Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
After trying his luck in doing double roles, which turned out to be a disaster a couple of years ago, the most appealing young star of Malayalam, Prithviraj is now making it work in a triple role.
The new film, in fact, his first film with ace director Shaji Kailas will feature the young star in tripleroles. Titled 'M G Road', this action thriller will be scripted by director A K Sajan, who gave him his first action hit in 'Stop Violence'.
Produced by Muraleedharan in the banner of Parco group, the movie will also feature three heroines.
Narain replaces writer-director-actor Ranjith who was originally supposed to do this role.
The shoot of this commercial masala film starts in Kochi from April 27. Bhavana is playing the heroine in this film.
Monday, April 27, 2009
This is the first time both these youngsters are coming together, that too with a senior director like Joshy. The movie which is a heist thriller about a hi-tech thriller who specialises in robbing ATM's will have Narain who is a cop under cover to catch the trouble maker.
Earlier Renjith has opted to keep himself out of the movie, due to his hectic schedules with the two films that he is directing shortly.
‘Robinhood’ in the scripts of Sachi-Sethu will kick of its shooting by the 27th of this month at Ernakulam. Prithviraj will join the sets of the movie, by the first week of May.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
19 Steps, a co-production with Walt Disney Films, was announced in August last year, but casting and production designing has not been finalised. The film will star Kamalhassan, Asin and popular Japanese superstar and martial arts fighter Tadanobu Asano, and will be a blend of Indian and Japanese martial arts.The film has been scripted by five-time national award winner MT Vasudevan Nair and will feature the music of AR Rahman. Shooting for 19 Steps is expected to commence in August this year. The film will be made simultaneously in Tamil, Malayalam, English, Hindi and Japanese.
Mani Ratnam’s film:
His career graph took time to rise but clever choice of roles and determination have made him one of the busiest stars in South India today. He will soon be acting in a Mani Ratnam film with Vikram and Aiswarya Rai. “Mani Ratnam is one of the reasons I am in films,” he says. He is delighted at the opportunity.However, bitten by the acting bug so early, Prithiviraj never got around to completing his college studies. Does it bother him? “Not really. But it would have been better if my entry into tinsel town had happened a little later. On hindsight, I feel that cinema was always my destination. I wish I had gone to New York University or some place like that to study cinema,” says the star.Prithviraj is a good cook too…
But he feels that his two years in Tasmania helped him grow as a person. “I became more independent. I learnt to do everything, from washing and cooking to managing my finances, on my own.”“I am a very good cook,” he adds with a grin. “I can cook exotic Chinese dishes that I learnt from my friends, who were women, by the way.” But cooking is not his hobby. That is something he does well. Like singing, a talent he seems to have inherited from his mother, Mallika Sukumaran. “Ranjith wanted me to do a song in ‘Rock n’ Roll’ but I wriggled out of it,” he laughs.
Prithiviraj is into books and his eclectic tastes have him reading books that range from thrillers and pulp fiction to tomes on cinema and philosophy. “I think my brother, Indrajith, and I inherited the passion for reading from my father, Sukumaran, who was a voracious reader. He would read nine newspapers and the collection we had at home would beat that in many local college libraries. He had a thirst for knowledge,” recalls Prithiviraj.
Perhaps it is that desire to learn that finds Prithviraj taking a keen interest in the minutiae that goes into filmmaking. “If there is something new on a set, say a new camera, I make it a point to understand its working within two days. I try and glean as much knowledge as I can about it.”
Talk about cinema and Prithviraj becomes animated. He feels that Indian cinema in general and Malayalam cinema in particular must adapt the best of international technology but look for “content and stories within our culture and language.” “Why should we borrow stories from Hollywood or Bollywood? Our literature is so rich and diverse. But there is a dearth of good scriptwriters in Malayalam cinema. And I think we should have more films in English. That is one of the ways to cater to the world,” he points out.
“Ten years from now, I see myself as a director and a producer with my own production house that will, hopefully, make good films. Not just films in Malayalam and Tamil but Indian films in English that will appeal to regional and international audiences,” says the actor.Marriage:
And, marriage? “Yes, that is on the cards. But only to someone I come to know well enough and am comfortable with.”There was no time for more.
Prithviraj was taking a break from a shoot at Vismaya Max at Kazhakuttam, in the outskirts of the city.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Prithviraj has been acting in the magnum opus Ravan or Asokavanam by the ace director . But Fortune has been gracious enough to offer him The 19th Step, an international project under the direction of Bharat with Kamal Hassan, and the Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano. The script has been handled by none other than the veteran writer M.T. Vasudevan Nair.
