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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Himesh Reshammiya enters Kollywood

Move over A.R.Rahman, Yuvan Shankar Raja and Harris Jayaraj. Himesh Reshammiya, is here in Kollywood.

Himesh is Bollywood’s hottest music director and a craze with the youth. He has been signed by producer Oscar Ravichandran for his prestigious Kamal Hassan big budget film Dasavatharam to be directed by K.S.Ravikumar.

When A.R.Rahman walked out of Dasavatharam, Ravikumar was baffled as music is an integral part of his film. After weeks of hunting around, finally the choice zeroed in on Himesh Reshammiya, one of the busiest music composers in Bollywood today.

It was the song Just Chill.. from Maine Pyaar Kyon Kiya and the music score of Aashiq Banaya Aapne… that made Reshammiya hot with the generation next. It was followed by a string of hits like Garam Masala, 36 China Town, Gangster and last week’s Phir Hera Pheri.

It is a coup of sorts for Oscar Films to sign up Himesh who will be composing six songs for the film.[ Sify Movies ]

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Friday, June 23, 2006

Krrish - Reviews Hrithik makes Krrish work

This one is a Hrithik vehicle from start to finish. That Priyanka gets noticed at all is a coincidence because a heroine was necessary in a love story. But to call Krrish a mere love story would be an injustice...

The film is pure entertainment from the first instant. Rakesh Roshan, the director, allows himself the indulgence of a moral only after the love story is defined. Good vs evil is always an easy moral stance to take, and one which finds buyers [distributors] anytime anyplace. The Koi Mil Gaya story moves further and leaves the end open to move still further.

The masterstroke in this one was the return of Rohit, the supposedly dead hero of Koi Mil Gaya and father of Krrish. Roshan knows well the effect of an unexpected emotional reunion of this kind . And to give him his due, it worked. And the reasons for Rohit’s return too are plausible enough to not warrant ridicule.

Now to come to Hrithik. One can't say that the boy has grown as an actor because he hasn’t. He was a 200% actor right from Kaho Na Pyar Hai. And his forte is intensity, emotions as well as action, not to mention his dancing prowess, which is a given today. Now, if someday he starts singing his own songs, he’ll be an absolutely complete actor.

His good looks combined with an absolute sincerity of expression works so well that he has audiences charmed by him at once. The truth is - he isn’t faking the emotion either. He has obviously worked at feeling it and then expressing it. And the result is effective, to say the least.

This is the story of a superhero, who is first human and then a being with extraordinary powers that make him strangely vulnerable and invulnerable at the same time. He is invincible from attack but human enough to feel pain.. He is strong enough to confront pain but human enough to be hurt. The character Hrithik plays is so appealing and requires such ability to eke out that one must acknowledge the boy’s acting prowess once again.

True, it is his home production and true, his father has directed him, but Hrithik’s is a performance that requires chewing on. It isn’t a mechanical one. And he rises even above the incredible special effects of the film.

As for the rest, one wishes Rekha would decide whether she’s young or old. The long nails and the studied mannerisms, combined with the shaky voice and slow gait, make her something of a travesty.

Naseeruddin shah plays the calculating shrewd scientist with panache and Priyanka Chopra does a decent job as a complementary leading lady. The film is sure to become a rage with kids.

For the minuses - it seems too long at times and you’ve to shrug yourself out of somnolence. There is a feeling of repititiveness at times.This brings about ennui and a feeling of predictability. But that’s splitting hairs for little or no reason. The film is a must-see just for the fun of seeing Hrithik take on the corrupt powers single-handedly.

If cinema has the freedom to go beyond the believable, Krrish certainly does that and does it believable. It is to Hrithik’s credit that he plays an unbelievable character believably. [ source : Sify ]

Sunday, June 18, 2006

IIFA Awards - Dubai

The sizzling Katrina Kaif arrives at the charity event hosted by IIFA.

Amitabh Bachchan arrives at the opening show of Chandramukhi.


Amitabh Bachchan arrives at the IIFA awards.


Aishwarya Rai and Jagmohan Mundra arrive at the premier of `Provoked`.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Industry insiders raving about Krrish

One of the most awaited films of the year 'Krrish' is slated to release this June 23rd but the film is already creating a lot of buzz in the industry. The trial screenings of 'Krrish' have begun and those who have seen it are raving about the film to no end. Though the first half is slow paced at some places, the second half makes up for it with great stunts and special effects.

Hrithik Roshan gives a stupendous performance as always. Insiders in the trade circuit say that the film has the potential to be the biggest hit of Filmkraft yet. Watch out for a detailed review very soon. - IndiaFM.

