Thursday, September 30, 2010

Kelu Nayanar, Arakkal Ayesha and Vavali


Any guesses what the headline is trying to explain? Well, these are the names of the characters played by Prithiviraj, Genelia and Prabhu Deva in Santosh Sivan’s ‘Urumi’, respectively.

Says Prithviraj, who is also one of the producers of the period film, “Santosh Sivan narrated me the script long back and things are finally in place now. It is an intense story with a universal appeal”.

Besides Prithviraj, Prabhu Deva and Genelia, the film also has top stars like Vikram, Vidya Balan, Tabu, Nithya Menon, Jagathy Sreekumar and Amol Gupte. Also, more than 40 British actors are there in the film.

“We managed to bring many big names together thanks to the script. Everyone will have enough importance be it a full fledged role or a special appearance. Santosh Sivan is ensuring that the film is shaping up well”, Prithviraj adds.

SOURCE : http://www.indiaglitz.com/channels/tamil/article/60404.html

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

ANWAR Official Trailer



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Vikram's cameo in URUMI


Cheeyan Vikram has left everyone guessing as to what he will be doing next. Announcement of new projects taken up and more announcements of dropping projects, Vikram has not revealed much of late.

But what we know for sure is that Vikram will be doing a cameo in the much expected historical film ‘Urumy’ in Malayalam.

The film is directed by Santosh Sivan and has Prithviraj and Genelia in main lead roles. Prabhu Deva does an important role.

With Santosh Sivan at the helm of affairs his influence is attracting many biggies to do cameos. Tabu and Vidya Balan have agreed to be a guest in the film and now Vikram is also added to the list.

As days go by the film is likely become a true multi starrer with more names adding up. A fan doesn’t complain.

SOURCE : http://www.indiaglitz.com//channels/tamil/article.asp?aid=60396

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Urumi is a ballad on brave warriors: Santosh Sivan


Santosh Sivan's love for history was evident in his 'Asoka', which starred Shah Rukh Khan in the title role.

Recently, he has become a hero with 'Makara Manju', a period film on the life of renowned painter Raja Ravi Varma (He plays the legendary artist!). His love for things with a touch of history can be seen in the way he crafts his frames. Just think of the romantic glow his visuals irradiate in 'Perunthachan'.

The camera artist, who loves to recreate times of yore, is back with another period film, 'Urumi'. The film revisits a turbulent time in the history of Kerala in the early part of 16th century. The land had become a hotbed of discontent and rage following the cruel deeds of Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama.

Santosh Sivan said that he was making 'Urumi' on the lines of a ballad. It is about a small group of warriors who had the audacity of spirit and will power to take on the might of money-rich traders and their private armies, he explained. He was speaking in an interview to a national daily.

Santosh says that though the Malabar coast had been in touch with several foreign traders for centuries, they had never faced a situation similar to the one brought about by Gama's arrival. His acts fuelled a cataclysmic change in the socio-political situation. The movie is set in such a period when Chirakkal Kelu Nayanar and his band of men decide to send Gama to his death. The film is set in the period between 1502 and 1524. The movie is about the repercussions of his journey in world history.

The multilingual film has a pan Indian cast: They include Prithviraj, Tabu, Genelia D'Souza, Prabhu Deva and Amol. The shooting for the film is progressing at Malshej Ghat in Maharashtra. Deepak Dev has scored the music.

SOURCE : http://www.filmydum.com/top-stories/2207/urumi-is-a-ballad-on-brave-warriors-santosh-sivan

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Prakash Raj proud of Prithviraj


Prakash Raj congratulated Prithviraj on his 'Urumi' and said that he was proud of his younger colleague's work.

On Twitter, Prakash Raj said to Raju: "...I'm very proud of u for URMI Prithvi.heard so much from prabhudeva too. Anwar is looking good too. Keep rocking!!!"

Raju thanked him and said that he would try not to disappoint the veteran actor. The duo star together in 'Anwar', a soon to be released film in Malayalam, by Amal Neerad.

Prithiraj has been doing some tough action scenes for 'Urumi' at Malshej Ghat for the pasr couple of days. Under the blazing sun and unbearable heat, he was busy fighting some Portuguese stuntmen. He tweeted: "Scorching hot that is. So here we go...let's kick some Portuguese ass !"

