Sunday, 29 May 2011

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Kucch Luv Jaisaa (2011) - Hindi Movie Review

Kucch Luv Jaisaa (2011) - Hindi Movie Review


Cast and Crew :

Starring : Shefali Shah, Rahul Bose, Sumeet Raghavan, Neetu Chandra, Manmeet Singh, Khurshed Lawyer, Om Puri, Kunal Kumar, Amin Hajee
Directed by : Barnali Ray Shukla
Produced by : Vipul Amrutlal Shah
Screenplay by : Barnali Ray Shukla
Story by : Barnali Ray Shukla
Singers : Mohit Chauhan, Monali Thakur, Sunidhi Chauhan, Anupum Amod, Mannan Shah, Nikhil D’Souza, Shefali Alvaris, Naresh Iyer
Lyricist : Irshad Kamil
Music by : Pritam Chakraborty
Cinematography : Bobby Singh
Editing by : Hemanti Sarkar
Studio : Sunshine Pictures Pvt. Ltd


It seems a bit pointless now, the idea that actor Shifaali Shah actually went and spent a day in jail with real criminals to get a feel of what it is like to be in the company of crooks and thugs while preparing for her role in ‘Kucch Luv Jaisaa’. The exercise seems futile now because Rahul Bose’s Raghav, the ‘criminal’ that Shah’s bored housewife Madhu hangs out with, in the film, behaves more like an edgy yuppie than the hardened felon his character is supposed to be.

Vipul Shah’s latest, ‘Kucch Luv Jaisaa’, directed by debutante Barnali Ray Shukla, is a film balanced precariously; where on one hand, it stars two gifted actors, Shifaali and Rahul, in lead roles, on the other, the meandering story and weak script, coupled with extremely sketchy characterisations, mean the film never really picks up steam, and consequently, doesn’t quite hold onto the audience’s interest.

Most of the film deals with Shifaali’s Madhu looking for some excitement in her life on her birthday, feeling forgotten by her husband, Shravan, played by Sumeet Raghavan, who is too caught up in work to remember the big day, 29th February, even though it comes once in four years. Riled, Madhu leaves home to embark on a day long adventure around the city. She teams up with Bose’s Raghav, who she runs into at a restaurant and thinks is a private detective hot on the trail of his target. In reality though, Raghav is a forgery artist on the run from the police, having been outed by his beloved girlfriend, a wannabe actress he was going to propose to. The two bond over the course of the day, learning something about themselves as individuals and finding a new attitude towards life at the end of it all.

At its core, the Achilles heel on ‘Kucch Luv Jaisaa’ seems to be the lack of vision exhibited by director Barnali Ray Shukla, who has also penned the film. Where the film sets out to be an adventure that Madhu is out on, the action here turns out to be quite bland and passive. While the film opens up well enough, with a happy Madhu slowly having her hopes crushed, as her husband leaves home without making any mention of her birthday, the action thereafter quickly turns dull as dishwater. Scenes like Madhu’s breakout montage are handled in a rather hammy manner. Jumping on a bed and shopping for a makeover might fit in fine in a film about high school romances, but they hardly work in a film that tries to deal with a more mature set of characters. In any case, post makeover, Madhu too starts behaving like a giggly schoolgirl, chatting up Raghav in a rather insipid sort of way, taking his private detective line at face value, certainly not something that you expect a mother of two to do.

Speaking of Raghav, the action between him and Madhu also turns out to be quite watery. For the most part in the first half, the twosome just keep driving around town chasing their target; how this adds to the plot of the film, apart from adding a good half hour to it, one has no way of knowing. The hints of romance between the two in the second half also come upto a naught. While the promos of the film promote it as a ‘luv’ story of sorts between the two leads, one can’t quite figure out at what point the two find a connection, while the ambiguity of the end doesn’t help.

The half-hearted characterisations of the film hamper its potential to a great extent as well. While Madhu’s character is relatable in the initial part of the film, she slowly seems to turn into a curious teenager as the film progresses, playing along with the private detective gag as though she’s performing in a school play. Raghav, on the other hand, swings between being a toughened criminal on the run and being a forlorn lover fantasizing about his girl.

In such a scenario, one doesn’t quite know who the credit (or discredit) for the performances belong to. While Shifaali Shah and Rahul Bose are actors who have proved their talents time and again, here, they seem to be shackled by their characters. While it is refreshing to see Shifaali here in a lighter role after all her ‘maa’ turns, and her Madhu conveys a certain sense of joie de vivre in her evolution from a housewife to just a woman, she does get a bit jarring at times and it doesn’t seem like an entirely realistic depiction of a housewife’s frame of mind.

