Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Ash is the hero: Vikram

Vikram, who makes his debut alongside Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the three versions of Raavan in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu (the dubbed version), got to share the most daunting experiences in the jungles of Kerala including dancing high above water-level on very slippery rocks.

Says Vikram, “Yes, it was quite an experience. I’m a good fighter, but not quite the dancer. I’ve always felt that Madhuri Dixit was the best dancer ever. But then, I saw how Aishwarya held her own in Devdas. I thought it was fantastic. So, while shooting for Raavan, I just forgot my own steps and kept staring. Every hero from the south wants to work with her at some point in his career. I got my opportunity finally. It’s wonderful that I’m making my Hindi debut with her. It’s strange how every Miss World and Miss Universe enters movies. But who has had the lingering impact of Aishwarya? She has some kind of an enduring aura. Over the years, she has really evolved as an actor.”

Vikram says Aishwarya is a hero in Raavan. “There are three main characters, Abhishek, Aishwarya and me. I’ve done a lot of tortuous sequences in the past. But this one takes the cake and the ache. And Aishwarya suffered all the wounds, pain, fever and insect bites heroically in the forest. For all the dangerous scenes, she hardly ever used a dupe. She was totally up to the task, though she fell ill quite a few times.”

Playing Aishwarya’s noble husband in the Hindi version and then the dark outlaw who kidnaps her in Tamil was not easy for Vikram. “And we had to do it in two consecutive shots,” he explains, “It was very exciting for me. When you see Raavan in two languages, you wouldn’t recognise me as the same person in both. I had to change my body language and look completely. Even in Anniyan, I tried various looks. It comes from my drama background in school.”

Mani Ratnam has shot four climax sequences for Raavana. Which one will he choose?

Director Mani Ratnam started shooting Raavana in 2007 and today, he is still not sure how to end his film. Still undecided over what makes an apt climax for the film, he is flitting between four options. He has shot four potential climaxes in Malshej, but no one on the set knows which one he is likely to go with.

A source from the unit said, “The first ending has Raavana winning over Sita (Aishwarya Rai). Another option is that she goes the conventional way and returns to Ram.” The third and fourth options make life easier for Mani: either Ram dies or Raavana meets his end. So, that closes one door for Sita and she is less burdened by the choice.

Perhaps Mani doesn’t want to court controversy and hence, he is, literally speaking, keeping his options open. Having fallen prey to controversy in the past with films like Bombay, where religion was a touchy issue, maybe he hopes that with time, he will be able to arrive at a well thought out conclusion.

Will the Hindi and the Tamil version have the same climax? Who knows? Maybe Abhishek Bachchan, who plays Raavana in the Hindi version, will live happily ever after with Aishwarya Rai, like in real life.

The spokesperson of the film said, “ The climax has already been shot. In fact, Abhishek has finished dubbing too.”

Raavan becomes Raavanan in Tamil

It’s official Mani Ratnam’s Ravanaa in Hindi will be titled as Raavanan in Tamil.

The Tamil version has Vikram, Aiswarya Rai and Prithviraj in the lead with Priyamani, Prabhu, Karthik and Munna in supporting roles.

Raavanan had an earlier working title Asoka Vanam in Tamil and has music by AR Rahman, with ace cameraman Santosh Sivan as the cinematographer.

The audio launch of Ravanaa and Raavanan will take place in the last week of April in Mumbai and Chennai respectively after Rahman comes back from his world tour.

Both the versions of the film are scheduled to release simultaneously on June 18, worldwide.

Bomb blasting Mani

Mani Ratnam, the impeccable director we know, has gone another step to prove his eye for detail.

Mani Ratnam, on the sets of ‘Raavan’ that is almost complete, shot a risky scene along with the stunt director, Sham Kaushal who worked on every aspect of the scene to come out well.

Inspired by a real life incident that happened to Mani Ratnam, he wanted a similar scene with a petrol bomb that blasts while the lead pair Aishwarya Rai and Vikram walk in front of it.

The scene was such that the bomb blasts in mid-air, just before it lands on the ground. The actors were only 15 feet before the point of landing, and Vikram and Aishwarya had agreed to do the risky scene as Mani thought would appear great on screen.

Once the risky scene was over, Mani was happy with the end product and congratulated the actors and Sham Kaushal for the dedication.

This is not the first time Mani Ratnam has tried something risky, even during the shooting of ‘Bombay’ and escaped from an accident.

With so much effort being put in the movie, let us hope nothing else bombs!

Cannes Premiere for ‘Raavan’

Earlier it was said Mani Ratnam will premiere his ‘Raavan’ at the IIAFA Awards in Seoul later this year. But now the news is that the ace director is going to France with his lead artistes to premiere ‘Raavan’ at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

Sourced also said Mani will premiere the Hindi original version of ‘Raavan’ on May 14 at the festival. Abhishek, Aishwarya, and Vikram who are the lead players in the Hindi versions are also expected to travel to Cannes to participate at the festival.

