Wednesday, September 28, 2011
'Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal' featuring Adharva of 'Baana Kathadi' fame and Amala Paul is the latest to join the current trend in Tamil cinema of seeing a single audio release before the actual audio launch.
The songs for this film have been composed by GV Prakash Kumar with lyrics by Thamarai, who is penning for the young musician for the first time ever. The film's teaser that was released along with Jiiva's 'Vandhaan Vendraan' has received decent response from the city's young.
This film by Kumar has been shot at exotic locales and has Santhanam providing comic relief. Amala Paul plays a NRI whilst Adharva is smitten by her.
The single track will be launched this evening at Hotel Green Park in the presence of Jiiva and director Vetrimaran, apart from the cast and crew including Adharva and Amala Paul.
It will simultaneously release in Telugu as 'Nirantham Nee Voohale'. After this, Amala Paul will kick-start work on a bilingual with Siddharth, along with a number of other projects. Adharva is touted to do a film with director Bala, however, it hasn't been announced officially yet.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
HOLLYWOOD star Willem Dafoe will walk the red carpet in Hobart tonight for the premiere of his new film The Hunter
The public is encouraged to come along and line the red carpet to welcome Dafoe back to Tasmania.
Shot entirely in Tasmania, The Hunter is the story of a mercenary sent to the island state to track down the last surviving thylacine. The supporting cast includes Sam Neill and Frances O'Connor.
The film premieres tonight at the State Cinema in North Hobart and Dafoe will be a special guest, along with the director Daniel Nettheim and producer Vincent Sheehan.
The Hunter was filmed in Tasmania late last year, with locations including the Central Plateau, Mt Wellington, Maydena and Deloraine showcasing Tasmania's stunning landscape.
Tourism Tasmania chief executive Tony Mayell said he hoped the movie would spark an increased interest in visiting Tasmania.
"Our landscapes, wilderness and other places of natural beauty are a strong feature of the film, and I think The Hunter gives us an opportunity to showcase the whole of the state," he said.
The Hunter officially opens on October 6 and will be screened at the State Cinema, Village Cinemas, CMAX Devonport and Metro Burnie.
The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9.
Dafoe has about 90 films to his credit, including Spider-Man, Platoon and Mississippi Burning.
He and other guests are expected to arrive at 6.30pm outside the State Cinema.
A full review and the Tasmanian print exclusive interview with Willem Dafoe is in the Sunday Tasmanian this weekend.
Rumour mills have it that budding actor Adharva of 'Baana Kathaadi' fame has been roped in by ace director Bala for the latter�s next venture in Tamil!
Kollywood grapevine is abuzz that Adharva received a call from Bala who requested him to come to his office. Bala reportedly questioned Adharva on his future projects and told him not to commit to any director as of now as the duo will be making a film! An overwhelmed Adharva gave his nod immediately!
It was earlier speculated and reported that Chiyaan Vikram will be joining hands with Bala for a project. And now Adharva has booked a slot with the ace lensman as well. Whether it will be a multi-starrer featuring both or this film will kick-start first, we'll have to wait to know.
Adharva is currently busy with work on 'Muppozhudum Un Karpanaigal' where he shares screen space with the current heartthrob of Kollywood, Amala Paul.
As September is coming to an end, expectations are raving high among movie buffs on the four films that are touted to see a Diwali release.
While Ayngaran International, a leading market player has announced in its official website that Ilayathalapathy Vijay's 'Velayudham' will see a worldwide release on October 25, Suriya's '7aum Arivu' has been sold for a whooping price in Kerala!
Dhanush's 'Mayakkam Enna' with brother Selvaraghavan is much looked forward to by the young especially since their earlier offerings have been blockbuster hits. The songs with colloquial lyrics are ruling the roost. Simbu's 'Osthi' that has him alongside Richa is the remake of Bollywood super hit 'Dabangg'. The film is expected to be a laugh riot apart from being an action-packed entertainer as the comedy is being handled by VTV Ganesh and Santhanam!
So which hero are you movie buffs eagerly looking forward to watch on big screen? Is it Vijay's superhero avatar in 'Velayudham' or Suriya's multiple makeovers in '7aum Arivu'? Or emotional drama from brothers Dhanush - Selva through 'Mayakkam Enna' or Simbu's commercial mass masala film 'Osthi'?
Post your feedback in here and let us know of your expectations on the Diwali releases!
Monday, September 26, 2011
We know that Genelia D' Souza dons the role of female lead in the 'Khaakha Khaakha' Hindi remake, 'Force', and the original Tamil version had Jyothika. The film has John Abraham essaying protagonist whilst Suriya played lead in the Tamil version. But the actress's character in the Hindi version is not exactly that of Jyothika's in the Tamil original, as some crucial changes have been made.Genelia Latest Photos Colletion
While Jyothika played Maya, a school teacher, Genelia is playing the role of a social activist, who is always there to help the needy. "Though Jyothika's role is a well-written one, the makers of the Hindi remake felt that Genelia might not fit in a teacher's shoes," say sources.
Confirming this, the 'Santosh Subramanyam' and 'Sachin' actress says, "Yes, some important and interesting changes have been made to the original script. And that includes a complete overhaul of my character. I play a social activist and am thrilled to do the role."
When asked whether she had watched 'Khaakha Khaakha', Genelia says, "Yes, of course. I had watched the Suriya-Jyothika starrer many times. Jyothika had beautifully enacted the role and I would like to repeat the magic, but in a totally different way."
IG had recently updated you about Sundar C's upcoming film. The film, which is yet to be titled, sees Vimal and RJ Shiva in the lead. Touted to be a laugh riot from Sundar C, who will be directing this film, more of the film's cast is being revealed. Sources in the know have revealed that Anjali has confirmed a role in this film.