In the Santosh Sivan film, Prithviraj plays the leader of a band of warriors who were out to kill Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama.

SOURCE : http://www.filmydum.com/top-stories/2197/prakash-raj-proud-of-prithviraj

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RAAVANAN a big hit in film festivals


Mani Ratnam has just returned from Venice after receiving the 'jaeger-le coultre - glory to the filmmaker award' where his RAAVAN & RAAVANAN won him much appreciation and a standing ovation from the 600 strong special delegate audience. He is also the sole Indian to ever be awarded this prestigious award.

But looking at the impressive lineup of invites from international and prestigious festivals for the films it's clear that RAAVAN and RAAVANAN is a critical hit worldwide.

After Venice is the PUSAN International Film Festival in South Korea (Oct 7th to 15th 2010) where both the films will be screened.

The others festivals where the Mani Ratnam film in both or either version will be showcased are the following:

* SITGES Film Festival, Spain (Oct 7th to 17th 2010) - Spanish Premier - RAAVAN (Hindi)

* Mostra De Valencia, Spain (Oct 15th to 23rd 2010) - Action Section (Competition Section) - RAAVAN (Hindi)

* MONTREAL-INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF NEW CINEMA, Canada (Oct 13th to 24th 2010) - Canadian Premier - RAAVANAN (Tamil)

* Tokyo International Film Festival, Japan (Oct 23rd to 31st 2010) - Winds of Asia-Middle East Section - RAAVAN (Hindi)

* Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festiva, New York (Nov 12th 2010) - New York Premier - RAAVANAN (Tamil)

* Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Australia (Dec 2nd 2010) - Competition Section - RAAVAN (Hindi)

* International Film Festival, Goa - Indian Panaroma Section - RAAVANAN (Tamil)


SOURCE : http://www.glamsham.com/movies/scoops/10/sep/27-raavan-and-raavanan-a-big-hit-in-film-festivals-091011.asp

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Anwar to Release on 15th October


Prithviraj has had it made. The man is working furiously and he has received critical accolade for his work. It looks like the film Anwar is a new one, and it would feature Prithviraj and Mamta Mohandas in the lead. The film would also feature Lal and Prakash Raj in important roles.

The film would be releasing on the 15th of October, right in time for Navarathri, and the film would be Prithviraj's offering for the month of October. Prithviraj would also be seen in the film Thriller where he plays the role of a cop. Anwar on the other hand would be an action movie with a lot of breathtaking elements to it.

The film was initially going to be released on the 9th of July. But for some technicalities the date got shifted to the 9th of September. However, now the film's release date has been made official, and it is going to be on the 15th of October, according to Amal Neerad, the director of the film. The producer and distributor of the film, Red Carpets, have recently told the theaters about the problem with the movie and the subsequent release date.

SOURCE : http://www.indiglamour.com/article/Malayalam/Anwar-to-Release-on-15th-October201009.html

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Anwar audio is a chartbuster


Amal Neerad directed Anwar audios have been selling like hotcakes.

Songs of this Prithviraj-Mamta starrer has just come to the market and Gopi Sundar the music director has created an impact.

Kizhakku Pookum and Kanninima Neele are the hot favourites in the album and is being shown on television channels. The song sequences are a visual treat which has helped the sale of audios.

Gopi Sundar is a Amal Neeraj favourite and was in charge of his Sagar alias Jacky , which did not work big time. Still Amal kept his faith in Gopi and now he has delivered a chartbuster with Anwar, which has lyrics written by Rafeeque Ahmed.

SOURCE : http://sify.com/movies/fullstory.php?id=14957604

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

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Raavanan enthralls Venice


The Italians loved it! Yes, it was amidst loud cheers and a standing ovation that director Mani Ratnam, his wife Suhasini Mani Ratnam and actor Vikram Kennedy graciously took centre stage after the screening of the Tamil version, Raavanan at the 67th Venice Film Festival.

The film may not have been well-received back home, but the global film fraternity lauded Mani with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award. The list of the earlier recipients of the award is illustrious — Sylvester Stallone, Abbas Kiarostami and Takeshi Kitano. Mani is the first Indian to receive this honour. He was presented with a specially engraved Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso timepiece bearing the Mostra's commemorative seal.