As often rightly said, every fortune comes with a tag. So when our hero Prithviraj was floating in the seventh heaven, misfortune struck him in the form of Mani Ratnam's heart attack and the scheduled shooting of the much awaited movie Ravan got delayed. The actor is now caught in a fix as to whether he would be able to make it to both Ravan and The 19th Step. Prithviraj known for his choice of movies and scripts has however decided to give top priority to before moving forward in search of greener pastures
How it happened
I come from a family of actors — my father Sukumaran and mother Mallika were actors. My brother Indrajith is an actor too. In fact, he’s playing an important role in Sarvam. But, I never dreamt of acting. When I was doing my computer engineering in Australia, I came down for vacation. Director Fazil introduced me to director Renjith, who was looking for a new face for his directorial debut Nandanam. Later, I debuted in Tamil with K.V. Anand’s Kana Kanden.
How it felt
I was happy to see myself on the screen, but felt I must improve a lot. I was one of those people who had no idea what they wanted. However, finally, I am doing something I like. I like the rush of adrenalin, the kick that acting gives. I want to die an actor.
How life changed
Not much. I’ve done 45 films, including seven in Tamil. Now I am doing Ninaithaley Innikkum, a Tamil remake of the Malayalam hit Classmate. I feel I must work harder to reach a certain level in acting.
How did acting happen for Prithviraj? While doing his engineering in Australia, Prithviraj flwe down to spend his holiday in Chennai. At that time, director Fazil, who met him, introduced him to director Renjith. But as Fazil expected, Renjith could not include him in his directorial debut Nandanam; Prithviraj's much-awaited debut happened in Tamil through K.V.Anand's Kana Kanden. Though Prithviraj stepped into moviedom by default, after his debut, he was happy to see himself on screen and gradually took a liking to his profession. Eventually he has also identified a deep passion and dedication in the creative field. Now after 45 films with seven in Tamil including the superhit Mozhi, Prithviraj is shooting for Ninaithale Inikkum a remake of the Malayalam film Classmates.
The actor was recently quoted saying — “What I enjoy about acting is the adrenaline rush. When the director says, ‘Action’, there is a huge rush of adrenaline, I don’t know why. I just love the feeling of becoming somebody else.”
The latest about the actor is that he has been offered a role in the Bharath Bala directed 19 Steps starring Kamal Haasan, Asin and Tadanobu. We hear that Prithviraj wants to do the film badly as the script is by MT Vasudevan Nair, who has written many memorable dialogues in Malayalam cinema for Prithviraj’s father Sukumaran.
However, Prithviraj is facing date problems as the shoot of Raavan is getting delayed. He will be able to do 19 Steps only if Mani Ratnam is able to complete his magnum opus, as the shoot of Bharath Bala’s film starts in the first week of August.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
படத்தின் பெரும் பகுதி கேரளாவில் படமாக்கப்படுகிறது. ஆகஸ்ட் முதல் வாரத்தில் கேரளாவில் படப்பிடிப்பு தொடங்குகிறது. பின்னர் சீனாவுக்கு செல்கிறார்கள்.
இப்படத்தில் தற்போது பசுபதியும், பிருத்விராஜும் இணைந்துள்ளனர். பசுபதி கமலுடன் இணைவது இது 3வது முறையாகும். கமல்ஹாசனின் விருமாண்டி பசுபதிக்கு பெரிய பிரேக்காக அமைந்தது. இதையடுத்து மும்பை எக்ஸ்பிரஸ் படத்திலும் நடித்தார். தற்போது 3வது முறையாக கமலுடன் இணைகிறார்.
திறமையாளர்களை தட்டிக் கொடுத்து தூக்கி விடும் திறமைசாலியான கமல்ஹாசன், நாசருக்கு அடுத்து பசுபதியை தனது படங்களில் அடிக்கடி பயன்படுத்த ஆரம்பித்துள்ளார் என்பது குறிப்பிடத்தக்கது.
இதேபோல கமல்ஹாசனுடன் முதல் முறையாக இணைகிறார் பிருத்விராஜ்.
ஏகப்பட்ட திறமைசாலிகள் இணைந்து கலக்கப் போவதால் 19 ஸ்டெப்ஸ் படம் குறித்த எதிர்பார்ப்பு ஏகமாகியுள்ளது.
Now, the latest we hear is that Prithviraj, who is currently busy with ace Mani Ratman's budget bilingual film tentatively titled Ravan/ Asokavanam, is facing date problems as the shoot of Ravan was delayed after director Mani Ratnam was hospitalized after a minor heart attack.