Rahul on the other hand, plays his quiet Raghav with the adequate amount of gravitas, though his idea of being a ‘tapori’ gangster seems to revolve around speaking in rough, half-sentences and eating his food in the most gluttonous way possible. Being a new sort of role for Bose, at times, one can still spot the hangover of his usual, prim-and-proper English speaking roles here.

Sumeet Raghavan as Shravan gets a raw deal, his advertising exec husband coming off as rather smarmy in dialogues where he claims to know women inside out. At other times, like the end, the chemistry between him and Raghavan also leaves much to desire, while Neetu Chandra, as Raghav’s devious girlfriend gets few scenes and does strictly okay. Om Puri strikes a cameo as Madhu’s understanding father, and plays it well as always.

Pritam’s music for the film has few standouts, though a few tracks, like ‘thoda sa pyaar’ and ‘baadlon pe paon’ gel well with the visuals.

Debutante Barnali Ray Shukla needs to take a second stab at finding her directorial fortunes, as ‘Kucch Luv Jaisaa’ turns out to be a misstep. While it is an interesting image change for the two, and Shifaali Shah and Rahul Bose share an interesting chemistry, ultimately, the film here simply doesn’t have enough substance, nor does the writer-director Barnali have enough experience to keep the audiences engaged. ‘Kucch Luv Jaisaa’ sets out to be an out-of-box story about human relations, but ends up so dull that it turns out to be something else entirely.

Sports was never so Tweet

Sports was never so Tweet

Twitter was abuzz after the weekend conclusion to IPL and Champions League finals 2011. With things getting Messier and Messier, it was time for “eventually the best team, the best organised, the best selected and the best led” that had the honour to lift the cup of glory.

Cricketer Dale Steyn resorted to humour as he tweeted: “It’s going to be tight but it looks like CSK and BARCA are the people’s choice! I’m off to dinner, my choice is the fish, and chef says that’s the best! Ha ha”.

Clearly supporting Barcelona was actor Shreya, “Really like both the teams but Barca has the magic”. Siddharth who updated his tweets regularly, posted an interesting tweet after the football finals, “Barca has half the Spanish team. Can’t help but look at them with awe. Sir Alex looks molested. Shouting at everyone ;)”.

The conclusion to the sports extravaganza was summarised perfectly by Steyn, “A weekend of great sport! Well done CSK, true champions with their second trophy! You are all heroes.”

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Ileana D'Cruz denies Catfight

Ileana D'Cruz denies catfight

Pretty actress Ileana rubbishes reports about her alleged “catfight” with Priyanka Chopra in Barfee, and about she insisting on “extra” footage in the romantic comedy. She claims that the schedule was not deferred as reported; rather she was supposed to start shooting from June 1.

“She was shocked with these baseless reports since the rumours cropped up even before she commenced shooting for the film. Although she has met Ranbir Kapoor once, she hasn’t even met Priyanka,” says a source close to the actor.

The source adds that if the role hadn’t been challenging, the South superstar wouldn’t have signed the B-town film in the first place.

“Director Anurag Basu etched out prominent and significant roles for both Priyanka and Ileana, so there is no room for silly catfights,” she adds. But, is Ileana slightly wary of the hostile B-town press? “She is preparing herself mentally to overlook the false reports and focus on her work,” she states.

It looks like it’s the season of “denials” for Ileana, but the strong girl is confident of bouncing back!

Shahid begins shooting for Kunal Kohli's next

Shahid Kapoor begins shooting for Kunal Kohli's next

After wrapping up the shooting of his father Pankaj Kapoor's directorial debut 'Mausam', Shahid Kapoor has started working for Kunal Kohli's next.

'Morning all .. day 1 on @kunalkohli's new film.. Starting a new film after a year. Wish me luck u all .. Keep it real (sic),' Shahid tweeted.

Kunal also took to Twitter to welcome Shahid onboard and wrote: '@shahidkapoor joins us today. His first day of shoot,starting with a ... Haha can't say what scene (sic).'

The film also stars Priyanka Chopra.

Don't want to expose my chilren to media: Juhi Chawla

Juhi Chawla always kept her personal life away from prying media eyes and says she leads a very simple life and wants the same for her children.

She says that it's her nature from the begining to keep personal life away from the limelight and she maintained it 'before I was married, after I was married and had my kids. I am from a very grounded background and had a very simple, very regular life.'