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Sunday, June 11, 2006

It's raining superheroes on Bollywood Boulevard

A masked superhero who saves the world amidst dancing and singing like a pro, a gifted evil-basher who can make metal bend and a capped superman are all waiting in the wings to lay siege on the Indian marquees.

Starting Friday, these superheroes in varied hues will invade the senses of Hindi-film aficionados. The first will be "Alag", to be followed quickly with "Krrish", the most awaited of them all. The last but not the least will be Hollywood's "Superman Returns" that has been dubbed in three Indian languages.

While relative newcomer Akshay Kapoor will be seen as Tejas Rastogi who emits a frequency that affects metal and electronic items in "Alag", the title for Bollywood's first indigenous Superman-style superhero will go to Hrithik Roshan in "Krrish".

"Krrish" can leap from skyscraper to skyscraper sans a web or a cape and while battling evil he can break into impeccable song and dance routines. "Krrish" is a sequel, a rarity in Bollywood, to the 2003 blockbuster "Koi... Mil Gaya" that was considered Hindi cinema's first major science fiction film.

"Koi...Mil Gaya" had given Bollywood an E.T.-like alien called Jadoo who befriended a mentally challenged Rohit (Hrithik) and transformed him into a hero who beats bad boys, gets the girl and makes his mother (Rekha) very happy.

"Krrish" is the story of Rohit's son, Krishna, who possesses superpowers. Krishna is unaware of his abilities till he saves the life of a television reporter essayed by Priyanka Chopra.

Love blossoms between the two and he follows her to Singapore, where he encounters a psychotic inventor who murdered his parents and is now plotting to create a machine that can see the future.

Krishna becomes Krrish. A leather-suit and a mask replace the lungi or loincloth. Krrish manages to save the world and gets the girl.- IANS

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Amitabh under Income Tax scanner again

Amitabh Bachchan has again come under the surveillance of the income tax department. This time the reason for putting the I-T officials to send him a notice has been his Rs. 2.7 lakh worth Ray Ban sunglasses. He wore the same in the upcoming film Zamanat to release next week. Bachchan also gifted the pair to the director of the film, S. Ramanathan after the shooting of the film.

Apart from this, the income tax department is also asking him to disclose details of other expensive accessories in his possession. This has been the fourth income tax notice to the star since November 2005. Some of the notices also relate to his overseas ventures and his earnings from the popular Television gameshow Kaun Banega Crorepati. - IndiaFm .

Friday, June 09, 2006

Phir Hera Pheri review

Comedy is the flavor of the season. And sequels are rare in India. So if a dream merchant decides to make a sequel to an immensely popular laughathon, you fasten your seat belts and wait with bated breath for reels to unfold on the screen.

PHIR HERA PHERI is the sequel to HERA PHERI involving the famous trio -- Raju [Akshay Kumar], Shyam [Suneil Shetty] and Baburao [Paresh Rawal]. Only thing, the film has not been directed by Priyadarshan [who directed HERA PHERI], but Neeraj Vora, who has penned a number of Priyadarshan movies.


The question uppermost on everyone's lips is, Does PHIR HERA PHERI pale when compared to the predecessor? Or does it provide more laughs, gags and punches and lives up to the humungous expectations?


Before we answer the question on whether or not PHIR HERA PHERI works, let's get one thing straight. In keeping with the trend of laughathons that are the order of the day [NO ENTRY, GARAM MASALA, MALAMAAL WEEKLY et al], PHIR HERA PHERI also embarks on an identical route. Meaning, don't look for logic in the film, leave your thinking caps at home, never look for answers, rationale or reasons…


PHIR HERA PHERI doesn't promise to be different. It packs in ample laughs, illogical situations, rib-tickling sequences and witty one-liners in those 2.30 hours. In fact, writer-director Neeraj Vora borrows everything available on the shelf and comes up with a plot that may sound silly to a few, but nonetheless succeeds in its endeavor of making people laugh.


Comparisons with HERA PHERI are inevitable. However, since there has been a substantial gap between the two parts, PHIR HERA PHERI still stands out as a comic caper that's amusing and entertaining. Watch the frolics of the three buffoons [Raju, Shyam, Baburao] and how they goof up yet again and you'd agree, PHIR HERA PHERI is a sure-shot paisa-vasool entertainer!


HERA PHERI ended with the trio [Raju, Shyam, Baburao] receiving a hefty sum in the end. So what did the trio do with all the money? Did they live happily ever after? Or did they become greedy for more? PHIR HERA PHERI takes off from here… [ IndiaFm]

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Madhuri Dixit to make a comeback?