The actress is receiving excellent reviews for her role in the recently released 'Engaeyum Eppothum' which is having a good run at the box office.
While it is not sure whose heroine Anjali will be playing, some sources in the know say she will be play Vimal's girl in the movie. The lead heroes Vimal and Shiva are known for their timing in comedy and this film will sure hit the bull's eye and be a rib tickling comic caper, what with Sundar C films giving a lot of prominence to comedy in all his films.
This film will be produced by Kushboo Sundar's home productions Avini Cine Max.
The hunt for the other heroine is still on. Sources close to the director reveal that they are trying to rope in Piaa Bajpai for the role. Piaa did an adorable role in KV Anand's 'Ko' and the actress has even fetched an offer in a Bollywood project. Will she be able to give her dates to this Sundar C film? We will just have to wait and watch.
An official announcement about this film is on the cards, when the top brass including the director and the lead stars involved in the film will be present. Meanwhile, Vimal is getting ready for his upcoming film 'Vaagai Sooda Vaa' a period drama set in the 1960s which is all set to hit theatres on September 30.
The countdown has begun for Prabhu Deva's next product 'Vedi.' The director's previous film 'Engaeyum Kadhal' which had 'Jayam' Ravi and Hansika Motwani in the lead was received well with the audience and was a romantic musical. His upcoming 'Vedi' comes with a dash of action and of course there is a good bit of romance too.
Sophie Choudry, the babe from Bollywood popular for her oomph quotient, has been roped in for an item number in 'Vedi' and the actress is absolutely thrilled being a part of this film. This particular item song which goes 'Mumbai Ponnu...' has been choreographed by Prabhu Deva himself and is sure to stay in the audience minds for long.
This song, according to sources close to the film, was shot at nights with a host of co-artists dressed like goons dancing along with Sophie. The actress recently revealed to media that the director has taken a lot of effort to perfect the look and feel of this dance number. 'Vedi' has bagged a U/A certificate from the censor board and is readying to hit theatres on September 30.
The film sees Vishal and Sameera Reddy coming together for the first time. This will be Sameera's film in Tamil after her critically acclaimed role in Gautham Menon's 'Nadunisi Naigal.' The actress is really looking forward for the crowd's response to 'Vedi' reveal sources close to her.
It is a known something that Suriya enjoys good fan following in Kerala. What with the whooping collections by his films like 'Khaakha Khaakha', 'Varanam Ayiram', 'Ghajini' and 'Singam' in Kerala.
It maybe mentioned that some critics and trade analysts have also compared his BO collections in Kerala to that of Kamal Haasan and Superstar Rajinikanth.
Joining this league will be his forthcoming film '7aum Arivu', a Diwali release that has been sold to 2.4 crore INR in Kerala! This is the highest price tag a Suriya starrer has come with.
The movie will take on 'Velayudham', 'Ra.One', and Malayalam films like 'Arabeem Ottakavum, P Madhavan Nairum� and 'Venicile Vyappari', which will be on theaters on the adjacent weeks.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Sherin shared her care and concern for those affected by cancer by taking part in Rose Day celebrations held at Kidwai Memorial Hospital in Bengaluru. "I had lost some of my loved ones due to cancer. I know the pain of it," said the actress.
The 'Thulluvadho Ilamai' and 'Urchagam' girl, who is popular in Kollywood, Tollywood and Sandalwood says, "I am not meeting children affected by cancer on Rose Day alone. I have been visiting the hospital whenever I find time."
Revealing her plans to float a trust to help cancer patients, Sherin says, "Mere sweets and gifts can not cure the disease. So I am saving a part of my income to start a trust which would help cancer-affected kids in all possible ways."
On appearing in item numbers, the actress, who was seen shaking a leg with Vikram for a special song in 'Bheema', says, "These days such songs have become an inevitable part of films with many popular actresses agreeing to do it. There is nothing wrong as long as things are within a limit."
Aishwarya Krishnaraj Rai
5' 7" (1.70 m)
Born into a traditional south Indian family, Aishwarya started modeling at a young age. This green-blue-eyed beauty appeared in advertisements for many prestigious firms; the ones that brought her into the limelight were the garden sari and the Pepsi ad. Crowned Miss India 1994 runner-up, she was a hot favorite in the run for miss world title, which she won, her beauty and charm made her India's darling. Ash stormed into the Indian movie industry, where she has proven herself a brilliant & genuine actress. Her performance in The Duo (1997) was critically acclaimed, and she won the Screen best female debutant award for her role in ...Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya (1997). She was adored in movies like Taal, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas, her item number in 'Bunty & Bubbly' had sent waves of rhythm across the nation. With her successful Bollywood movies & prestigious Hollywood projects lined up for release it is impossible to ignore this Indian diva in international scenes.
Cinemimi Biography By:Pranavikha
Aishwarya was an architecture student before she entered modeling as her part-time job. She was best known for her Pepsi commercial with Mahima Chaudhry. With her green-grey eyes, she was already approached by big names in India's film industry, where they offered her starring roles. She rejected the film offers since she aimed to be an architect. However, fate had other things in store for her after she was crowned Miss World 1994. Soon after her winning, again she received offers to star in movies. In Southern India, she was best known for her role as Madhumita/Veishnavi in Jeans (1998) and as Meenakshi in I Have Found It (2000). She won the Filmfare Award for best actress for her performance in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) as Ajay Devgan's wife who is in love with another man. She also won rave reviews for her performance as a rape victim in Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai (2000).
