Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
1st of Muharram 1433. Happy New Hijri year to all Muslims ♥
As we enter the new Islamic year, take a moment to re-direct yourself to Allah, & have a plan of how to draw closer to Him.
May ALLAH make your year a happy one!
Not by shielding you from all sorrows and pain,
But by strengthening you to bear it, as it comes;
Not by making your path easy,
But by making you sturdy to travel any path;
Not by taking hardships from you,
But by taking fear from your heart;
Not by granting you unbroken sunshine,
But by keeping your face bright, even in the shadows.
‘Masters,' starring Prithviraj and Sasikumar, is an investigative thriller that is crammed with twists and turns.
Inside a classroom at St. Berchman's College in Changanacherry, two friends are revisiting their good old days in the college. It's a scene for director Johnny Antony's ‘Masters,' which has Prithviraj and Tamil actor-director Sasikumar in the lead.
“ASP Sreeramakrishnan (Prithviraj) and journalist Milan Paul (Sasikumar) were classmates in this college, and the two have remained friends ever since. Sreeramakrishnan requests his friend to use his journalistic contacts to help him out with an investigation. So they join hands against a social issue that is relevant today. The movie chronicles their efforts and struggles in this regard,” says Johnny Antony, who has directed light-hearted entertainers such as ‘CID Moosa,' ‘Kochi Rajavu,' ‘Thuruppugulan,' and so on.
“‘Masters' is not a comedy. It's a serious story and it's being dealt with the kind of seriousness that the story demands,” adds Johnny. Piaa Bajpai, who was recently seen in the super hit Tamil film ‘Ko,' and Ananya are the heroines.
During a break, Prithviraj talks about the movie and his role: “I really think it is a promising script, and it is quite unlike the usual investigative thrillers –whodunits which begin with a crime and ends with the wrongdoers brought to book. In ‘Masters' there are so many leads going in lots of different directions and the answers to those questions is the climax of the film. Also, beneath all the investigation, suspense, and crime, it is an interesting film on relationships and friendship.”
The actor has also started shooting for his maiden Bollywood film ‘Aiyya,' an Anurag Kashyap production directed by Sachin Kundalkar, which has Rani Mukherji as the heroine.
Cinematographer Madhu Neelakantan gives instructions to his assistants as they get ready for a shot, with the camera atop a trolley. After a quick rehearsal, Sasikumar delivers some lengthy lines in Malayalam with remarkable ease. Meanwhile, director Blessy drops in for a chat, and spends some time exchanging pleasantries with the cast and crew.
On choosing Sasikumar for the film Johnny says: “It was the look, especially the fire in Sasikumar's eyes, that suited the character of the journalist and prompted me to sign him for the role.” Sasikumar is all smiles as he listens to Jonny and adds: “I was busy shooting for director Samuthirakani's ‘Poraali,' when this character was narrated to me and I thought it was well written. I am quite overwhelmed by the appreciation that my films have received in Kerala in the past, especially ‘Subramaniapuram.' For me, Malayalam films have always been a source of inspiration.” Sasikumar has directed and acted in ‘Subramaniapuram,' directed ‘Easan,' produced ‘Pasanga,' and acted in ‘Nadodigal.'
‘Masters' is being produced by B. Sarathchandran under the banner of Sincere Cinema. Lyrics by Shibu Chakravarthy have been composed by Gopi Sundar. Still photographer is Paul Bathery.
Currently the DTS mixing is on and the film will be released towards the end of this month. The film apparently got stardom for the Malayalam hero. Saikumar will be seen in important role. Dialogues by Shashank Vennalakanti, songs are by Vennelakanti, Chandrabose, Bhagyasri. Music is by Deepak Dev.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Now there are reports flowing in from the Malayalam film circles that Trisha would not be available to shoot for this film due to lack of dates. The director, who saw a tight corner cornering him, seems to have approached Shriya Saran who is believed to have happily nodded her "yes" to the project after listening to the script. Deepan, the director of this film has confirmed Shriya's presence in the film.