If reports are to be believed, Madhuri Dixit will soon be making a comeback. The film in question is a Shaji Karun film, to be produced by Bobby Bedi. It is based on the celebrated painter Raja Ravi Verma and his muse Sugunabai. The painter was completely besotted with Sugunabai.

According to Shaji Karun, Madhuri Dixit will be the perfect choice to play the muse. She has all the qualities to play the role to the T. Her secretary, Rikku Rakesh Nath did admit that she received the offer. However, it remains to be seen whether Madhuri agrees or not. Now let’s hope, for the sake of her countless fans, that she gives the go ahead to this one![ IndiaFm]

'Veer-Zaara' - next edition/continuation on the anvil?

According to our Amritsar based sources, Yash Chopra is contemplating the next edition/continuation of his superhit 'Veer-Zaara'. He wants all the details about a Pakistani girl Mumtaz, now in Amritsar.

The real life story of Mumtaz goes something like this. Mumtaz from Karachi, Pakistan, married a Bangladeshi citizen Ibrahim and they had two girls Amna and Ayesha. But Ibrahim left them stranded in Bangladesh and went away to Dubai and remarried. Wanting to go back to Pakistan, Mumtaz landed (without passport and visa) in India and ended up in Amritsar jail. Presently she is living in an Amritsar slum and has appealed to Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for help.

Mumtaz's lawyer S.K. Gupta says that Gurinder Bhakna (of Yash Raj camp) contacted him three days back and wanted all the media clippings/coverage and legal documents about Mumtaz's ordeal and said that Mr. Yash Chopra will be shortly in Jalandhar (Punjab) and is interested in a film based on Mumtaz's life, featuring Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Amitabh Bachchan (as a lawyer fighting Mumtaz's case). He added that Mr. Chopra is interested in meeting Mumtaz.

We must add that we have had absolutely no confirmation of this from the Yash Raj camp. Waiting for them to confirm.[ IndiaInfo]

'Veer-Zaara' - next edition/continuation on the anvil?

According to our Amritsar based sources, Yash Chopra is contemplating the next edition/continuation of his superhit 'Veer-Zaara'. He wants all the details about a Pakistani girl Mumtaz, now in Amritsar.

The real life story of Mumtaz goes something like this. Mumtaz from Karachi, Pakistan, married a Bangladeshi citizen Ibrahim and they had two girls Amna and Ayesha. But Ibrahim left them stranded in Bangladesh and went away to Dubai and remarried. Wanting to go back to Pakistan, Mumtaz landed (without passport and visa) in India and ended up in Amritsar jail. Presently she is living in an Amritsar slum and has appealed to Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for help.

Mumtaz's lawyer S.K. Gupta says that Gurinder Bhakna (of Yash Raj camp) contacted him three days back and wanted all the media clippings/coverage and legal documents about Mumtaz's ordeal and said that Mr. Yash Chopra will be shortly in Jalandhar (Punjab) and is interested in a film based on Mumtaz's life, featuring Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Amitabh Bachchan (as a lawyer fighting Mumtaz's case). He added that Mr. Chopra is interested in meeting Mumtaz.

We must add that we have had absolutely no confirmation of this from the Yash Raj camp. Waiting for them to confirm.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Gujarat theatre to release Fanaa

Aamir Khan fans in Gujarat can finally get to see the actor's latest release Fanaa, at least in the Jamnagar town.

The theatre in Jamnagar will be the first to screen the film in the state.

The move comes after the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that exhibitors who want to screen the film could ask for protection from the state government.

Gujarat was the only state where the film was not screened when it released nationwide last month.

The youth wing of the BJP had asked for the film to be banned after Aamir's pro-Narmada comments some weeks ago.

The dam is considered to be a lifeline for the people of Gujarat, and Khan's comments were regarded as anti-state. An apology is also being sought from the star.[NDTV]

Monday, June 05, 2006

Cruise plays action man for MI:3

Tom Cruise will recreate an action scene from "Mission: Impossible 3" when he travels to Japan later this month for the local premiere.The film's distributor, United International Pictures, will spend 2 billion yen ($17.7 million) on the unprecedented publicity campaign before it opens in Japan in July.Cruise will arrive at the June 20 Tokyo premiere in a speedboat, chased by a helicopter beneath the Rainbow Bridge, which crosses Tokyo Bay.He also will commandeer a bullet train with 150 fans aboard and chat with them individually for the 2.5-hour journey from Tokyo to Osaka. After arriving in Osaka, the passengers will attend a gala screening of the movie.[Reuters]

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Sacred Evil - A True Story


Based on a true story, SACRED EVIL is a slow paced, off-beat and intense movie. Interestingly, the story is borrowed from real life [Ipsita Roy Chakraverti].