Mani along with Suhasini and Vikram attended a press conference where the curious Italian media peppered Mani with questions ranging from his earlier works to his latest one and also Slumdog Millionaire. Mani had all the answers and also did not shy away from admitting that the Bollywood version of Raavan did go wrong. The trio was ecstatic to be in the scenic city, which has served as a backdrop for many a romantic number in Bollywood. This wasn't Mani's first visit to Venice as he had been here earlier when Yuva was chosen to be screened at the Venice Film Festival in 2004.

SOURCE : http://bollywoodji.com/bollywood/news/2010/09/24/Raavanan-enthralls-Venice/147162

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Saga of romance and revenge



Santosh Sivan's mega project ‘Urumi’, marking Prithviraj's debut as a producer, is in the process of becoming a landmark film in Malayalam.

Santosh Sivan's epic film ‘Urumi' unfolds on a huge canvas that fords time, space, fact and fiction. If ‘Ananthabhadram,' his first feature in Malayalam, blurred myth and reality, the tri-lingual ‘Urumi' in Malayalam, Tamil and English, promises to be an extravaganza that Malayalam cinema has seldom seen on screen. The movie goes back in time to recount a story that takes place after the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama set foot in Kozhikode in 1498.

“For some reason Gama's epochal landing and its aftermath have not found a place on the silver screen. Pepper, the black gold of those times, brought traders to our shore and it had multiple cataclysmic effects on the lives of people on the sub-continent, especially in the coastal regions. Although we have had trading links with the Chinese and the Arabs, Gama's arrival completely changed the socio-political equation,” says Santosh, speaking on the phone from Malshej in Maharashtra, where the shooting of the film is in progress.

Scripted by Shankar Ramakrishnan, the director of ‘Island Express' in the portmanteau film ‘Kerala CafĂ©,' the story of ‘Urumi' is set in the period between 1502 and 1524, especially on events that take place on Gama's last trip to India. His unspeakable cruelty towards Indians and his unreasonable demands create a band of warriors who thirst for revenge.

Glittering cast

A glittering star cast has Prithviraj and Genelia playing the lead roles. Vidya Balan makes her debut in Malayalam cinema in ‘Urumi' and so does Prabhu Deva and Bollwyood actor Amol Gupte. Tabu and Jagathy Srikumar too have major roles in the film.

Prithviraj plays Chirakkal Kelu Nayanar, the leader of a gang that sets out to kill Vasco Da Gama while Genelia plays a warrior princess Arackkal Ayesha; Prabhu Deva is Vavvali, Kelu's close friend. Vidya Balan plays Makkom, an Oracle and a personification of the Goddess.

“It is a meeting place of the best actors in India. It was magical to watch Amol (who acted in ‘Kaminey') as the king of Kolathunadu and Jagathy share the same space. We are looking at a period and an India that was not divided on linguistic lines. I believe that this film will erase the linguistic barriers as there are characters who speak different languages speaking in one voice for a cause and uniting against a common foe,” says Shankar.

He calls it an educative experience to watch a master like Santosh at work on such a multi-lingual film. According to Shankar, although ‘Urumi' chronicles the events in Northern Kerala, characters and incidents give it a pan-Kerala and -India feel.

Santosh, an ardent history buff (remember the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer ‘Asoka'), adds that it is also an attempt to look at history from an Indian perspective as most of our history books were written from a Western perspective.

On the lines of a ballad

He says ‘Urumi' explores the repercussions of a landmark in world history. “We are making it on the lines of a ballad; a paean to those braves who dared take on a band of wily but powerful traders and their armies,” says Santosh.

Music is an organic part of the film as it takes the narrative along. Deepak Dev is composing the five songs for the film, the lyrics of which have been written by Rafeeq Ahmed, Kaithapram, Prashanth Narayan and Chandru.

‘Urumi' is being filmed by three cinematographers – Santosh (who is the director of photography as well), renowned wild-life photographer Alphonse Roy and national award-winning Anjuli Shukla.

“Shooting in the mist-laden Harishchadragad in Malshej valley is a difficult task as the light keeps changing constantly. It rains incessantly and the entire area is covered in slush. So each scene is a challenge. It is a great to be a part of such a talented team,” says Anjuli.