Few days ago Mani Ratnam had officially announced that the music of his buzzing film will be launched in April and the movie will release in June.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Pokkiri Raja New Still

Tune into ‘Raavan’ from April

Mani Ratnam has officially announced that the music of his buzzing film 'Raavan' will be launched in April. The film is also almost complete and will release in June according to the direct sources.

Sources also say the songs have come out great under A R Rahman and they will be in perfect harmony with A R Rahman's international success. And A R Rahman has never failed in a Mani film.

‘Raavan’ will be released in June simultaneously all over India in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu versions. Sources also said Mani Ratnam has retained the title 'Raavan' for all the versions while Tamil version will not have the striking 'Ashokavanam' as heard before.

With enviable star cast of Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Vikram, Prithviraj and others ‘Raavan’ is one of the biggest and most expected movies of the year.

The music launch is expected to have on dais not only Aishwarya but also Abhishek Bachchan in Chennai.

Is Prithviraj a Jihadi lover?

The big question being asked in film circles is whether Prithviraj’s Amal Neerad directed Anwar about “Love Jihad”?

Love Jihad, was widely reported in coastal Kerala and Karnataka where young handsome Muslim boys reportedly targeted college girls belonging to non-Muslim communities for conversion to Islam by feigning love.

Last year the matter created a furore in Kerala after various “investigative reports” in the media highlighted it. Finally the Kerala High Court had to intervene and ask the state police and Union Home Ministry to probe the matter.

The buzz is that the thread of Amal’s Anwar is based on “Love Jihad” with Prithviraj playing a Muslim youth Anwar who lures Mamta a non-Muslim and converts her and later makes her join his terrorist outfit.

Prakashraj will play a deadly cop Stalin who heads the anti-terrorist squad who is on a mission to uncover the “Love Jihad” operations of terrorists. The others in the cast are Lal, Saikumar, Geetha and a few other Pathan looking villains from Bollywood.

The shooting of Anwar started last week in Kochi. Prithviraj himself has told a Malayalam magazine that Amal has discussed everything about the film and it would be the director’s best film till date that will tackle a social issue.

During the first schedule of the film, Prithviraj got injured while doing some deadly action scenes

Sunday, March 28, 2010

ராவன் ஆடியோ ஏப்ரல் மாதம் வெளியாகும் : மேனேஜர் நிகில்

மணிரத்னம் இயக்கும் ராவணன் படம் குறித்து இதுவரை வதந்திகள் மற்றும் புகார் களாகவே செய்திகள் வந்து கொண்டிருந்தன. ஆனால் முதல்முறையாக ஒரு அதிகாரப்பூர்வ செய்தியை வெளியிட்டுள்ளார் மணிரத்னத்தின் மீடியா மேனேஜர் நிகில்.

படம் கிட்டத்தட்ட முடிவடைந்து விட்டதாகவும் வருகிறத ப்ரல் மாதம் படத்தின் ஆடியோ வெளியாகும் என்றும் அவர் கூறியுள்ளார்.

ரஹ்மான் இசையில் அனைத்துப் பாடல்களும் அழகாக வந்துள்ளதாகத் தெரிவித்துள்ள அவர், வரும் ஜூன் மாதம் ராவணன் இந்தியா முழுக்க தமிழ், தெலுங்கு, இந்தி ஆகிய 3 மொழிகள் நேரடியாக வெளியாகிறது என்றார். தமிழிலும் இந்தப் படத்துக்கு ராவணன் என்றே பெயரிடப்பட்டுள்ளது. முதலில் அசோகவனம் என்ற தலைப்பை மணிரத்னம் தேர்வு செய்திருந்ததாகக் கூறப்பட்டது.

ஒருவழியாக இப்போதுதான் ரிலீஸ் கட்டத்தை நெருங்கியிருக்கிறது.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Rachana Maurya to do a item song with Mammooty & Prithviraj in Pokkiri Raja.

Pokkiri Raja Location

ANWAR New Stills

Pokkiri Raja New Stills

Vaishakh plans his next

Vaishakh, who started big commercial films with the recent mammootty-prithvi movie ‘Pokkiri Raja' will team up with superstar Mammootty for his next venture. The movie which is planned to be on the scripts of Benny .p. Nayaramabalam will have the megastar in the role of a goonda turned politician in the backdrop of humor.

Vaishakh who was earlier a assistant director of Johny Anthony and Joshi, turned independent director with 'Pokkiri Raja' which is on final pack up. Vaishakh will start shooting for this Mammootty flick by the early weeks of September 2010.