The story revolves around three women: a nun [Sister Martha], a witch [Ipsita] and a girl in search of her mother [Claudia]. Martha, a 45-year-old withering woman, lives in a secluded convent in Kolkata. Even in the sanctuary of the Church, she is haunted by a spirit that threatens her sanity.

The witch, Ipsita, is called upon by the unconventional Mother Superior to heal Martha's soul. The task is difficult as Martha is uncomfortable talking about the events in her past. Using her skills as a healer, Ipsita gradually opens the door to Martha's story.

Claudia. A young Anglo-Indian girl, growing up with the angst of not knowing her mother, Maureen, alienated in her Indian surroundings by her blue eyes and blonde hair. The story goes back and forth as events from Claudia's life begin to intersect Martha's and Ipsita tries to sort out the tangled threads of the past and the present.

As far as the writing is concerned, SACRED EVIL is a pleasant change and a break from the monotony of the regular Hindi films. However, the subject is one that caters to a niche audience only. However, the fact cannot be denied that the narrative does not go off-track nor does it seem as if some sequences have been incorporated for the sake of it. Despite its slow pacing, SACRED EVIL has the knack to hold the interest of its viewer. It's definitely a fine effort by directors Abiyaan Rajhans and Abhigyan Jha. The performances are above average, with Sarika dominating the show.

On the whole, SACRED EVIL is worth a watch for its interesting theme and execution. However, at the box-office, the lack of promotion may make the effort go unnoticed. IndiaFm

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy compose the Signature tune for Reliance Industries


Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy has composed the Corporate Identity for Reliance. Musical Trio has worked up a track as the corporate identity for the part of Reliance which is now owned by Anil Ambani and is now called ‘Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Enterprise’. The ad has hit the silver screen with Amitabh Bachchan in it and is gaining popularity. Sources say that the musical creation by the trio will be the Signature tune for the Enterprise.

The track is sung by Shankar Mahadevan himself. This is not the first time they have composed a commercial ad. They have a string of jingles and corporate identities to their name like Radio City and many more.

The team's composition will be also seen in forth coming films like Karan Johar's Kabhie Alvida Naa Kehna, Farhan Aktar's Don and Nikhil Advani's Salaam-E-Ishq.

Mani-Madhavan team up again


Mani Ratnam has finally roped in blue eyed boy R. Madhavan for a parallel lead in his Hindi film "Guru", starring Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai in key roles.

It's been one helluva musical chairs for Ratnam. After casting Abhishek in the title role in "Guru", there was a flurry of names considered and discarded for the other male lead - Saif Ali Khan, John Abraham, Viveik Oberoi and Madhavan to name a few.

Madhavan had, in fact, been a hotly speculated name since he's been a favourite of Ratnam from the time the actor did his first Tamil film "Alai Payuthe" with him.

"I'd happily do the part if Mani sir offered it to me," Madhavan had said when rumours of his inclusion in "Guru" first did the rounds.

Ratnam has ultimately gone to his old favourite Madhavan to play the desperately vacant parallel part. Actress Vidya Balan can sigh in relief because she finally has a leading man in the film.

Though Madhavan isn't allowed to talk about it, the deal was signed just before he sneaked off to London to lose weight since the role requires the actor to match strides and personality with the sprightly Abhishek.

Says a source close to both Mani and Madhavan: "Maddy (Madhavan) was over the moon when Mani sir finally asked him to do the role. In fact, Maddy was wondering why Mani sir was hunting around when 'ghar ka' hero was in front of him.

"Don't forget they have done neo-classics like "Alai Payuthe", "Kannathil Muthamittal" and the Tamil version of "Yuva" where Maddy played Abhishek's character. The two are almost like family. So it's no surprise if Maddy bailed Mani sir out."

Apparently the director gave his favourite hero a distress call. "Maddy didn't even want to hear the role. He immediately said yes," added the source.

A further incentive for doing the film is Abhishek - Madhavan and Abhishek are genuinely fond of each other. If Maddy played Abhishek's role in "Yuva", Abhishek was the original choice for the lead in "Saathiya" the Hindi remake of Mani Rathnam's "Alai Payuthe".

Incidentally, Sanjay Gupta has roped in Madhavan for another Hindi film.

Jessica Alba to host MTV Awards


Actress Jessica Alba of Fantastic Four fame is to be the fabulous host of 2006 MTV Movie Awards, later this month.

"I'm just kind of hanging out and this seemed like a great thing to do in the summer," explained Alba.

"I do a bunch of fun comedy sketches with my friends and host the show. It's a really really fun show. The MTV Movie Awards are always a joy to go to and just as much fun to watch,” she said.

