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3 Idiots Review

The best wrap up movie of 2009!

Lets all rewind a bit and hit our college days.. Thats what this movie is all about!!! Wondering the connection between 3 Idiots and college life?? Read on..

Base Story

Three boys join the Imperial College of Engineering, the first/best of the colleges in the country to do their engineering course. Ranchoo (Aamir), Farhan (Madhavan) and Raju (Sharman) are roommates and study in the same class. How one chases their passion and end up in life is what is in store for you for the next two and odd hours. Ranchoo is the guy whose thinking is way different. He is always funny and likes to play around but at the same time is the brainiest of all in the batch. Farhan and Raju are not as brainy as Ranchoo but again very funny and the three become the best partners in crime.

Well the movie

Its starts with revenge. Of course in college life there is always this one gang or one guy people wont get along with. Here is this Uganda guy who had fought or rather challenged that in ten years down the line on Sep 5, he will be in a better position in life and profession when compared to these three, particularly Ranchoo. So after ten years, the uganda guy gets Farhan and Raju to the same place but Ranchoo is missing.

The movie begins in search of Ranchoo and zoom we hit the past with Farhan narrating the story. Farhan is born and the very same minute his parents decide that he will become an engineer. So here is the room of his hostel where he was bound to stay for the next four years and meets his first roomie Raju who is doing his pooja. Night falls and when all the freshers are getting ragged, Ranchoo comes to the hostel becoming the immediate prey for the senior. Fun starts with Ranchoo ragging the senior instead and from this time, all you will do is laugh, laugh and laugh with a pinch of seriousness.

The first turn in the movie begins with Viru Sahastrabudhhe, (Boman Irani), the director of the college and fondly called as Virus. He is depicted as the indirect cause for the death of one of the students. This is where the concept of the movie slowly comes alive that there are so many students who commit suicide because of academic pressure and that India stands first in this case. With Ranchoo explaining all this gets Virus super tensed and ends up writing a complaint letter not to Ranchoo’s parents but Farhan’s and Raju’s parents.

Next, the three of them crash into a wedding. Here, Ranchoo meets Pia (Kareena) and shockingly finds that she is Virus’ daughter.

Climax

How Ranchoo helps Farhan chase his dream; Raju gets a job through all his struggle and end up with Pia is what you will see for yourself. Connect these dots and watch out for twists.

Conclusion

After 10 years, how life changes everything around you but your passion and feelings for friends don’t change is how it zeros in. Arey bhayya, aall is well!!!

My review

The locations are fantastic, Boman’s acting is commendable and everyone in the movie have done their part to excellence. Music is good and the movie as such is soooo refreshing. One character could have been totally avoided – Pia’s sister as I felt her scenes were not doing good justice to the movie!

My free advice after seeing the movie – simply have three words for you – DON’T MISS IT. If you do miss the theatre version, DVD version is not far away. And again three words for you – JUST BUY IT as its worth to be one among your collection.

December 27, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Movie Review | , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Wake up Sid Review

The cutest movie of 2009!!! (Not Ranbir but the movie on the whole)

Wake up Sid opens with a guy who sits with his book to study for his exams and falls asleep in the procees and before I could fall asleep, the background score just makes you feel fresh and makes you wait to see what happens next!

Base story

Sid (Ranbir – Hero) is a rich kid who once used to be a topper at school. He is now totally not interested in studies one bit. All he wants in life is to have fun, bindaas life, care free attitude and does not worry about tomorrow. Aiysha (Konkana – Heroine) is a new girl in the city who wants a have things of her own and live an independent life. How these both meet, become responsible and make their life beautiful together is what Wake up Sid is all about.

Well the movie

Sid and his friends are in their final year of college and its time for their farewell party. He loves to take photos and since he has no date for the farewell party (the setup is just a replica of a prom) clicks random pictures. This is where he meets Aiysha. Knowing that she is not a part of the college, he starts talking to her and they quickly become friends. As she is also new to the city,  he decides to show her the new place and so they to go for a stroll. Here they talk about passion, how she wants to write, how he loves the monsoon which eventually leads in them sharing their mail id. As time goes by, they both become real good friends, she buys her own house, gets the job that she had wished for.