Mammootty on The Set of Pokkiri Raja !!! (Chenthengin Song Shoot)

Police Police on April 9

Police Police is a film that may act as a comeback launch for Kamalinee Mukherjee, starring herself alongside Tamil actor Sri Ram. Prithvi Raj and Sanjana play the other important cast in the movie.

Directed by Manmohan, the film is produced by Pinnacle Pictures PVT Ltd. “The plot is about the different views of two police officers. The system they work in is the same yet how they differ in undertaking different routes to reach their goal is the story line of ‘Police Police’. We have based the movie on current day scenario and how the juridical system of Police works in day-to-day life. A criticism based on the pros and cons of our department is the main theme. A whole lot of real life incidents have been taken into consideration to make this end-end action entertainer,” says the director.

Producer Chandu relayed on the director’s comment and said that even though the plot is quite similar to cop stories, the movie will be presented in its unique style.

The maker expressed their sincere effort to make this high budget movie entertaining. The audio and movie has been planned for a February release for which the work is being done in rapid succession.

Other important cast of the film includes, Brahmaji, Vikram, Dandapani, 'Ahuthi' Prasad, Prasad Babu, Amit, Giri. Editing is by Srikar Prasad and music is composed by Viswa, Sai Karthik. Art is PS Varma and cinematography is by Bharani K Dharan.

'Anwar' will be Amal Neerad's best film: Prithviraj

Young superstar Prithviraj who is currently shooting for Amal Neerad's 'Anwar' in Cochin has very high hopes for the film.

"Amal has discussed almost everything about the film with me. Though almost every film claims that it has a social responsibility, this is one film that actually deals with such an issue," Prithvi said in his interview with a prominent film magazine.

"Anwar would be Amal Neerad's best film as yet. I wouldn't say that this would offer the viewer an experience that he has never had till now. But I can guarantee that this would be a really good film," Prithvi added.

"What is wrong for me might be right for you, and viceversa. The film would be an analysis of these rights and wrongs based on facts. 'Anwar' would be a fresh expercnce, because it is a suspense stopry that realistically views certain human conditions," the actor concluded.

ANWAR New Stills

Shriya Saran on Twitter !!

How is Prithvi ???
had lots of fun pulling small pranks on him..haha, fun messing up his scenes..he's cool most of the times ;) haha joking
Prithviraj injured ???
feeling bad for Prithvi, he should really take rest...
How was the experience with our Mammooty ??
no words.. i was nervous but he was easy going ...


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Pokkiri Raja Audio Release & Making

Pokkiri Raja "Kettille Kettille" PRITHVIRAJ Version Songs

Mammootty & Mahadevan Thampy on The Set of Pokkiri Raja !!!

Prithviraj injured during 'Anwar' shoot

Young superstar Prithviraj suffered minor injuries during the shooting of the Amal Neerad film 'Anwar'.

Prithvi was reportedly admitted to a private hospital, from where he was discharged soon after. How the accident occurred is not exactly known.

'Anwar' is a film that deals with terrorism and involves several action sequences. Prithviraj is known to act in action sequences without the aid of a dupe.

'Anwar' has a story written by the director himself. Mamta Mohandas is the heroine.

Pokkiri Raja New Stills

Anwar Rasheed with Prithvi

Young star Prithviraj who has given a green signal for a dozen new projects has given a positive nod to one more big project.

Superhit director Anwar Rasheed with an impressive track record of hatrick superhits will call the shots to the new Prithviraj Movie tentatively titled as ‘Vei Raja Vei’. To be scripted by Benny P Nayarambalam, the movie will be a colourful thriller laced with plenty of humour. ‘Vei Raja Vai’ will get into sets much before many projects of Prithviraj which are presently in the preproduction stages.

Anwar Rasheed is the only director in recent times who had been able to convert his first three movies ‘Raajamanickyam, Chotta Mumbai and Annan Thampi’ into mega blockbusters.

He has even surprised his critics with the short film 'Bridge' which was rated the best in the 'Kerala Cafe- a collection of short movies'.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Thanthonni - Is not up to the hype

Thanthonni Movie Review : Thanthonni - Is not up to the hype

Imitation and recreation had been definitely one of the ways to emerge into better creative results. Believing in this notion, the creators of the mass masala movie ‘Thanthonny’ have did their very best to indulge in copy pasting many sequences of the hit movies of the past to create a potpourri, reminding us of many bigger hits like Basha, Usthad to Devasuram. Even with this shortcomings that boost predictability factors, the movie has its moments, which may qualify it into an above average run at the Box Office.

The movie has Prithviraj as a rebel hero, even in his own big joint patriarchal family named Valiyaveettil which boasts of a current generation of IAS officers, IPS officer and even a state minister. Prithvi is 'Kochukunju', who is the spoilt grandson of Kochousepph and only son of Kathrina, whose three big brothers are in control of the family affairs.