'God gave me opportunities that I could branch out and do something glamorous,' Juhi told IANS.

Talking about her children, she said: 'It's not like that I am wanting them (children) to join the (film) industry so let me expose them. I wouldn't have them miss school to attend a shooting.'

Juhi got married to businessman Jai Mehta in 1998 and has two kids, Jhanvi and Arjun.

'When they grow up and decide what they want to do, I'll always help them,' she said.

Adah Sharma in awe of Sanjay Dutt

Actress Adah Sharma, who made her debut with Vikram Bhatt's '1920', has been completely in awe of her 'Pri and Me' co-star Sanjay Dutt since her school days.

Adah and her gang of friends were such huge fans of Sanjay that when one of them discovered that he stayed in Pali Hill, they created an amteur search party and went all around their neighbourhood trying to find his home and catch a glimpse of her favourite actor.

'Pri and Me' is a romantic comedy and will be Adah's second film after '1920'. Sanjay Dutt will be seen in a comeo role.

404 (2011) - Hindi Movie Review

404 (2011) - Hindi Movie Review

Cast and Crew :

Starring : Imaad Shah, Nishikant Kamath, Rajvvir Aroraa, Satish Kaushik, Tisca Chopra, Mukesh Bhatt
Directed by : Prawaal Raman
Produced by : Nameeta Nair
Music by : Imaad Shah
Editing by : Sarvesh Parab
Banner : Imagik Media Private Ltd.


When one talks about horror film, one conjures up an image of creaking doors, ear-splitting screams and terrified teenagers running away from evil spirits. In Prawaal Raman’s ‘404’, you won’t find any such trappings and yet, you find yourself struck by the muted terror of this psychological thriller.

Starring Rajwir Aroraa, Imaad Shah, Satish Kaushik, Tisca Chopra and Nishikanth Kamath, ‘404’ opens with the life of a medical school fresher Abhimanyu (Rajwir Aroraa), who becomes a victim of ragging. One fine day, his senior Chris (Imaad Shah) asks him to research about a student who committed suicide in the hostel. From here onwards starts a mind freezing journey which shakes you to the marrow - Abhimanyu stars communicating with the dead. With things getting difficult to handle, the resident psychiatrist (Nishikant Kamath) tries to uphold the rational approach. Will he be successful in his endeavour?

‘404’ is no ordinary horror film as it is full of realism. It is an intelligent film and not gimmickry in the name of supernatural thriller. The characters and setting are truly lifelike and real. Rajwir and Imaad are brilliant and so is Nishikant Kamath, whose portrayal of an in-house psychologist adds a lot of depth and conviction. There is a constant danger lurking around, which adds new twists and turns to the film. The screenplay is taut and compelling, which keeps the audience glued to the seats till the very end. Kudos to Savita Singh’s for breathtaking cinematography and Sarvesh Parab’s tight editing.

‘404' is the flight of mind and its power to see beyond the ephemeral world, an unfamiliar after life and a life changing experience.

Do watch out ‘404’!

Shilpa Shetty’s Estate taken over by Squatter Gang

Shilpa Shetty’s Estate taken over by Squatter Gang

A private estate in Britain that is home to a host of celebrities – including Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty – is reportedly being taken over by a gang of squatters.

The celebrity residents of the St. George’s Hill community in Weybridge, Surrey, are now being asked to be “vigilant” following the arrival of the squatters, the Daily Mail reported.

Former residents of the estate include singer Elton John, former Beatle Ringo Starr and Hollywood actress Kate Winslet.

Six squatters reportedly moved into the abandoned three million pound, six-bedroom Woodlawn Cottage on the exclusive estate in April, and claim they were not acting illegally.

The property was reportedly abandoned six years ago and has since become derelict. The squatters say they plan to stay as long as possible.

“It is legal for me to be here. I found the place on Google maps so I came up to have a look and the place was open. The locks had been broken off, no one was living here, it was completely open – so why not?” a squatter named Stefan Cybulski said.

Homeowners now say they want the illegal movers out.

“It does seem pretty extraordinary that the police can’t do anything to get these people off the estate,” a resident said.

“They have no right to be here, yet the law appears to be on their side – it’s completely wrong.”

Properties on the estate are worth nearly 10 million pounds.

A security guard is now being employed to keep the property under surveillance. Police have set up extra patrol of the area.

Preity Zinta says, Brett Lee link-up news stale

Bollywood Actress Preity Zinta says, Australian team Cricketer Brett Lee link-up news stale

Bollywood actress Preity Zinta seems to have got quite bored with her constant link-up to Australian fast bowler Brett Lee, who now plays for her Indian Premier League team Kings XI Punjab.