IMDb Mini Biography By: Alindalia
Aishwarya Rai (Ash) is one of Bollywood's pre-eminent leading ladies. This Indian darling burst upon the world stage when her striking beauty, poise and commanding intelligence won her the Miss World crown in 1994. This former architecture major soon became one of India's most famous models landing a prestigious Pepsi campaign and appearing in Vogue Magazine. India's top Bollywood directors were soon lining up to work with Ash. Her film debut in Mani Rathnam's 'Iruvar' (1997) received critical acclaim and her performance in Aur Paar Ho Gaya' (1997) directed by Rahul Rawail garnered her the Best Female Debutante Award. In 2000 she was awarded Best Actress by FilmFare and Zee Cine for her work in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam", in that same year, nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her special appearance in Aditya Chopra's Mohabbatein (2000). In 2001 Ash was nominated for FilmFare's Best Actress Award for Satish Kaushik's "Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai".
Ash's star continued to rise in 2002 working again with Sajay Leela Bhansali in 'Devdas'. 'Devdas' is the most ambitious and most successful film in Bollywood history. It became the first Bollywood picture to ever receive a special screening at this year's Cannes Film Festival and broke box-office records in India and the United States.
2003 brought even more exciting opportunities. Ash became the first Indian actor to be a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival. She is also the latest member of the elite L'Oreal Dream Team, joining beauties Catherine Deneuve & Andie MacDowell as their international ambassador. She graced the covers of India Today and the prestigious TIME Magazine. Time Magazine has also listed her on their list of the "100 Most Influential People in the World Today". She has graced numerous covers worldwide including USA, UK, China, Russia, Israel, United Emerites, Italy, Spain and France. Ash was also listed on Rolling Stone Magazine's annual "Hot List", Hello Magazine's Most Attractive Women in the World", Stuff Magazine, FHM magazine, V-Life from Variety Magazine, GQ Magazine, New York Times Magazine, Harper's & Queen and countless others.
2004 saw Aishwarya take on the leading role in her first English language film for Gurinder Chadha in "Bride & Prejudice". She also became the first Indian female to be immortalized in wax at the world famous Madame Tussaud's wax museum in London.
With over 17,000 websites dedicated to her, Ash finally launched her "Official Website" www.AishwaryaWorld.com
2005 started with appearances on "60 Minutes", "David Letterman Show" and the most watched television program in the world the "Oprah Winfrey Show". Aishwarya's career continues to grow even stronger - she will soon be seen in Mistress of Spices for director Paul Berges, Jag Mundhra's Provoked, Sanjay Gadhvi's Dhoom 2 and legendary film producer Dino De Laurentiis's The Last Legion opposite Colin Firth and Sir Ben Kingsley. The Queen of Bollywood is already becoming the talk of tinseltown and is currently in negotiations on two major motion pictures.
IMDb Mini Biography By: Simone Sheffield - Manager
Abhishek Bachchan (20 April 2007 - present)
Her blue-green eyes
Wanted to study medicine, but circumstances prevented her.
Miss World 1994.
Dated Salman Khan.
Was offered Rani Mukherjee's role in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998).
Runner up, Miss India 1994
Ambassador (spokesperson) for Longines watches since 1999.
Daughter of Vrinda Rai
Sister of Aditya Rai
In April 2003, she suffered an accident on the sets of Khakee (2004) when a car driven by a stuntman got out of control, hit her, took her down a crevice, and slammed her into a cactus plant. She broke a bone in one foot and suffered severe cuts, and she was rushed to a hospital. The incident rekindled the discussion about poor safety standards on Bollywood film sets.
The first Indian actress to be on the jury of the Cannes International Film Festival.
Has made over 50 music videos in only seven years.
Despite the fact that she is adorned with jewelry in her music videos and movies, she is apparently not too fond of it.
Created a frenzy at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival when she arrived at the premiere of her film _Devdas (2002)_ in a coach and wearing a beautiful yellow-orange-embroidered sari.
Was originally cast in the role of Jwala in the film _The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey (2005)_, but dropped out before filming started due to contract problems. The role was later given to Ameesha Patel.
Loves collecting watches.
Made her first commercial for Camlin pencils when she was in the 9th grade.
Was the face of Coca Cola South Asia as well as the Middle East.
Favorite subject in college was Zoology.
Has achieved iconic status all over South Asia.
Is featured in the 2004 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.
In a poll conducted by Hello magazine, she was voted the number-one attractive woman of 2003, beating actresses such as Nicole Kidman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Gwyneth Paltrow.
In April 2003, L'Oréal signed her as its new international brand ambassador (spokesperson).
The first Bollywood star to appear in Rolling Stone magazine (Issue 932, October 2, 2003)
Gained 20 pounds for Bride & Prejudice (2004) because she didn't want her character to look like a supermodel and also felt that it would add a sense of realism to the character.
Is an ethnic Bunt, like fellow actors Shilpa Shetty and Sunil Shetty. The Bunts are a South Indian community from Mangalore who mainly speak Tulu, which is Aishwarya's mother tongue.
Turned down the lead in Munnabhai M.B.B.S. (2003). The role was given to Gracy Singh.
Turned down the role of Mastani in the film _Bajirao Mastani (2005)_.
The first movie star she ever met was Rekha. Aishwarya was still in high school at the time and was a model. While at a grocery store with her mother, Aishwarya was tapped on the s
Is fluent in the languages English, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, and Urdu.
Was originally intended for the role of Priya in the film _Chalte Chalte (2003)_.
Aamir Khan and Aishwarya Rai are the only stars to advertise for both Coca Cola and Pepsi.