When everything seems to be fine, Sid fails in the university exams while his other friends pass. This gets him dejected, leading to a big fight at home and ends with him walking out of home. He then lands up knocking on the doors of Aiysha. As days fly, Sid learns how to cook, make his bed and also think of getting a job which he does with the help of Aiysha.

Here is the cute turn of events – Sid’s proposal to Aiysha which was once rejected by her due to his immatured and childish behaviour. makes her fall in love with him for the same reason. It definitely sounds “yeah I knew it” but how it happens is where one will enjoy.

Climax

Sid finally becomes responsible and finds a job in the magazine that he interned. This makes his parents very happy and decides to move back home. How they both express their feelings and get together is what the story ends.

Conclusion

While Hollywood movies end with french kiss, Bollywood ends with a HUG!

My review

I loved Konkana’s emotions – as usual perfect!! No draggy scenes, excellent Background score and a cute couple makes this movie worth watching.

December 23, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Movie Review | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Avatar Review

The most awaitied movie of the year!

The most expensive movie ever made!

So lets get to 2154.. and i wonder if im watching a movie or a video game (first thought). But as time progressed i was definitely into the movie.

The experience

Please do not compare this with any of James Cameron movie. No Titanic No Terminator. This movie making is a whole new tangent compared to any of his movies. One thing – It is a feast to the eyes to watch the visuals. Its just takes to a place far far away from the time you watch with those glasses on.

Base story

Theres not much story in the movie that we havent witnessed in the previous makings. Humans try to take over a place named Pandora which is the home of these blue, tall and big eyed aliens and also home to the most precious minerals that the humans want to take. Thinking about the aliens and not hurting them is their least priority. On the other hand, these aliens are humans –  just that they differ in appearance (goes without saying) and thinking. They want to conserve nature, very spiritual and believe in their ancestors (Eywa). How the humans try to take over the minerals and how the Navis (Aliens) try to safegurad their home is the story. Usual right!

Well the movie

Jake is the man who is wired in a machine and sent to be a part of this clan and learn all about them. So he meets Neytiri who teaches all about them, their ancestors and even to fly his own creature-bird. To ride this creature he needs to plug some thing thats is at the end of his hair with the creature to feel it and make it do want he wants. So as days go by, Jake and Neytiri fall in love (expected) and he wants to be the alien (and not human anymore) as he becomes part of “The(ir) People”. Jake already knows the plan of the humans and so he tries to save the aliens from the upcomings but things turn out the other way. After a lot of struggle and escaping, he makes sure he does something bigger than big for the aliens to believe him and help him in saving them.

Climax

The struggle between the humans and all the aliens is the time you wouldn’t move your eyeballs a second as the visuals again are just as breath taking as it can get and it just envelops you in the excellent and mind blowing  3D effects.

Conclusion

The acting is just perfect, few scenes a little draggy and has Lord of the ring flavour in it.

My review

A must watch. Go with no expectations – just feel the music, treat your eyes with the visuals as these kind of  movies come only once in a while and i’m sure this will give you one hell of a experience.

PS – If anyone said don’t watch this, they just don’t know how to enjoy different movies!!!!!

December 17, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Movie Review | , , , , , | 6 Comments

Rhythm & Action Arts (RAW)

2-left2.gifDance – as we all know is the movement of ones body rhythmically according to the beat of the music. It involves many expressions, actions in different settings. It can be spiritual or can be totally just jumping around and having fun. My classmate in VFS – Kelly Balon is the director of Rhythm and action arts. He has as a strong balance of academic and experiential skills in International and Community Economic Development with his studies at Simon Fraser University and the University of Saskatchewan. He has a demonstrated knowledge of issues affecting youth, and practical strategies for empowerment with over six years experience working with youth and diverse communities. In the last three years in Vancouver, Kelly has integrated his unique approach to youth engagement and empowerment with sport and recreation leadership training programs for native youth in East Vancouver. He brings a creative force to community development projects with his education and training in martial arts and his passion and knowledge of the entertainment industry.