The actress, who was earlier dating industrialist Ness Wadia, took to micro-blogging site Twitter to tell her friends and fans that she is just friends with Lee.

Bollywood Actress Preity Zinta says, Australian team Cricketer Brett Lee link-up news stale

"I think being romantically linked to Brett every year is outdated and stale news now! So sorry to say folks NO NEWS here! FRIENDS yeesss (sic)," posted Preity.

The duo was recently spotted together at a restaurant in Mumbai, and according to reports, they chose to exit separately to avoid paparazzi.

Lee has expressed on many occasions earlier that Preity is his favourite actress.

Rajinikanth in ICU in Singapore hospital

Tamil Superstar Rajinikanth in ICU in Singapore hospital

Tamil superstar Rajinikanth, who was flown in here from Chennai for treatment, has been admitted to intensive care unit of the city-state's Mount Elizabeth Hospital and is stated to be in a stable condition.

The 61-year-old actor is in stable condition, the Channel News Asia reported on Saturday night quoting Dhanush, Tamil actor and the mega star's son-in-law.

Rajinikanth had suffered from exhaustion on April 29, the first day of the shoot of his latest venture Raana, and was admitted to the Isabel Hospital in Chennai.

He was discharged the same day only to be readmitted there on May 4 for allergic bronchitis and viral fever.

On May 13, he was admitted to Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre for respiratory infection and other problems.

He was flown in Singapore yesterday for treatment.

Bipasha detained at Airport

Bollywood Actress Bipasa Basu was detained at the Airport

Actress Bipasha Basu was on Thursday stopped at the international airport here for not declaring dutiable goods and cleared only after paying duty, the second such incident this month after starlet Minissha Lamba was detained for not revealing jewellery worth over Rs 30 lakh.

The "Dhoom 2" actress was intercepted after she had crossed the green channel without making any declaration of some items of personal use on her arrival from London.

"Actress Bipasha Basu was caught carrying come undeclared items the value of which was not high. She was let off after she paid the duty," Additional Commissioner of Customs Mahender Pal said.

She was carrying undeclared goods worth over Rs 65,000 and so we asked her to pay the duty of Rs 13,000 which she did," said P M Govande, Commissioner of Customs (Airport). No fine or penalty was imposed.

Customs sources said she was carrying sandals, sunglasses and perfume, which she did not know also required to be declared.

She was very cooperative and showed all the bills, they said.

In a brief statement the actress said, "It was just a routine check up at the airport and many others were being checked as well. I paid Rs 12,000 as taxes against some personal goods. I think the customs team is doing an excellent job."

Lamba was detained at the airport on May 18 on her arrival from Cannes, France, for not declaring gold and diamond jewellery worth over Rs 30 lakh.

She was let off after two rounds of questioning, one of which lasted for over 16 hours. Lamba had claimed that the ornaments were given by a jewellery brand for purely promotional purpose to be worn at the Cannes film festival, where she had walked the red carpet.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Rathinirvedam to release on June 3

Rathinirvedam to release on June 3

One of the most eagerly awaited movie in Malayalam is the remake of Rathinirvedam.

The all new Rathinirvedam directed by TK Rajeev Kumar and produced by Menaka Suresh under the banner of Revathy Kalamandir is releasing on June 3.

The new Rathinirvedam stars Shweta Menon in the title role of Rathi and Sreejith in the role of Pappu.

The 1978 Rathinirvedam written by Padmarajan and directed by Bharathan had Jayabharathi playing the role of Rathi Chechi.

The film has music by M Jayachandran and camera is by Manoj Pillai. The film will be releasing in 50 odd screens in Kerala on June 3, and is expected to take a good opening.

Friday, 27 May 2011

Haunted - 3D (2011) - Hindi Movie Review

Haunted - 3D (2011) - Hindi Movie Review

Cast and Crew :

Starring : Mahakshay Chakraborty, Twinkle Bajpai, Achint Kaur, Arif Zakaria, Krishna Bhatt, Abdul Manna, Mohan Kapoor, Sanjay Sharma, Nikita Janjani, Prachi Shah
Directed by : Vikram Bhatt
Produced by : Vikram Bhatt, Arun Rangachari
Screenplay by : Brent Robinson
Story by : Amin Hajee
Singers : Suzanne D'Mello, KK, Tia Bajpai, Jojo, Najam Sheraz, Sidharth Basrur, Nikhil D'souza
Lyricist : Shakeel Azmi, Junaid Wasi
Music by : Chirantan Bhatt
Cinematography : Praveen Bhatt
Studio : BVG Films, Dar Motion Pictures