Before she was famous, she auditioned to do voice-dubbing for a television serial and was rejected.
Shah Rukh Khan recommended her to play Kaurwaki in the film Asoka (2001). But the director wanted to cast someone who hadn't already been paired with Shahrukh as a leading lady.
After winning the title of Miss World in 1994, the host of the event, Richard Steinmetz, actually asked Aishwarya out. But being a professional, she refused right away.
Sued the magazine Star and Style for a sum of Rs 20 million (2 crore) for printing an article claiming that actress Raveena Tandon had caught her and Akshay Kumar in a compromising position at the poolside of a five- star hotel.
During the filming of the song 'Dola Re Dola' from the movie _Devdas (2002)_, Aishwarya's ears were bleeding because to the heavy earrings she had to wear, but she continued to perform anyway.
Is a trained classical dancer. She learnt classical dance and music for five years while in her teens.
Has a puppy named Sunshine, which was given to her as a gift by friend Vivek Oberoi.
Won the title of Miss Photogenic in the 1994 Miss World Pageant.
Has won over 100 awards since 1994 when she was 20.
Is good friends with actress Preity Zinta.
Has gained a cult following in Pakistan.
Was listed in Time magazine as one of 100 most influential people in the world (The 2004 TIME 100).
Ran the Olympic-torch relay in June 2004.
Turned down a role in The Myth (2005) due to her touring schedule. The role was eventually given to Mallika Sherawat.
Has refused to work with Salman Khan after their break-up, in spite of several offers.
Has over 17,000 Web sites dedicated to her.
In 2004, Aishwarya became the first Bollywood and Indian actress to have her own statue at London's Madame Tussauds museum.
On January 2nd, 2005, she became the first Indian actress to be interviewed on "60 Minutes" (1968).
Voted #9 in Harpers and Queen magazine's list of the 100 most beautiful women of today. (Harpers and Queen, June 6, 2005)
A tulip produced in 2005 was named for her.
Member of the jury at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.
When Oprah Winfrey saw Aishwarya's interview on "60 Minutes" (1968), she was so fascinated by her that she got a hold of Ash and invited her to be a guest on her show. On April 25, 2005, Aishwarya became the first Indian and South Asian actress to be featured on _"Oprah Winfrey Show, The" (1986)_.
Turned down a small role as Breseis in the film Troy (2004).
Director Andy Tennant offered her a small part in _Hitch (2005)_, but she was busy filming Bride and Prejudice at the time.
Turned down the role of Anna in A Sublime Love Story: Barsaat (2005).
In the summer of 2005, Mattel released limited-edition Barbie dolls inspired by Aishwarya and her costumes. They were released only in Britain and sold out within minutes. These dolls are now considered rare collectibles among fans.
Her favourite film is Casablanca.
Was voted number 12 on VH1's 50 Sexiest Actresses of the Last 20 Years. (December 2005)
Roger Ebert has said he considers her the most beautiful actress in the world.
Was voted as E's 7th sexiest celebrity in the world
The first actress from India to get signed on with the American Library Association and also have a poster made of her for schools and library's all across America.
Was originally signed on to play the part of Simmi in Bluffmaster! (2005), but was replaced without any notice by Priyanka Chopra. Director Rohan Sippy then gave Aishwarya a "special thanks" in the end credits as an apology.
Turned down the part of Sandhya in _Saamna (2006)_.
When President George W. Bush visited India in March 2006, he invited Aishwarya, along with Aamir Khan, to a luncheon. Aishwarya could not attend because she was in Brazil at the time filming for Dhoom:2 (2006).
Was considered for the role of Priya in Krrish (2006).
Turned down the lead in Corporate (2006) because she didn't have any dates available for filming. The role was given to Bipasha Basu.
In mid 2001, Aishwarya started work on two films titled Radheshyam Seetaram and Hum Panchhi Ek Daal Ke. For reasons unknown, filming stopped on these films in February 2002. Filming was never completed and the films have now been shelved. The only glimpse of the movies that exist for the public to see are photographs from the sets and publicity shots.
Performed to an audience of 85,000 in Melbourne, Australia at the closing ceremony of the 2006 Commonwealth Games with 800 backup dancers. (March 2006)
Was cast with a small role in Lajja (2001), but was dropped because there were already too many major stars in the film.
When Karan Johar asked Aishwarya on his talk show which film she wishes she could have been a part of, she responded _Khamoshi: The Musical (1996)_.
Is the second Indian actress to appear on the cover of TIME magazine in 2003. The first was Parveen Babi in 1976.
Featured in People Magazine as one of the 100 Most Beautiful People in the World. (Issue May,8,2006)
Was considered for the role of Kalyani in Water (2005/I).
Got her education at Arya Vidya Mandir and DG Ruparel College, both in Bombay, India. She was also accepted into Raheja College of Architecture in Bombay, but never went.
Good friends with fellow Indian superstar and icon, Madhuri Dixit. The two worked together in the super-hit and widely acclaimed Devdas.
Listed as number 3 of 'Top Bollywood Actresses' of 2006. (rediff.com, 8-25- 2006)
Caused a day long traffic jam in Dubai, United Arab Emirates while filming a soap commercial. People would stop for hours just to catch a glimpse of their favorite actress. (September 5, 2006)
Listed #3 by UK magazine Eastern Eye one of "Asia's Sexiest Women" (Sept/ 2006).
Is the most photographed woman in India.
She was the first choice for the role of Jane Smith in Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005), but she turned it down due to filming conflicts.
She secured 90% marks in HSC at Ruparel college in Mumbai.
Her Pepsi ad with Aamir Khan was shot in one night during the infamous Bombay riots.