He has a mysterious past when he was thrown out of his home to roam around in the north, and to return home only after a decade. Within an hour into the proceedings we are let known that Kochukunju is not a spoilt brat but a dogooder who holds a big secret, which makes him behave like that in the open.

The entire first half is devoted to build up the hero, his fancies, punchlines ,his romance and even a favourite song. Kochukunju repeatedly skips the family meeting to divide their ancestral shares. He has to prove something to everyone including his wealthy uncles, who had done something reckless in the past to make his life in turmoil.

What is that big secret deal and how Kochukunju finds ways to prove himself, forms the rest of the movie.

Prithviraj tries his level best to be in the shoes of actors like Mohanlal, even attempting to do some lighter sequences and comic dialogues, but with limited success. Sheela as the heroine Helen, who is after Kochukonju doesn't have much to show than her skimpy costumes, while the rest of the cast including Ambika, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Captain Raju, Ramu, Sureshkrishna and Sadiq have limited space to do anything significant. P Vasu, Jagathy and Saikumar appear in cameos which won't do much favour to the narratives.

T A Shahid's scripts has some interesting dialogues interspersed in between, but struggles most of the time to strike a balance between heroism and emotions. The presentations that boasts of 4200 windmills and 1500 crores of assets definitely demanded much seasoned ways and actors to handle, at least for the Malayalam audience who always looks for logic in between lines.

More illogical is the attempt of the members from a 1500 crore family, to sell it out to secure 300 crores to invest in a harbour project. The way to the climax is very predictable with not so engaging fight sequences. Debutant director George Vargese has packed the movie with Shajikailash-Renjithian styles of presentation but also fails to cover up the shortcomings in the scripts.

Sajith Menon's camera work is also mediocre while Bijith Bala has tried ways to cut it to slick sequencing. Tej Mervin's songs are average with one ''Kaatu Paranjathum'' which offers a soulful hearing.

With an age old formula that had done the trick to many superstars of present day cinema, Prithviraj would have liked an easy walkover with similar powerful packaging. But that is where the movie falters. With illogical narratives which find it harder to win hearts and believe about a 25 year old billionaire, ‘Thanthonny’ will not qualify for those who demand a fresher construct or repeated viewing.

Prescribed exclusively for the die hard fans of the rebel star of Mollywood.

Prithviraj: I have no time for love

Actor Prithviraj talks about his fathers death, his mother and about link ups and more.

Prithviraj: No political parties match my ideology

Actor Prithviraj talks about his ideology, politics and more.

Prithviraj: I want to become brand ambassador of Malayalam films

Actor Prithviraj talks about his career, ambitions and more.

Prithviraj: Indrajith is talented than me

Actor Prithviraj talks about Mani Ratnam, his family members, films and more.

Prithviraj: Immaturity behind Thilakan-AMMA issue

Actor Prithviraj talks about the ongoing controversy in Malayalam cinema and explains his stand on the issues.

Prithviraj: Mohanlal, Mammootty never hindered my growth

Pokkiri Raja New Stills


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Price : Rs. 75

Singers : Ananthu, Anwar, Jassie Gift, Malathy, Prithviraj, Ranjith, Rijiya, Suchithra, Sujatha, Vijay Yesudas, Yesudas

Composer : Jassie Gift

Lyricist : Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri

Size : 18.61 MB

Duration : 19.4 min.

Year : 2010

Shipping : Available

Direction : Vyshak

Producer : Tomichan Mulakuppadam

Starring : Mammootty, Prithviraj, Shriya Saran, Nedumudi Venu, Siddique, Saikumar, Vijaya Ragavan, Innocent, Sooraj Venjaranmoodu, Salimkumar & Others.

Track List

01 Manikkinavin Kothumbuvallam [Yesudas, Sujatha]
02 Kettille Kettille [Vijay Yesudas, Anwar, Rijiya]
03 Chenthengin Ponnilaneer [Ranjith, Anwar, Suchithra, Ananthu]
04 Manikyakkallin [Jassie Gift, Malathy, Ananthu]
05 Kettille Kettille [Prithviraj, Vijay Yesudas, Rijiya]

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Prithvi too with Jayaram in 'Makeup Man'

Jayaram and Prithviraj would be seen on screen for the first time, in 'Makeup Man', to be directed by Shafi.

'Makeup Man' has been scripted by Sachi-Sethu who had scripted the hit films like 'Chocolate' and 'Robinhood'.

Earlier it was announced that 'Makeup Man' would be a solo hero film. However, in the course of scripting, it was discovered that the script had scope for another hero, and Prithviraj has been roped in.

The film would also have two heroines, one of which would be Lakshmi Rai. The other heroine is yet to be finalized.

Shafi had last directed 'Chattambi Nadu', the Mammootty starrer that had been a hit at the box-office. M Renjith would produce the film under the banner of Rajaputra.

Thanthonni opens well (Kerala)