After a series of films belonging to diverse genres, like GHULAM [action drama], KASOOR [suspense thriller], RAAZ [horror] and AWARA PAAGAL DEEWANA [action/comedy], Vikram Bhatt has finally found his calling with a genre that not many storytellers would venture into -- horror. Like his previous films, 1920 and SHAAPIT, HAUNTED sells the most basic emotion, fear, but the question is, do the thrills and chills send your adrenaline rushing? Is HAUNTED daunting enough? And does it succeed in giving you those heebie-jeebies that you associate with horror movies?

With HAUNTED, Bhatt merges the deadly combo of horror with 3D effectively. It's an absorbing and gripping edge of the seat horror film that keeps the mercury rising in those 2.15 hours. This movie is not for the faint-hearted, I wish to state at the very outset.

For Bhatt, it all began with RAAZ. He gave the audience a taste of classy, spine chilling horror experience with that film and after a gap of almost six years revisited the genre with 1920 and SHAAPIT. After a trilogy of spooky films and comprehending the genre better, the film-maker delivers yet another scare fest that ranks amongst his most accomplished works so far.

What really sets HAUNTED apart from films of its ilk, even those attempted by Bhatt, is the fact that it never takes the tried-and-tested route or resorts to cliches while narrating the tale of a haunted mansion. In fact, there are times when one feels that Bhatt is taking the easy route of getting back to the comfort zone with some worn out sequences, but the goings-on, all of a sudden, take a 360 degree turn and enter a zone we could've never envisioned. And this happens not once or twice, but several times in the storyline. Sure, HAUNTED packs in spooky effects aplenty like the lights going off in the haunted mansion, creaky doors, the evil spirit jumping from nowhere et al that makes a desi horror film 'comprehensive' in the true sense. But, at the same time, Bhatt uses silence to a chilling effect. Also, the plot has been well situated in the desi milieu thanks to the neat and intelligent writing by writer Amin Hajee. Bhatt and the writer's trump card is the merging of the new technology with old-fashioned beliefs and values that a wide chunk of Indians still adhere to, despite the fast-changing times.

Another prime reason why HAUNTED stays with you is, well, watching the story unfold in 3D. It claims to be India's first Stereoscopic 3D film and it better live up to it, right? After all, we have watched 3D films and also 2D-converted-to-3D films unfold on the Hindi screen rapidly, post AVATAR. Though not at par with what the West has to offer, HAUNTED definitely takes a leap by Indian standards. The technology adds a new dimension to this horror film.

Now let's look at the flipside. If the writing is smart and wicked at most times, it gives away at a few places as well. Especially when [spoiler alert] the hero goes back in time and romances the heroine. The entire dance and song sequence in the middle of the night is outrageous and despicable simply because when you have fatality staring at you in your face, you just cannot dance and sing. It takes away the gravity of the goings-on. Actually, HAUNTED would've made a greater impact had it been a songless film, since the songs act as an encumbrance in an otherwise almost perfect fare.

Besides, the rape sequence seems very tame by today's standards. In fact, the physical attacks were depicted far more illustratively in THE ENTITY and also in the Tabu starrer HAWA.

Yet another factor that makes you restless is the culmination after what the viewer presumes is the climax. Let me explain. This film prides itself in two endings. The viewer assumes that the film would end the moment the couple reaches the dargah, but it doesn't. This, despite the fact that the sequence leading to the dargah -- the spirit now attains human form, flies in the air and tries to stop the couple from reaching there -- is astounding. But there's more to follow and that only prolongs the culmination by another 20 minutes. Sure, even those penultimate moments are well implemented and the 3D effects only heighten the impact, but why this need for a subsequent climax when the story could've concluded at the dargah itself? Prior to that, the miniature set depicting the sleepy hillside township [at the interval point], when the hero realizes that he is transported to 1936 from the present day, appear weird and counterfeit.

Final word? Despite the flaws, HAUNTED doesn't erase the efforts of the rest of the film. It does not fall into the category of tacky, cliched, gimmicky, brutal horror films. On the contrary, it's an absorbing, slick, efficiently told horror movie, 3D or no 3D. Catering completely to those who love to get spooked!