Has been in seven movies with now husband Abhishek Bachchan, more than with any other actor.
Came in #1 in BollySpice.com Magazine's list of "Top 10 Actresses of 2006".
Turned down the part of Malvika Talwar in Baabul (2006).
In January 2007, she announced that she has accepted a marriage proposal from current boyfriend, actor Abhishek Bachchan.
Is often referred to as "the most beautiful woman in the world".
In 2005, Hugh M. Hefner attempted to create and Indian version of Playboy for India, which would feature South Asian women and Indian pop culture articles, but no nudity. He wanted to have Aishwarya on the cover of the first issue. The magazine was rejected.
Twice turned down the lead in the Hindi version of Chandramukhi (2005).
Was invited in 2005 to be a presenter at The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) (TV), but was unable to attend because she was busy filming for The Mistress of Spices (2005).
Is active in various charities and often visits orphanages.
Her favorite Western designer is Giorgio Armani. Whenever she is in London, clothes are taken to her hotel for her to choose from.
Is the second of five Indian women to win the Miss World title. The first was Reita Faria, who won in 1966. Others include Diana Hayden who won in 1997, Yukta Mookhey in 1999, and Priyanka Chopra in 2000.
Has appeared on more magazine covers worldwide than any other Bollywood or Indian star.
Director Brett Ratner is a fan of Aishwarya's and he wanted her to be cast in Rush Hour 3 (2007), but she turned down the offer.
Was considered for the part of Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale (2006).
Her wax statue at Madame Tussauds Museum in London was borrowed by the museum in New York for six weeks. The statue was flown to New York and made its debut on August 15, 2007, making her the first Indian actress in the American version of the museum.
About 15 kilos of henna was special ordered from Sojat in Rajasthan for the henna ceremony before her wedding.
Her wedding invitations were embossed with two entwined As and delivered along with a box of chocolate meringues. Within the invitation was also a poem about new beginnings written by Amitabh Bachchan's father and renowned poet Harivash Rai Bachchan.
Her wedding ceremony lasted a total of three days. It was the most awaited and talked about wedding in years and the press followed it like Princess Diana's wedding.
For her 34th birthday, she went to go see Beyonce Knowles in concert in Mumbai.
Turned down the role of Neha in Dostana (2008) because she felt that her real life marriage to Abhishek Bachchan wouldn't work well for their characters.
Forbes listed her in the 387th position out of 1,411 actors as the most bankable Indian star in Hollywood. (February 2009).
The youngest actress to receive the Padmi Shri award, the fourth highest civilian honor, from the Government of India for her contribution to cinema.
Aishwarya has won the esteemed V. Shantaram Award twice: 2009 Best Actress for Jodhaa Akbar and 2003 Best Actress for Devdas. The V. Shantaram Award is voted on by members of the Directors Guild.
Aishwarya is the first goodwill ambassador for Smile Train, a charity that works worldwide for children with cleft lip.
Had a relationship with Vivek Oberoi from 2002-2005.
She is expecting her first child with husband Abhishek Bachchan due in late 2011 or early 2012.
I'm just average woman with average concerns.
Life will take its toll on all of us. We get injured, we get old. It's really sad to try to run away from these harsh realities of life. Looks are not everything. I am not going to look beautiful all the time.
You give to the world your greatest gift when you're being yourself.
I believe that as an actress all my fears and phobias exist till I sign on the dotted line for a film.
I don't believe in proving a point to anybody. Nobody is that important.
It's strange that Rakesh Roshan thinks I look older than Hrithik. In fact, he's approached me for all his home productions.
I always knew I would be successful. So there was no element of surprise.
I know for a fact that if there's a role which I am suited for, I'll be signed on. I'll never go begging.
"I only entered Miss India after pressure from friends and because I thought it would be a laugh".
Comedy is difficult for an actor. But I think I have a good sense of humor and manage to make people laugh and make them happy.
On donating her eyes after death - "People know me more because of my eyes. So, I decided to donate my eyes. But before that, I acquired all the information about the campaign. Within what time after death one has to donate eyes, and all other information. Only then I decided to donate my eyes. It's not that just for doing something, I donated my eyes. I found that useful so I did it. I like to do social service from my heart. Whatever is possible I do, but I don't speak of that. But I would like to give more time to it in the near future."
Women in the industry have been exploited very often, but there are some actors who belive that the short cut to stardom is through nudity or exposure. Such success is, in fact, very short-lived.
I have never done a kissing scene nor do I have intentions to.
About her film Chaos (2006): When this came to be early this year, I was ecstatic. I couldn't believe that I was actually going to work with Meryl Streep, someone I've always admired. In all my interviews 10 years ago people used to ask who is your favourite actor and actress and I would mention Robert de Niro and Meryl Streep. On my first trip there I met up with de Niro and my first film is with Meryl Streep, and I said, 'Oh God that's really, really cool. Really wonderful.
Ever since I went to the Cannes festival, the media overseas really encouraged me to consider the possibilities of working in the West. Then I got a call from some people who worked in the business in America, who asked me to first obviously get an agent so that they could have direct access because that's the way they work.
About turning down the role opposite Jackie Chan in the movie _Time Breaker (2004)_, "I did not have the required dates as I was busy with the shows abroad. I had to turn down the film. I have no regrets because there is always a next time."
Indian cinema has begun to be recognized globally. And it's very important for us to make our presence felt at important events such as Cannes. I feel there should be more Indian representation at festivals. India is producing such a large cross section of films. We need to be part of world cinema, and we need to do that now.