Though Prithviraj wants to do The 19th Step, as the script is by the legendary Malayalam writer M.T. Vasudevan Nair, who has won four national awards for best screenplay, it is heard that his top priority is Mani Ratnam’s Ravan. So Prithviraj will be able to do The 19th Step only if Mani Ratnam completes his magnum opus before Bharath Bala starts shooting in the first week of August. Stay with us for more updates.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Joemon, who had directed five Mammootty starrers ('Samrajyam', 'Jackpot', 'Anashwaram', 'Siddhartha' and 'Bhargavacharitham Moonnaam Khandam'), is also the director of films like 'Yaadhavam' (Suresh Gopi-Narendra Prasad-Khushboo), 'Karma' (Suresh Gopi) and 'Unnathangalil' (a Manoj.K.Jayan-Lal starrer, in which Mohanlal had done a cameo).
Joemon's Prithviraj starrer would feature script by T.Damodaran, the man behind many big hits. Script work for the film is reportedly in progress and more details, about the theme and the cast, are awaited.
Ninaithale Inikkum starring Prithviraj, Priyamani, Karthi and Sakthi is an edge-seated thriller…
Hold on for a moment!! If you have ever thought that ‘Ninaithale Inikkum’ is a romantic entertainer set at the backdrops of college life, change your ideas. Patently, it’s a film about the lives of youth gangs in college campus that’s brimmed with joys, pains, love and miseries. But everything is set on the lines of a murder mystery. The film has a particular batch of students gathering for the reunion. On the pars, the same occasion is taken for paying homage to a student Murali (Karthik) who had passed away during the academic year. As the occasion of reunion is considered to be bringing the nostalgic memories, there goes a happy celebration. But that doesn’t persist for a long time, as Prithviraj’s neck is choked by a guitar string in his room when he was boozed up. Here begins the flashbacks and the present time that leads to unexpected thrills when reasons behind Prithviraj’s pathetic condition.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Even as Raavan’s shoot has been put on hold, eyes haven’t stopped looking in Mani Ratnam’s direction, as he is convalescing following a heart attack. The ace director is still in hospital and this is expected to stall the film’s shoot for over a month. The plan, originally, was to start a new schedule of shoot in Kerala from tomorrow.
The director, who is still in the hospital, is said to be responding well to treatment. The maverick filmmaker’s spokesperson vouches that his health is safe and he should be out from the hospital and on the sets soon.
As of now, only one person has access to the director’s ward, and that is his wife Suhasini. It is said that the actress is the one to tell others about his health condition, as he has refused to see anybody else.
Industry bigwigs, all of who has worked with the director, are thronging to see him and convey their wishes. But the director hasn’t budged and Suhasini is still the only one to have access to him.
Mani Ratnam’s health has postponed shooting, and this is expected to cause delays in the finally release of the film, as the heavy duty star cast of the problem is said to have jam-packed dates.
South India's talented actor Prithviraj has been roped in for a meaty roles in director Bharat Bala's international venture The 19th Step, simultaneously made in Tamil, English and Japanese with 'Ulaga Nayagan' Kamal Haasan, new Bollywood sensation Asin and Japanese superstar Tadanobu Asano in the lead roles.
Produced by Bala in association with Walt Disney, this film is expected to go on floors in August 2009 and will be released in late 2009 or early 2010. Major parts of the shooting will be in Kerala. The shoot is likely to start in the first week of August and will later move to China.
The 19th Step is based on a script written by the well-known Malayalam writer M.T. Vasudevan Nair, who has won four national awards for best screenplay. A.R. Rahman will score music along with the Japanese composer Joe Hisashi. Sound mixing is by Resul Pookutty.
The film revolves around a Japanese samurai warrior (Tadanobu Asano), who travels to Kerala to learn the secrets of the ancient Dravidian martial art 'Kalaripayattu' that gave birth to Karate and Chinese Kung Fu from a veteran martial art trainer (Kamal Haasan). He later falls in love with a beautiful Chera princess (Asin). How he wins her love forms the core of the story.
Prithviraj, the handsome Malayalam actor, is hoping for the best. With a string of films successfully completed, he is currently busy with Raavan directed by Mani Ratnam and Ninaithaale Inikkum apart from other films.
According to latest updates, the actor is booked till end of 2010 and has absolutely no time to even know which city he is currently in!
Unconfirmed reports suggest that the actor is likely to be cast in 19 Steps directed by Bharat Bala and produced by Walt Disney. The film also stars Kamal Haasan, Asin and Tadanobu Asano.
Prithviraj would love to do the film scripted by M.T. Vasudevan Nair, who is a legend when it comes to writing dialogues. However, the actor is also shooting for Mani Ratnam's Raavan, which might be delayed since the ace director was hospitalized recently.
Prithiviraj will sure have to strike a balance and do a juggling act if he wants a piece of both cakes!