Set in the misty mountains, HAUNTED tells the story of the sprawling Glen Manor, a mansion with a secret past and a haunted present. Rehan [Mahaakshay], an estate agent, visits Glen Manor to complete its sale, which his father had initiated. But he realizes that certain mysterious occurrences in the manor are out to jeopardize the sale. However, when he investigates these inexplicable happenings, he discovers a secret. A spirit that had trapped another spirit in the mansion for as many as 80 years.

Like I stated at the very outset, HAUNTED is amongst Bhatt's most accomplished works. Not only has he executed the film well, the film also has several scary moments with recall value aplenty. Besides, HAUNTED must've been quite a challenge for Bhatt from the writing point of view as well, since he had to visualize the goings-on in 3D. Another facet that I wish to highlight is the clever usage of background score [Raju Rao] in the narrative. Of course, the background score is just perfect, but there are times when the silence is shattered with a music piece that only augments the bloodcurdling moment. Pravin Bhatt's cinematography is top notch.

Mahaakshay does a decent job. He's fairly good in most parts, but I found his performance to be stilted at times. However, he's come a long way from his debut film, but the lad still needs to work on his body and acting skills. Tia is absolutely excellent as the frightened victim. In fact, the actress is a complete revelation, handling a tough role in her debut film with remarkable ease. The lead pair gets major help from the supporting cast. Achint Kaur is incredible and it's really unfortunate that film-makers have never really tapped the potential of this fine actor. Arif Zakaria sinks his teeth into this role, striking terror when required. In fact, the prosthetics of Achint and Arif are worth recalling. Mohan Kapoor does well in a brief role. Sanjay Sharma, as the Sufi saint, is very good. Prachee is fairly good.

On the whole, HAUNTED is for today's movie savvy audience. It succeeds in keeping you tense and edgy, as a true poltergeist/horror flick should. There are scenes and situations aplenty to shock and astound the viewer coupled with the 3D effects, the prosthetics, the background score, an absorbing screenplay and deft handling of the subject material. It is these superior factors that outweigh the blemishes and make it an interesting cinematic experience. Go, get spooked!

Thursday, 26 May 2011

'Ready' revolves around Salman and I don't mind it: Asin

'Ready' revolves around Salman Khan and I don't mind it: Asin Thottumkal

She is the leading lady in 'Ready' but actress Asin Thottumkal says she has no problems with Salman Khan hogging the limelight in the film's promotions.

"When a film stars Salman Khan, it is but natural that the script is written to accentuate his presence in the film. It is also logical to have the film revolve around him. The same has to reflect in the promos as well where his style and mannerisms are exposed to the audience," Asin told the media.

The Annes Bazmee directorial is the third Hindi film for the 25-year-old actress, who has decided to work in only one big Bollywood venture a time and wait for the results rather than pick up multiple projects.

"This was a conscious decision. I waited for the best offer to come my way and I got that in the form of 'Ready' where I get to play a solo heroine in a commercial film with Salman and Anees Bazmee," said Asin.

And the actress has the trend continuing with her next film 'Housefull 2' as well, where she has Akshay Kumar for company. With almost a decade's experience in South Indian films, Asin debuted in Bollywood opposite Aamir Khan in 'Ghajini'.

Despite being in showbiz for so long and working with superstars, the actress says she hasn't let fame get to her head.

'Ready' revolves around Salman Khan and I don't mind it: Asin Thottumkal

"I am a grounded person, mainly because of the kind of upbringing that I have had. My parents are very down to earth people and that is one reason why I never try to fly high.

Being a part of the industry hasn't changed one bit of me or my family over the years," she said.

I feel everyday that I still have to prove a point.

I don't consider myself as someone who is so big that her success could go to her head," she said.

Salman is called Prem in 'Ready', which sparked off rumours that the actor is set to re-create his onscreen chemistry with Madhuri Dixit from the hit movie 'Hum Aapke Hai Kaun'.

But Asin dismissed them as mere speculation. "I don't know from where did these Madhuri-Salman talks start. In fact while I was shooting for the film, I wasn't even thinking of Madhuri or making any conscious effort to recreate it. We just went ahead and followed the script."

"I am sure that I hadn't got any such brief. If at all such stories started making rounds, it was after the shooting was through. Perhaps some people saw a still or two from the film and started bringing on comparisons with Madhuri or Aishwarya. I can assure though that all of this is plain speculation," she said.

Trisha refuses role opposite Sunil

Trisha Krishnan refuses role opposite Sunil Varma

Leading actress Trisha, who has acted with almost all Telugu heroes, has refused to star opposite young hero-comedian Sunil in his upcoming Telugu film Napoleon, produced by Dil Raju and directed by Rajamouli's associate Koti.