Someone asked me why I'm politically correct, even when people hit out so openly at me. But the truth is, I've never been brought up to behave any other way. I can't say anything hurtful about anyone. I just don't believe in saying mean things. I won't feel good doing that. It's strange why being well behaved is perceived as being too 'propah' and staid. This is the way I am. I'm amazed how many people feel good hitting out at me. They're welcome to do it. Earlier, they had more leeway to deny their indiscretions in print. But now on television they look pretty ridiculous denying what they say.
About the sari on the Oprah show: "I thought I'd wear one on the show, and packed two of them, in case Oprah wanted to wear one too. As luck would have it, my flight was delayed and I reached minutes before the show went on air! So I had no time to change, which is a pity. Americans love the garment but have no clue how it's tied. Oprah is very respectful and appreciative of all cultures. She was very curious about the sari and I helped her put it on, on air! She has sent me an autographed picture saying, 'Next time we change the blouse.' She was very sweet." (Rediff, May 18, 2005)
About being on the Oprah show: "Yes, I was extremely happy to be on her show. I absolutely admire her. I never thought I'd actually be meeting her -- and that too, on her show! It's so strange. But prior to our meeting, during my visit to the US for the premiere of Bride & Prejudice, I had some afternoons off and I watched Oprah. I thought how wonderful it would be to be on her show. And within a month, I was!" (Rediff, May 18, 2005)
"I am not comfortable about kissing or nudity. I am clear about what I want. I'll work only with good directors who'll offer me two-dimensional roles. The director and the role are most important." (Movie Mag International, September 2004)
About her long career in entertainment: "This is my tenth year now, so things have changed within this span of time - so drastically that when I look at the work done when I just joined, it's like, "Oh my God!" So much has changed in these ten years. You get to see how you're part of the process of change within the Indian film industry. That's all positive, that's all a good sign." (Forbes Magazine, August 25th 2005)
Her advice to aspiring professionals: "My biggest concern is always the students who are working toward a certain career - when they limit themselves to just that one option. They need to know that the world is huge - it's an ocean, and there are so many options. It's not the end of the world if they don't get to pursue an apparent childhood dream. That's really important, because you find a lot of kids who believe that they want to become a doctor or an aeronautical engineer or something, and if they don't manage to make their degree, that's the end. They feel so defeated, which is very disheartening. It's sad to know that people let themselves be limited by these aspirations." (Forbes Magazine, August 25th 2005)
It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.
Life is a stage, and we are all characters. So play your part and play it well!
On why she participated in the Miss World Pageant in 1994: "For me, it went beyond being a beauty queen. For me, it was about being the 20-year-old girl from India on international platform and a lot of people actually would assume that I wasn't even educated in India because of the way I'd speak. And they'd be like, 'Have you studied in India? Do you actually speak English out there?' and, I was like, 'This is so interesting that so many people know so little about my country.' and this is exactly what I wanted to do when I set out on this little mission in my head." (Jan 2005, 60 Minutes Interview)
"Good films are good films regardless of being made in India or abroad. I believe a great story transcends cultural lines and language barriers." (American Way Magazine, 3-15-06)
I choose films with characters that I feel are relative to a woman's growth for me. In The Last Legion, I play a warrior. This was a first for me and it was a fantastic experience. I would like very much to do more action films. As for the right direction, I make my choices and always move forward one step at a time. (4-26- 06)
On her character in _Mistress of Spices (2005)_: "I have related to each character I have performed thus far, including Tilo. I am very sensitive to moods and one's inward feelings and emotions. I am a true people person and people watcher. I look forward to meeting interesting people and understanding their experiences in life." (4-26-06)
On her character in Dhoom:2 (2006): "It's the kind of character I have never essayed before. Sunehiri, my character in the film, is distinctly different from any other character you have seen me play. That's what makes her exciting to me. For the first time in my life I went through a bit of a fitness regime. Contrary to popular belief, right since modeling, to the (Miss World) title, to films, I have never been a fitness freak or exercised." (October 2006)
About director _J.P. Dutta_: "J P Dutta is a committed taskmaster. I have danced to songs before. But he always added to choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant's steps, and that was quite challenging. He would shoot an entire mukhda in one shot. To do all the songs at that level required remaining focused at all times. In that moment, I felt I became Umrao Jaan. It was interesting to deliver a performance that shows her passionate but tragic story. The film is also reflective of the art that was at its zenith in that era. The sex trade was called the performing arts then and not prostitution." (October 2006)
On Umrao Jaan (2006) being her first Urdu language film: "Since our generation speaks English, we are not very fluent in Hindi, leave alone Urdu. I loved those dialogs and the experience to work and know about that era. For me, it was a study of Urdu on the sets under the guidance of JP and Javed saab."
