFSI decisions, we haven’t involved children and we need to do that. They are the biggest stakeholders in this. Children need to be exposed to the kind of films that we are talking about. Where do they get the opportunity? If you are used to one kind of entertainment, you’d never know whether you like anything else.

Where do your social work and film career connect?

I was already into human rights work much before films happened. My experiences there have impacted my choice of films as an actor and a director. Films have given me a wider platform and so I am doing more advocacy than grassroots level work these days. To me, films and social work are two inter-connected ways leading to the same goal.

Being called an “intelligent” actress…doesn’t this constrain your ambit?

I don’t think about what labels people put on me. Some say I could have made it big had it not been for the choices I made, others compliment me for sticking to my guns. I don’t have a battle waging inside me. I’m doing what I like doing, work that resonates with my own interests and concerns.

Any update on your forthcoming projects?

I am in touch with Deepa Mehta for “Midnight’s Children”. That’ll take some time. I am reading scripts as an actress, but sadly nothing very exciting yet. My primary focus is on CFSI.

Expectations from you as a filmmaker are high now.

I am getting offers from producers in India and abroad. But it is a long process. “Firaaq” has taken a lot out of me. I will begin thinking and writing something after the film festival is over.

Actor Bala’s miraculous escape

Bala had acted in many films including Anbu, Kadhal Kisu Kisu and Manjal Veyil. Now he is also acting in Malayalam films.
He was proceeding to Vagaman in Idduki District for the shooting of the Malayalam film titled Ring Tone in his caravan. When they were nearing Illapalli water falls the brakes failed and the caravan rammed into a tree.
As a result Bala and the driver sustained minor injuries. But had the caravan missed the tree, it would have fallen into the valley which would have cost their lives.

Katrina Kaif shares her chemistry with co-star in much awaited comedy flick

PUNE - Bollywood actor Katrina Kaif hails energy level of his co-star Ranbir Kapoor on the sets of their much-awaited film ‘Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahani’ (APKGH).

After delivering some serious films, director Rajkumar Santoshi is all set to provide the audience with a breather with his upcoming romantic comedy APKGH.

With a title that is too long, and quite unlike a typical Bollywood name, the forthcoming movie has already made its presence felt.

And the other thing making news is on-screen chemistry seen in promos and off-screen chemistry seen in media briefings between actor Kaif and Kapoor. The actors have been paired for the first time for this romantic comedy.

Kaif while talking to reporters at a promotional event here on Friday said that they gelled well with each other because of their similar working style of keeping the energy flowing on the film set.

Kaif recalled the entertainment on the sets of the film and said that when the filmmaker is passionate then the energy level on the sets is much better.

“In this film ‘Ajab’, baseball I think it was. Baseball in between every shot we have like cameraman assistants and the lighting guys and every one together playing baseball. I think I was wearing some weighing dress but still I managed to play. It’s just the matter of wanting to be on the film set. If you are working with someone who wants to be there and then passionate about making films because that’s what they love doing, then the energy is so much better.”

The film is a romantic tale of two youngsters, Prem and Jennifer, played by Kapoor and Kaif.

Shot in Ooty, Goa, Mumbai and Turkey ‘Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahani is slated to release on November 6. (ANI)

Friday, October 23, 2009

Actor Vijay Biodata (South Indian Actor)

Name = Joseph Vijay

Cinema name = Vijay

Pet Name = Ilaya Thalapathy

Date of birth = 22.6.1974

Birth Place = Chennai

Mother tongue = Tamil

Languages Known = Tamil and English

Nationality = Indian

Father = S.A.Chandrasekharan (producer-director)
Mother = Shobha Chandrasekharan

Wife = Srilankan Tamil Hindu girl Sangeetha
Marriage Day = 25.8.1999

Son = Sanjay
Daughter = Divya Saasha
Height = 5′11”
Education = Bachelors Degree of Visual Communications at Loyola College

profession = Actor, singer
Hobbies = Singing, Tv

Favourite Actress = Simran

Favourite Colour = Black

Favourite Actor = Rajini, Kamal

Favourite Dish = Dosa and Chicken

Favourite Dress = Jeans and T-shirt

Favourite Spot = London and Los Angeles

Debut Film
Child artiste = ‘Vetri ‘

Action Hero =’Nalaya Therpu’, directed by S A Chandrashekar(father)