With 'Hero' in her kitty this will be Shriya's third film in Malayalam.
Sources close to this film's unit also reveal that Tamil hero Srikanth too would be playing a prominent role in this film. Nedumudi Venu, 'Thalaivaasal' Vijay, 'Guinness' Pakkru and Anil Murali too would be seen essaying pivotal roles in 'Hero.' The music for Hero will be handled by Gopi Sundar, who will set to tunes lyrics by Anil Panachooran and Shibu Chakravarthy. The scripting for 'Hero' is by Vinod Guruvayoor.
A source reveals, "Rani wants to make sure she is in character during the shoot. Hence she has imposed a fine on anyone who doesn't speak to her in Marathi while on set. She's very strict and makes sure her rule is adhered to by everyone." The fact that majority of the crew on the film speaks the language is a big help.
Rani on the other hand, isn’t looking to dwell on the past, and the ups and downs of her career graph. “Well, I’ve never been in a hurry to sign films,” she says nonchalantly. “I only do a film if it excites me.”
Anurag’s film certainly seems to have excited Rani as of now. Or could it be that her idea of cinema has changed after No One Killed Jessica put her back in the reckoning? Will we ever see her in the Karan Joharesque roles that made her ascend to the top?
The husky-voiced Bengali beauty is taking her role as Maharashtrian mulgi (read girl) really serious, we hear.
Rani Mukerji, who is doing Sachin Kundalkar's 'Aiyya', is said to be perfecting her lingo as well as her dancing steps to play the character. The talented beauty will be shooting for a song which will have a typical lavani dance, the traditional Maharashtrian dance form. The song which goes "Aga Bai" will be choreographed by Vaibhavi Merchant. According to sources, in the song one can see Rani wearing navvari - the traditional nine-yard saree, the nose ring called nathni and other accessories that traditional lavani dancers wear.
Both Vaibhavi and Rani are said to be quite excited over the number. While they are taking notes by watching popular lavani numbers, Rani is taking a step ahead and going to meet some professional dancers to learn the dance in detail. Besides, the director shared to sources that the actress has also done a couple of workshops to learn the language and mannerisms of playing a Maharashtrian girl in the film.
Sources added that since Sachin Kundalkar is a Maharashtrian he wants to present the lavani number in an authentic manner.
'Aiyya' is the launch pad for South actor Prithviraj in Bollywood who stars opposite Rani in this one.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
അധിനിവേശത്തിനെതിരായ ഒരു ജനതയുടെ വീറും വാശിയുമാര്ന്ന പോരാട്ടത്തിന്റെ പുനര്ജനിയെ വര്ത്തമാനകാലവുമായി ബന്ധപ്പെടുത്താന് ശ്രമിക്കുന്ന രാമകൃഷ്ണനെ അഭിനന്ദിക്കാന് സിനിമാലോകത്തെ പ്രശസ്തര്ക്ക് പുറമ സിനിമാ പ്രേമികളായ സാധാരണ ജനങ്ങളും പുറത്ത് കാത്തുനില്ക്കുന്നുണ്ടായിരുന്നു. മലയാളത്തിന്റെ യശസ്സ് ഉയര്ത്തിപ്പിടിക്കാന് അണിയറ പ്രവര്ത്തകര്ക്ക് കഴിഞ്ഞുവെന്നതിന്റെ സൂചകമായി പ്രദര്ശനത്തിനുശേഷം ഹാളിനു പുറത്ത് തിങ്ങി കൂടിയവരുടെ പ്രശംസാ വചനങ്ങള്.