About Rekha: "Rekha is very inspiring. It is not necessarily relative to just one performance, but her entire career, the span of characters that she has essayed, the performances that she has delivered itself is extremely inspiring. I am inspired by her performance. But I cannot ape her." (October 2006)
On her role in Umrao Jaan (2006) :"Playing Umrao Jaan was a demanding emotional journey. When a story takes that course, it is following an entire arc; it goes through all the possible emotions. The process was satisfying, inspiring and challenging. It forced me to deliver the best in every moment." (October 2006)
On being compared to Rekha in the original version of Umrao Jaan (1981): "For me, as an actor, it's a special experience to get the opportunity to play Umrao Jaan who has been already iconised on our celluloid. When I played Paro in Devdas, I went through the same area of questioning about how my role will be compared with the ones played earlier." (rediff.com,October 2006)
"My reason for choosing a film is not to impress people. I don't choose films for the box office." (November 2006)
"The audiences feel I am part of their life so they worry about me. I think that is very sweet of them and I tell them that when I will marry I will announce it. When I get married, you'll know. I believe in marriage and it is a beautiful institution." (November 2006)
"It is a very tricky situation when you get the chance to work in English films. I do films based on characters, not to get an entry into Hollywood or whatever. In English, my Bride & Prejudice did well world over. I don't know how it did in Hindi, but I know Jurassic Park too didn't do well in Hindi. I was glad audiences worldwide liked an English film that was Indian. When I did Mistress of Spices, I did it for Paul [Mayeda Berges, the director and husband of Gurinder Chadha] as a team. The film found its audiences. When the Provoked script came to me, I felt it was a very important story of an Indian woman based in London who killed her husband because of marital abuse. Kiranjit Ahluwalia made a big impression in England, and so I did this film because I felt it was an important story to be told. Provoked is an important film for many other Kirans in the world." (November 2006)
As far as The Last Legion (2007) is concerned, it is a film based on a book [A novel by Valerio Manfredi]. I don't think the character of Meera [her role] is there in the book. I did the film for the new experience and it is for the first time that I was with a complete foreign crew. Working with Ben Kingsley was a great experience. Meera is an Indian in the film and she has great roots and you will identify with her strength. I feel for Indian audiences, and want them to feel pride in what I am doing: I am not doing films just to be there as guest appearances.
On celebrating her 33rd birthday: "I am just not the birthday bash kind. My day will start with a visit to the Siddhivinayak temple with my family, something I do every year. There will be no loud parties... my birthday is a very private affair. Concidering I have to leave for Dubai tomorrow, it will be over early too. Only family and friends will be there." (November 1, 2006)
On the rumors that her black eye was the result of abuse by Salman Khan: "For some perverse reason, no one wants to believe me, that I fell down the stairs. First the media calls me the woman of the millennium, a woman of substance. Then how can the same media make me out to be such a doormat? I'm a self-respecting woman, I don't take nonsense from anyone. No one tries caveman tactics on me. Even Arnold Schwarzenegger can fall and get hurt, so why should I be any different?"
I have never deliberately driven attention to the fact that I am working in Hollywood films. I have categorically stated that I am working in different kinds of films, be it British, Hindi, Tamil or Bengali. It's all about doing films, which are my passion.
On meeting producer Harvey Weinstein for the first time at the 2005 Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People: "He is a big fan of Indian films. He has seen Devdas (2002/I), and said he respected my work. It's a big compliment coming from somebody who has such an immense body of work and yet is so humble from him? He discussed a few ideas and scripts with me. He is starting his own company. We are discussing projects. Time will tell all."
On attending the dinner for Time Magazines 100 Most Influential People of the Year in 2005: "I am surprised at my life's turn of events. Six of us were asked to raise the toast for the evening. And I raised it for my parents and for my fans, without whom I wouldn't have reached where I am today. Nicole Kidman had to rush out for some premiere, but she said that she and her son loved Bride and Prejudice and I told her how I loved all her performances. Sean Penn told me that I spoke well and I told him that I've always been his fan!"
Upon hearing that Julia Roberts had said that Aishwarya was the most beautiful woman she had ever seen: "That was embarrassing; at first I didn't believe she said that. I thought it was a rumor started by a journalist. But it's sweet. She's an incredible actor and she seems like a wonderful person, so all you can do is say, Thank you." (April 2007)
"I am not comfortable about kissing or nudity. I've never said I'd never kiss, or whatever on screen. I've always maintained I'd cross that bridge when I come to it. Again, I'm accused of playing it safe. The truth is, I don't know what tomorrow holds. So I can't make a close ended principle about it." (2007)
Her thoughts on modern women versus the queens of the era of Jodhaa Akbar (2008): I consider myself lucky to be born in today's era where a woman has far more freedom to exercise her rights. It took them ages to get ready for one appearance, and imagine staying behind curtains all day long. (2008)
On being voted the most bankable Bollywood star in Hollywood: Wow! Me the most bankable Bollywood star in Hollywood? Thank you! I must confess that any acknowledgment of hard work makes me feel content. In all humility I want to thank all those who feel I'm bankable.
God has given me plenty of reasons to smile and I feel it's time to spread it around. There are a lot of children out there who so desperately need help, but can't receive timely care because their families cannot afford this surgery or are ill-educated about this condition.
Where Are They Now
(May 2003) Released "Aishwarya's Greatest Hits" on DVD containing 50 of her music videos to date.
(April 2004) Will start her world-wide tour to perform alongside stars Lara Dutta, Celina Jaitly, Hrithik Roshan, and Fardeen Khan.
Director AR Murugadoss is proud of his forthcoming film '7aum Arivu', which he says is a mix of history, research and medicine. "I feel proud to make such a film. And am sure the audience too would feel so after watching it," says the 'Dheena' and 'Ghajini' director.
Confirming that the film would feature Suriya in multiple roles, the director says the actor's dedication and hard work in '7aum Arivu' would fetch him rich praises. "He is a director's actor. He would always exceed our expectations. Suriya is superb," Murugadoss says.
Produced by Udhayanidhi Stalin on Red Giant Movies banner, music of the film, composed by Harris Jayaraj, was launched in Chennai a couple of days ago. Initial reports suggest that the songs from '7aum Arivu' shot up the charts.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Cinema by and large is construed as a male bastion and the feeling is that women have no big role to play; in worse scenarios women can't play big roles. Apart from the traditional domain of acting, Tamil cinema has not seen too many females attaining sustained success.
Of course there are a few female directors, cinematographers, lyricists, editors and musicians, but the stress filled and inciting but the real domineering chair of a producer had not been occupied by females for long.