Tamil nadu state Best Hero award (1997) for “Kaadhalukku Mariyadhai”

Kalaimamani Award of Tamil Nadu Govt. for 1998

Vijay Film

Nalaya Theerpu Dec 4th, 1992
Senthoorapandi Dec, 1993
Rasigan 1994
Deva Feb, 1994
Rajavin Parvailae 1995
Vishnu 1995
Chandralekha 1995
Coimbatore Mapple Jan 14th, 1996
Poove Unakkagha Feb 15th, 1996
Vasantha Vasal 1996
Manbumigu Manavan 1996
Selvaa Dec, 1996
Kalamelam Kathiruppen Jan 14th,1997
Love Today May 1997
Once More Jun 4th, 1997
Neeruku Ner Sep 5th, 1997
Kadalukku Mariyadhai Dec 19th, 1997
Ninaithen Vandai Apr 10th, 1998
Priyamudan Jun 12th, 1998
Nilaave Vaa Augt 14th, 1998
Thulladhamanamum Thullum Jan 29th, 1999
Endrendrum Kaadhal Mar 05th, 1999
Nenjinile Jun 25th, 1999
Minsara Kanna Sep 09th, 1999
Kanukkul Nilavu Jan 14th, 2000
Kushi May 19, 2000
Priyamanavale Nov 26th, 2000
Friends Jan 14th, 2001
Badri Apr 16th, 2001
Shahjahan Nov 14th,
Tamizhan Apr 14th, 2002
Youth July 19th, 2002
Bagavathi Nov 04th, 2002
Vaseegara Jan 15th, 2003
Pudhiya Geethai 2003
Thirumalai Oct 24th, 2003
Udhaya Mar 28th, 2004
Ghillli Aprl 17th, 2004
Madurey Aug 27th, 2004
Thirupachi Jan 14th, 2005
Sachien April 14th, 2005
Sivakasi July 20, 2005
Aadhi January 14, 2006
Pokkiri January 14, 2007
Azhagiya Thamizh Magan
Kuruvi – 2008
Vettaikkaaran ???????
Sura – 2010

Sonia Agarwal shocks producer

Actress Sonia Agarwal was recently in news for seeking divorce from her director husband Selvaraghavan. She is reported to have shocked a producer by asking Rs 60 Lakhs as remuneration to work in a remake of yesteryears Tamil super hit Manmathaleelai (originally directed by K. Balachander with Kamal Haasan in the lead role).

Sources say that Sonia is now making attempts for a comeback in cinema and doesn’t have too many films in her kitty. So the producers apparently thought it would be easy to get bulk shooting dates from her. Aware that her role would be ultra glamorous, Sonia agreed to do the film, but shocked the producer when she quoted Rs. 60 lakhs as her fee, added the source. Now the producer is reportedly looking for a suitable actress from Kerala.

Another Bollywood Khan Quits Smoking

The Bollywood actor Aamir Khan following the lead of his fellow Indian movie stars Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan has decided to quit smoking but he’s not finding it easy. Aamir who is busy releasing his latest movie ‘3- idiots’ has spoken about the stress and worry which he is under and despite his promise to quit smoking he is dying to have a cigarette because he thinks it will relax him.
However at the same time Aamir Khan said that he had no intention of lighting up because a promise was a promise and also because he believed that when he decided to stop smoking he did so for a “noble cause”. At Ukmedix News we have seen how people who quit for a ‘higher cause’ and who make their smoking cessation attempt an important personal battle are more likely to have success.

You should look at smoking cessation as climbing an extremely high mountain and will yourself and promise yourself that you shall not fail no matter what obstacles come in your way. Harness your competitive streak and look at smoking as something which needs to be beaten, otherwise it will eventually destroy you.

Smoking is a chronic problem for the Indian government with millions of smokers many of whom are getting sick and costing the nation a fortune in medical care. The Bollywood film industry is immensely powerful and popular in India and the example of actors like Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan in quitting will be far more effective than public health campaigns initiated by the government.