നവംബര് 10 നാരംഭിച്ച് എട്ട് ദിവസം നീണ്ടുനിന്ന മേള 17 നാണ് സമാപിച്ചത്. നവംബര് 16 നായിരുന്നു ഉറുമിയുടെ പ്രദര്ശനം. ഉറുമിയടക്കം മൂന്ന് മലയാള സിനിമകളാണ് മേളയിലിടം നേടിയത്. ദേശീയ അവാര്ഡ് നേടിയ 'ആദാമിന്റെ മകന് അബു', വിപിന് വിജയ് സംവിധാനം ചെയ്ത ചിത്രസൂത്രം എന്നിവയാണ് പ്രദര്ശിപ്പിച്ച മറ്റ് ചിത്രങ്ങള്. മൂന്നും മികച്ച പ്രേക്ഷക ശ്രദ്ധനേടി. 50 രാജ്യങ്ങളില് നിന്നായി 150 ചിത്രങ്ങളാണ് മേളയില് പ്രദര്ശിപ്പിച്ചത്.
ബംഗാളിലെ ഭരണമാറ്റത്തിന് ശേഷം നടക്കുന്ന ആദ്യത്തെ ചലച്ചിത്രമേളയിലും പരിവര്ത്തനത്തിന്റെ കാറ്റ് വീശിയിരുന്നു. ഇത്തവണ ബോളിവുഡിലെ ജനപ്രിയ താരങ്ങളായിരുന്നു ചലച്ചിത്രമേളയിലെ പ്രധാന ആകര്ഷണം. ഷാരുഖ് ഖാനും ഷര്മിള ടാഗോറുമായിരുന്നു മേള ഉദ്ഘാടനം ചെയ്തത്. 1995 മുതല് ആരംഭിച്ച കൊല്ക്കത്ത മേളയിലെ സ്ഥിരം സാന്നിധ്യവും സംഘാടകരില് പ്രമുഖനുമായിരുന്ന മുന് മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി ബുദ്ധദേബ് ഭട്ടാചാര്യ മേളയ്ക്ക് ഇത്തവണ എത്താതിരുന്നതും ശ്രദ്ധേയമായി.
ഉദ്ഘാടന ചടങ്ങ് കൊല്ക്കത്തയുടെ സാംസ്കാരിക കേന്ദ്രമെന്ന് വിശേഷിപ്പിക്കാവുന്ന നന്ദന് കോംപ്ലക്സില് നിന്നും മാറ്റി 12000 പേര്ക്ക് ഇരിക്കാവുന്ന നേതാജി ഇന്ഡോര് സ്റ്റേഡിയത്തിലേക്ക് മാറ്റിയതും ഫ്രഞ്ച് ഡയറക്ടര് ജീന് ലുക്ക് ഗോദാര്ദിന്റെ 'ഫിലിം സോഷ്യലിസം', ഹംഗേറിയന് ഡയറക്ടര് ബേല റ്റാറിന്റെ 'ദി ട്യൂറിന് ഹോര്സ്' എന്നിവ ഇത്തവണത്തെ മേളയില് ശ്രദ്ധിക്കപ്പെട്ട സിനിമകളാണ്.
The audio of Uraivaal was launched in Chennai on Tuesday. Actor Vijay unveiled the first copy by presenting it to lyricist Vairamuthu. Music is by Deepak Dev, a former keyboard player with A.R. Rahman.
Three songs and a trailer were screened at the event. Mani Ratnam, A.R. Murgadoss, Aravind Swamy, Bharath, Mallika Sukumaran and S.J. Suryah were present. The original script was written by Shankar Ramakrishnan and the dialogues for the Tamil version were penned by Sasi Kumaran.
Based on the attempted assassination of Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama, who arrived in Kappad near Calicut, on May 20, 1498, the film is produced by Santosh Sivan, Prithviraj and Shaji Natesan under the banner of August Cinema.
Arival Chuttika Nakshathram, which marks the coming together of Mammootty and Prithviraj again after Pokkiri Raja, will commence its regular shooting next year.
The film, scripted by Shankar Ramakrishnan and produced by August Cinema, is said to be a period drama set in the pre-Independence era of the 1930s and 40s when the Communist movement started in Kerala. According to sources, Mammootty will play the hero, while Prithviraj is the villain. Gopi Sunder will compose the music for lyrics penned by Rafeeque Ahmed.