‘Urumi,' being produced by August Cinema, also marks Prithviraj's debut as a producer. Sunil Babu, who had designed the sets of ‘Ghajini' ‘Lakshya' and ‘Ananthabhadram' is the art director of the film that Santosh says is a catchy saga of retribution and romance.

And what about his debut film as a hero? Laughing loudly, he drawls: “That does not worry me. Nothing about cinema stresses me as it is something I enjoy. But I prefer the creation of a film to essaying a character on screen. It is like creating my own world. I agreed to act, only because I was enacting Raja Ravi Varma, whom I revere, in a film directed by someone like Lenin Rajendran.”

While ‘Makara Manju,' marking Santosh's debut as an actor, reaches theatres next month, Santosh will be recreating another period in history through his dream project ‘Urumi.'

SOURCE : http://www.thehindu.com/arts/cinema/article786418.ece

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THE THRILLER - New Posters







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URUMI is the first global cinema in Malayalam: Prithviraj


Young superstar Prithviraj has got his hopes all perked up with his forthcoming film 'Urumi'.

He says it would be the first global film in Malayalam.

'I think 'Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha' and 'Pazhassiraja' were fantastic films. But the lead characters in these films are not that well known across the world. But Vasco Da Gama is a real life character that almost anyone is familiar with. This is why I feel that 'Urumi' would appeal to a bigger audience,' Prithvi said.

'Urumi' is reported to be made on a budget of twenty crores. It would be jointly produced by Prithvi, Santhosh Sivan and Shaji Nadesan.

Besides Prithvi, the film also stars Genelia, Prabhudeva, Tabu and Vidya Balan in key roles.

The shooting of the film is currently on at Maharashtra.

SOURCE : http://m.nowrunning.com/news/item/34976

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URUMI New Movie Stills















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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Jithu with Dileep and Prithviraj


After finding an acceptable success in the industry with ‘Mummy and Me’, young director Jithu Joseph has started the works for his next movies. Jithu will be doing two films in a row, the first one with Dileep and second with Prithviraj.

Jithu's Dileep movie will be a love story featuring Mamtha Mohandas as the heroine. The movie will unleash in the backdrop of people in the IT profession. It will be produced by East Coast Vijayan in the banner of East West.

Jithu's other movie with Prithviraj will be a thriller with the young hero donning another role of a police officer. This project will be produced by Joy Thomas Sakthikulangara. Other casts are being finalized.

SOURCE : http://www.indiaglitz.com/channels/malayalam/article/60133.html

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Prithviraj's 'Urumi' look!


Prithviraj, flying high with several sizzling roles in Malayalam, sports a stunning new look in Santosh Sivan's 'Urumi'.

A well toned body bristling with muscles, long hair, and a chest full of bead chains.

It was Genelia D'Souza, who posted this amazing picture on her Twitter page. She tweeted: "ps n me,only means of transport frm shoot 2our vans is a tractor. Super fun thou." The shoot for the film is going on at Malshej Ghats in Maharashtra.

Prithviraj tweeted the other day: "Urumi into 2nd half of shoot schedule. Just keeps getting bigger each day! And guys...I have seen ”Anwar”..and I tell u...DO NOT MISS IT!!"

'Urumi' is a period film set in the early 16 the century. Prithviraj plays Chirayckal Kelu Nayanar, the leader of a band of men who plan to assassinate Vasco Da Gama, a Portuguese explorer. Genelia plays a Portuguese princess in the movie. 'Urumi' is a multilingual film in Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi.

SOURCE : http://www.filmydum.com/top-stories/2145/revealed-prithvirajs-urumi-look

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Tabu’s item number in URUMI


Director Santosh Sivan says, “ Tabu’s dance is more like a song for the Mother Earth’s fertility. It’s based on a 15th century harvest song.”

Choreographer Ahmed Khan, who worked with Prabhu Deva for the first time says, “ It was a very rustic number with basic movements.”


Source : MUMBAI MIRROR; September 09, 2010

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ANWAR : Kanninima Neele & Kizhaku Pookum Video Songs

Kanninima Neele



Kizhaku Pookum



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ANWAR New Stills and Posters













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