There have been calls for the Bollywood film industry to follow the lead of some Hollywood film producers in completely banning the portrayal of smoking as glamorous or cool in films. In Hollywood for example the production company Disney will only allow smoking in a context that makes it look unattractive and uncool.

Im big fan of Kareena- Katrina Kaif

Katrina Kaif is going ga ga over Kareena and their bond. Recently giving an interview to a news channel Kat was excited to talk about her friend. Not many people know that both the vivacious actress shares the same manager too.

“She is very nice girl and I like her as well as her work. We even shares one manager and I am a big fan of her,” says Katrina.

There had been news in the industry about their cold war but with this statement of Kat, she is putting it all the rumours at rest. Kareena Kapoor was the unchallenged queen of B-Town at as far as her price was concerned. But Katrina Kaif started competing with her at every turn: with the price, the number of film, as well as endorsements.

“Whenever we meet each other she talks with me very nicely and I too love her company. I really do admire her as one of the great actress in the industry,” she states in the interview to the entertainment channel.

Looking at this statement it seems the cold war between the two actresses has ended. All’s well that end’s well is what we can say in this case.

South Indian Actor Prakash Raj Receiving Natinal Award

The 55th National Awards ceremony was held at New Delhi. Actor Prakash Raj, Priyadarshan were honoured by Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, President of India.

Buzz up!
Prakash Raj was honoured as ‘Best Actor’ for his awe-inspiring performance in offbeat film Kanchivaram while Priyadarshan was awarded as ‘Best Filmmaker’ for the same film. Music director Shankar Mahadevan bagged ‘Best Male playback singer’ for his enchanting song ‘Maa’ of Taare Zameen Par.

The Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Smt. Ambika Soni, the Ministers of State for Information and Broadcasting, Shri Mohan Jatua and Dr. S. Jagathrakshakan and the Director, Directorate of Film Festivals, Shri S.M. Khan were also present for the occasion.

Director Priyadarshan is much elated with this prestigious award and had wished more good films from Indian film industry must be promoted all throughout the globe.

Shetty gets engaged

Former 'Big Brother' winner Shilpa Shetty will get engaged to her businessman boyfriend at a ceremony tomorrow, her publicist confirmed.

Shetty and London-based Raj Kundra will hold a small party to celebrate the event at her apartment in Mumbai.

The actress’s publicist said: “It will be a very private affair, where only immediate family members will be present. There won’t be a bash for sure.”

The wedding is due to be held in December, but no date has yet been set. Shetty, 34, had earlier revealed that she would like a traditional Indian ceremony.

“She has ordered jewellery for the wedding and has picked every piece with care. We are gearing up for her wedding in December,” her publicist told Indian newspaper DNA.

Reports indicate the ceremony will be held in Mumbai followed by a reception in London.

The couple, who bought a stake in cricket’s Indian Premier League team the Rajasthan Royals in February, have been dating for around two years.

Shetty’s actress sister Shamita, who is currently in the Indian version of the reality show Big Brother, will be unable to attend the engagement on Saturday.

Nayantara to debut with Salman in ‘Most Wanted’

South Indian actress Nayantara is all set to make her debut in the B-town.

The actress will be seen romacing opposite Salman Khan in ‘Most Wanted’, a sequel to ‘Wanted’.

The decision to make Wanted’s sequel will be taken after its huge success.

According to sources, the south Indian actress was signed for the film on the recommendation of her beau director & actor Prabhu Deva.

On Prabu’s suggestion, film producer Boney Kapoor soon agreed to sign up Nayantara as he knows that she is already a big star in South.

Meanwhile, Boney isn’t ready to comment on it, while answering a question on this he said, “It is an idea and they are working on it.”

Hot and Sexy Kartina Kaif : Information

Katrina Kaif aka Katrina Turquotte born 16 July 1984 is a British-Indian actress and model who has appeared in Hindi, Telugu and Malayalam films in India.

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Born in Hong Kong to a Kashmiri Muslim father, Mohammed Kaif, and a British Christian mother, Suzzane Turquotte. Her mother, a Harvard graduate, was a lawyer but later became involved in charity work. Her parents separated when Kaif was very young. Kaif has seven siblings. She was raised in Hawaii and later moved to her mother's home country, England.

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