It is true that there were many names of women that were shown as the producer in the film's credit titles. But if you probe deep they would have been namesakes and the real complex work would have been done by other men in the family.
Women film producers graced Tamil film industry even as early as the beginning of Tamil cinema. TP Rajalakshmi who acted as the heroine of the first Tamil talkie Kalidas was the first female producer in this part of the world. She created history by writing, directing and producing the film 'Miss Kamala' in 1938.
After that there were a few other women, particularly leading actresses who enjoyed the privileged status as producers. Anjalidevi and Bhanumathi are better known among others to handle the tough job of a producer. They were fairly successful but still unknown whether all production work was handled by themselves.
Then there were many who passionately produced films like Savithri, Sowkar Janaki, Pandaribai, KR Vijaya, Sri Priya and a few more. For these people success was a rare fruit and most of them could not handle the production stresses and quietly swallowed the bitter results.
Savithri turned a director producing 'Praptham' with Sivaji in the lead only to be treated harshly by fate. Sowkar Jankai received only critical acclaim for her production 'Kaviya Thalaivi' and not the money back. KR Vijaya is said to have produced films like 'Naan Vaazha Vaipen', but all in someone else's name.
Sri Priya tasted super success with 'Neeya' as a producer but could not reproduce the same success for other films like 'Natchathiram' or 'Shanthi Muhurtham'. Sri Priya is one among the producers who had produced a decent number of films.
But the new millennium changed the dynamics and a lot of young women producers came into being and fight for their due recognitions. Radhika and Khushboo are well known female producers among the new lot. As they were actors of repute they knew the functions of cinema and managed to produce commercially viable films.
Now even more women have started producing films and the most important thing to be noted here is that these women call the shots without proxy. As producing a film is not just only putting the money but to travel with the film ensuring it is made the way the producer wanted, the young group is as tough as a producer should be.
Selvaraghavan - Dhanush's sister Dr. K. Vimalageetha is also one in the family of women producers.
K. Balachander's daughter Pushpa Kandhasamy is another producer of substance who handles the affairs neatly. Soundarya Rajnikanth-Ashwin successfully produced the film 'Goa' and is ready with her second film as the producer 'Sultan, The Warrior or Hara'
Mano Akkineni, granddaughter of legendary LV Prasad, took part in day to day production activities of her film 'Drohi' in the capacity of its producer. Mano initiated a change in the perception as her film 'Drohi' was not a candy floss romance but a commercial action film.
Punnagai Poo Geetha was a hands-on-producer for her films 'Arinthum Ariyamalum', 'Kundakka Mandakka' and 'Pattiyal'. Recently Geetha took over the production of Sonia Aggarwal's forthcoming film 'Oru Nadigayin Vakkumoolam' and the film just got bigger than before.
Shreya Reddy is one who handles production on behalf of her husband Vikram Reddy. She is a no-nonsense producer who will be there always in the thick of the action. Her recent fuming over the unprofessional behaviour of Boopathy Pandian regarding her new film to be produced with Vishal amply testifies the coming of age of women's production ventures.
There are no soft takes any more. Women producers mean business as well. It's a good sign and we hope they don't fall into the beaten tracks and we expect more socially significant films from them...
He was a popular director with some big hits behind his name before he started donning the greasepaint. He is Sundar C, who it is said would wield the megaphone again, as his passion is always to make movies.
"Sundar, who is keen at directing a film again, has started working on it. Vimal may play the lead role in the light-hearted entertainer which would go on floors soon," say sources.
Buzz is that Sundar would relaunch Vadivelu's career in this film, as he is responsible for taking the comedian to great heights by offering him some of the memorable roles. However, an official confirmation is yet to be made.
Remember the director is a specialist in humour and his films 'Ullathai Alli Tha', 'Mettukudi', 'Arunachalam', 'Unakkaga Ellam Unakaga' and 'Winner' stand testimony to it.
he Madurai Bench of the Madras High court on Wednesday dismissed Khusbhoo's petition seeking anticipatory bail in connection with a case related to election campaign, which was registered in Andipatti.
Kushboo, one of the star campaigners for the then ruling party DMK, has been accused of campaigning at Andipatti without permission from police and election officials and causing hindrance to public.
In her plea, the actress-politician said she belonged to a popular political party and was playing an important role as a campaigner for it. She contended that the case registered against her was false. However, Justice R Mala dismissed the plea.
At the same time, the court granted anticipatory bail to Kushboo in another case related to campaigning during Assembly elections. The case was registered against her for allegedly violating the model code of conduct while campaigning in Panchettypatti, Theni district.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Finally the release date of 'Nanban' is out! This multi-starrer will see a Pongal 2012 release! Although the movie was initially slated for a Diwali release, reliable sources in the trade now reveal that the film will be a Pongal treat for the Ilayathalapathy fans.
This film that is the official remake of '3 Idiots', a Bollywood super hit, features Vijay, Jiiva, Srikanth, Sathyaraj and Ileana in the lead roles. The movie is inspired by Chetan Bhagat's novel, and showcases ones perspective towards career, pressure from college authorities and family members and a lot more. It's more like a laugh riot with a serious social message
The film also has SJ Surya in a cameo appearance and it is his character that brings about an interesting twist to the story.
'Nanban' will also be dubbed and see a Telugu release simultaneously and to create a favorable market for the Ilayathalapathy in Andhra Pradesh, it is said that a number of Vijay's films might see a dubbed release in Telugu before Pongal! However, Ileana has a good fan following in there which might be a plus for the makers. A good marketing strategy indeed team 'Nanban'!