On hearing the story, producer Dil Raju felt Trisha would be apt for the female lead role and approached her. To the producer’s surprise, she refused the offer for reasons best known to her.

The makers have hence started searching for another heroine. It is said that Deeksha Seth is under consideration. The movie is expected to start in August; other details are yet to be known.

Friday, 20 May 2011

100% Love (2011) - Telugu Movie Review

100% Love (2011) - Telugu Movie Review

Cast and Crew :

Starring : Naga Chaitanya, Tamannaah Bhatia, Anand, Naresh, K. R. Vijaya, Vijay Kumar, Dharmavarapu
Directed by : Sukumar
Produced by : Bunny Vasu
Written by : Chandra Sekhar T Ramesh, Hari Prasad
Singers : Adnan Sami, Harini, Ranjith, Devi Sri Prasad, Tippu, Swati Reddy, Priya Himesh, Murali, Sri Charan, Richard
Lyricist : Ramajogayya Shastry, Shree Mani, Dev, Chandrabose
Music by : Devi Sri Prasad
Cinematography : Prasad
Studio : Geetha Arts


Story

Balu (Naga Chaitanya) is a brilliant student and always tops his class. Maha Lakshmi (Tamanna) is maradalu of Balu and she comes from village and stays in Balu’s house to do her graduation in the same college. Balu has the typical ego possessed by state rankers and he is obsessed by it. His studies get disturbed with the entry to Maha Lakshmi as she starts dominating him over a period of time. This leads to differences and ego clashes between Balu and Maha Lakshmi. There is also a subplot of two separated grand parents. The rest of the story is all about how Balu and Mahalakshmi realise that they are made for each other.

Artists Performance

Naga Chaitanya: Naga Chaitanya who has done the role of an intense lover in YMC follows it up with a fun-filled character of Balu with a mental complex in 100% Love. He wore spectacles and a light beard and it suited the character very well. It is tailor-made character for him. His diction and accent is also changed in this film and it sounds little like that of Allu Arjun.

Tamannaah Bhatia: Tamanna looks fabulous in the movie. Her traditional hairdo in the beginning of the movie is not attractive, but she is gorgeous when she lets her hair loose in the latter part of the movie, She is an asset to the movie. Sukumar has shown bias towards heroine character in this movie as he etched her role as a magnanimous, understanding and empathising girl.

Others: KR Vijaya and Vijay Kumar did the role of grandparents. There are around 10 kids who entertain you will their mischief and innocence in the first half. Satyam Rajesh did a cameo and it is really good. MS Narayana did his second most preferred character (after drunkard) - college principal. Anand and Tara Alisha are good as beaus of lead pair. Naresh and Dharmavarapu Subramanyam are okay.

Technical departments

Story - screenplay - direction: Looks like Sukumar is carrying his school-day memories all along. The entire writing for the first half of the movie is taken from the college life and is wrote in a realistic, yet entertaining way. Sukumar brought the family angle in the second half to bring all-roundness to the commercial aspect of the script. The basic conflict of this movie is driven by the complexity of the male lead. Heroine character that enters as a nobody into the life of hero starts getting mature, intelligent, magnanimous and sexy as the story progresses. Sukumar is in his elements with 100% Love movie. He has also toned down the eccentricity he has shown in Arya 2 hero characterization to make 100% Love hero character an universally acceptable one. There are a few redundant and dull moments in the second half, but he managed to get everything right in the scenes that followed. Sukumar’s creativity is wild, and it if it’s kept under permissible limits - he is going to do wonders. The only unconvincing part for me in the script is the separation of grandparents, which forms the central point of the movie. Screenplay penned by J Hari Prasad is good. I liked the way the story is narrated from point of view of hero in the first half and the point of view of heroine in the second half.

Other departments: Music by Devi Sri Prasad is superb. All songs are good. They are so good that I expected so much out of the picturization of the songs. The only song that completely satisfied my expectations is whistles-worth ‘diyyalo’. The second best is ‘Infatuation’ song followed by ‘A square’. Devi Sri Prasad has also excelled in the background score (the clucking sound of a hen/chicken used as bgm for chicken-eating episodes). Cinematography is decent. But there is no vibrancy in visuals. There could be a problem with lighting, photography, color-grading or visual effects (or the projection system in theater). This movie would have been really cool if the visuals are more vibrant (like Arya movie). Editing is fine. There is only one fight in the movie which is composed by Ram Lakshman. Pixelloid who are usually brilliant with their work should have taken more time in the visual effects as they look little patchy in the first song. The first time producer Bunny Vaas has done a neat job in assembling the best of the team to deliver a nice product. However, he should have invested more time/effort on the visuals output of the movie.