As nervous as she is Alba has been closely watching other hosts for inspiration in preparation for her big day.

"Whoopi Goldberg hands down best host of anything," noted Alba. "If you can get her to host anything it's slam dunk. She's hilarious, always. She's so smart and so witty. A favourite."

As for this year's show, both the 40 Year Old Virgin and Wedding Crashers topped this year's MTV 2006 Movie Awards nominations with five each.

The top five movies competing for the Best Movie award this year are: The 40 Year Old Virgin, Batman Begins, King Kong, Sin City, and Wedding Crashers.

However, Brokeback Mountain could not be forgotten. It is up for the Best Kiss award between Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger. The awards ceremony consists of 12 categories total.

Fans voted for their favourite actors and movies by visiting movieawards.mtv.com. (AP)

Aamir to launch his website

Aamir Khan who generally keeps himself at safe distance from the media seems to have worked out a way to reach his fans. To connect one on one with his fans, Aamir is in the process of launching his official website www.aamirkhan.com. The site however, is still under construction and on logging on to the page; there is a letter from the star that says ‘Right now I am in the process of putting my official page together. Leave your email address and I shall let you know when it is up.’ There is space provided on the page to submit your email address and also write in few comments if you wish to.Looks like after the current Fanaa-Gujarat episode, the actor has realized the need to have a direct dialogue with his fans- Sify Movies.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Pramod Mahajan’s secretary dead; son battling for life

Exactly a month after Pramod Mahajan's death, his family was in distress again on Friday as the late leader's son Rahul Mahajan was battling for life following suspected drug overdose or poisoning while his private secretary for 15 years Vivek Moitra was declared brought dead at Delhi's Apollo Hospital.

Servants, who rushed the two to the hospital early on Friday from Pramod Mahajan's 7, Safdarjang Road residence told police they had consumed liquor with three guests. The three are yet to be identified and traced.

A white powdery substance found from the place as well as bottles from which they consumed liquor were being examined by experts from the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory, DCP (New Delhi range) Manish Agarwal said.

He said there was no evidence of any struggle or commotion at the 7, Safdarjang road residence on Thursday night. There was no injury mark on the bodies.

The three men, who stayed there for nearly 45 minutes, were apparently friends of Moitra, police sources said.

While Moitra was declared dead on arrival at the Apollo Hospital at around 0315 hrs, Rahul had a low respiratory rate, low blood pressure and low oxygen level, hospital medical superintendent Ritu Rawat told reporters.

Rahul was put on ventilator support at the intensive care unit of the hospital, she said. His condition was ''critical, but stable'', she said.

A post mortem of Vivek as well as reports of the blood tests on Rahul later in the day would help identify whether they had drug overdose or were poisoned, hospital and police sources said.

Police officials, however, said they suspected foul play and had initiated a probe in this direction.

DCP Agarwal said the ''scene of crime'' had changed by the time police was informed and arrived on the scene. The glasses had been washed and the liquor bottles returned to the fridge.

Rahul was scheduled to leave for Guwahati via Kolkata by air on Friday morning to immerse his late father's ashes in the Brahmaputra and offer prayers at the famous Kamakhya temple, the family source said.

A couple of days back, Rahul participated in the BJP executive meeting and it was speculated that he may join the party following his father's death.

Pramod Mahajan, who was the BJP's general secretary, passed away on May 3, 2006, after being shot at by his brother Pravin Mahajan. He succumbed to his injuries after a 12-day fight for survival at Mumbai's Hinduja hospital.- New Indian Express.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Ronaldinho’s hair auctioned

Two locks of Brazil star Ronaldinho’s hair were put up for auction by a Swiss newspaper on Wednesday to raise funds for a cancer charity. The hair was collected by a team of Swiss barbers who were called in to the Brazilian squad’s lakeside training base at Weggis in central Switzerland. “They’re very thick and strong with lots of natural curls. Not easy hair,” one of the hairdressers, Beat Fuchs remarked. “Ronaldinho wants a comfortable cut that doesn’t hamper him during the game.” Bidders were invited to send their bids for the slender curls of hair through SMS or post. The money will go to the central Swiss anti-cancer league.- Indian Express .

Fanaa is a hit!

Fanaa Taking box office by storm, Aamir once again proved that he is the bollywood's successful actor , after last year's block buster Rang De Basanti.Fanaa has done business of reportedly around Rs 20 crore and is set to recover its costs on an investment of Rs 25 crore.Despite the controversy surrounding the film -- what with Aamir's comments on the Narmada issue and the question of a hike in ticket prices -- people thronged to theatres on the first three days.