Analysis: I always have a feeling that movie quality/passion will be reflected in the title cards. And Sukumar never disappoints. The title cards of this movie are one of the best I had seen in Telugu films. First half of the movie is full of fun and frolic. Second half has family orientation and goes on a routine track. This movie is all about little nuances about psychology and fun. Plus points are Sukumar’s creative thinking and music. There are a few dull moments in the second half, but they are not going to disturb the flow of the movie. The negative shade in hero characterization might not appeal to a few. On a whole, 100% Love is a cool film with nice entertainment. Go and watch it 100%.

Trade talk: This movie is made on a budget of 10.5 crores. 40% of it is recovered through the sale of satellite and audio rights. Nizam, East and West territories are retained by the producer and the rest are sold at a reasonable prices. With it’s entertainment quotient and youth(1st half)/family(2nd half) orientation, 100% Love is likely to get profits to everybody involved in the supply chain (producer, distributor and exhibitor).

Bollywood wishes Quick Recovery to Rajini

Bollywood wishes Quick Recovery to 'Superhero' Rajinikanth

After every other Bollywood personality shown concern towards Tamil superstar Rajinikanth’s health, Bollywood Baadshah ‘Shahrukh Khan’, an admirer of the Tamil matinee idol has praised the superstar and wished him a speedy recovery.

SRK, who is busy with his IPL franchisee, Kolkatta Knight riders and his film ‘RA.One’ after coming to know about the health condition of Rajini immediately tweeted by saying that, “suddenly felt awful yesterday while driving back from the match to know rajni sir is unwell. he is our superhero…insha allah he will be well soon”.

Meanwhile SRK’s rival Salman Khan, who after receiving a National award for Dabangg [best wholesome entertainment category] was more worried about the health condition of the Tamil superstar. He was quoted saying, “Thanks to god he is ok now”.

Rajnikanth, admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre in Chennai, is improving after advanced treatment, including hemodialysis, according to doctors attending on him.

Amitabh Bachchan tweeted "Rajinikant is improving gradually she (wife Latha) informs me, today by sms .. we hope and pray that he recovers as soon as possible .. our prayers."

Yesteryear actor Dev Anand tweeted "I pray for my dear Rajini's sound health and speedy recovery."

Veteran actor Dharmendra, who spoke to him a few days back, is worried about his health.

Bobby Deol said "I hope he gets well soon. We all love him. Not just an actor, he is a great human being. That's why everyone loves him and everyone is praying for his quick recovery. I am very sure he will get well soon."

Priyanka Chopra tweeted "I wish him a better health."

Arshad Warsi said "I think he is god to all actors and I hope he gets better. Industry needs him, the whole country needs him and we love him a lot."

Riteish Deshmukh tweeted "We love Rajni sir and I wish him best of health. Hope he gets better as soon as possible. I am praying to god."

Javed Jaffrey tweeted "First thing that comes to mind about Rajiniji is that he is a fantastic human being. He has taken the style quotient to a different height. We all pray for his quick recovery."

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Minissha detained at Airport with Undeclared Jewellery

Bollywood Actress Minissha Lamba was detained at the Mumbai Airport with Undeclared Jewellery

Bollywood actress Minisha Lamba caught red handed?.... It is reported that the actress has been detained for few hours at Mumbai Airport due to carrying undeclared jewellery which is claimed to be value of sum of Rs. 50 lakh. This whole story took place at Mumbai Airport while Minissha flew from Cannes film festival on Wednesday.

Let us brightened the whole story. Minissha was in Cannes as she was invited by the filmmakers to attend the premier of Woody Allen's film , 'Midnight in Paris'. After that when she came back to India she was caught by AIU because she was carrying few jewellery with her which cost around Rs. 50 lakh without declaring it to the customs.

According to the sources Minissha Lamba was carrying some diamond ornaments given by the brands of jewellery. A senior custom officer said, "She was supposed to notify it to the customs department,'' He also added that she had not declared any jewellery when she flew out.

Some people who are close to Minissha said in support of her, she has all the required papers. ''The jewellery was been given by one of the jewellery brands so it could be showcased when Lamba walked the red carpet for Woody Allen's film premier,''

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Wednesday, 18 May 2011

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