It started in 2001 back in Saskatoon. Now all shows, small to large happen in Vancouver. RAW is all about the Art and Discipline of movement. With funding from the Community Mobilization Program of the National Crime Prevention Centre, organizers expanded into the “Vancouver Urban Arts” program, ultimately leading to the newly established society on June 1, 2006. One of their goals is to promote dance as an excellent form of health and fitness development. The talents ndividuals with a range in experience and talents including Breakdancing, Hiphop, Powwow/ Fancy dance, Capoeira Angola/ Regional, Other cultural dances like Bhangra, DJs and Grafitti artists. They have hosted several bboy/ bgirl battles – Raw Talent I, II, and III, as well as performance showcases including Floorplay.

You should check out their website to know more about the great work that RAW does. : Rhythm and Action

Check out his blogs : Kelly

February 20, 2008 Posted by | Entertainment | , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Best Music Directors in Tamil Industry

studio.jpgI know there are thousands of musicians out there who have composed musical pieces that anyone would love to hear over and over again. Coming from Chennai, India I have grown up listening to mostly cinema music, especially Tamil songs!!! I have to talk about two the most famous music directors of all time in the Tamil Industry (Kollywood). They have created some of the best music one can ever listen. No matter how many times you keep listening to it over and over again, you are not going to get bored. They just take me on an amazing journey every time I listen to them.

It’s just amazing how music can totally take you to a different world!!! I listen to all kinds of music and off late have also started listening to heavy metal. But may be because I have always been listening to Tamil songs, I feel that its one of the best music one should listen to. I will say that there are many Hindi songs too that are brilliantly composed. In Hindi one can find more variety as there are many upcoming artists and album songs that are equally good like the movie songs. To say, in Hindi I see more and more new talents coming up and doing their album which is great. I wish that could happen in Tamil as well where more individual artists or bands come up with good, quality music and show their talent and music to the whole world. Another kind music that I have started listening off late is Sinhalese. I have not heard so much but I am really enjoying the way they portray music. Its really nice that there are many young music directors that are coming up too like G.V.Prakash.

Hence the two biggest Music Directors in Tamil Industry are non other than the great Maestro Ilayaraja and the unbeatable A.R.Rahman. These two have not just contributed to Tamil industry. Their music has no bounds. They have touched thousands and thousands of people with their music and the fans just keep getting bigger. They have not only composed music for films but have also composed for various other purposes. A.R.Rahman has composed tunes for raising charity, for Taj Mahal and the like. the following two posts will talk about each of them, little bit in detail about their background and how they started off to reach where they are now!!! Few other good music composers are Harris Jayaraj, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Preetam, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Deva, Vidya Sagar, Vishal-Sekhar, Ismail Darbar etc.

February 6, 2008 Posted by | Entertainment | , , | 24 Comments

Isai Gnani Ilayaraja

177630749_8a74fa2897.jpg  Born and brought up in an obscure village near Kambam in Southern Tamil Nadu, Ilayaraja became the first Asian to score a       symphony for the London Philharmonic Orchestra, besides scoring over 500 feature films in a period of 20 years. Raja, as he is popularly known and affectionately called, comes from a family of musicians. His mother, a huge repository of Tamil folk songs, seems to be a very strong influence in his music. He learned to play the harmonium, the typical musical instrument used in street performances. The team of the brothers, the eldest being Pavalar Varadharajan, a poet, worked as a group of musicians traveling across the state, accompanying theater artists. Raja picked up most of his acumen for audience tastes during this period.

 In 1969, Raja migrated to the city of Madras, the Southern Movie capital, when he was 29 years old, looking for a break into music making for the public. He studied under Dhanraj Master, playing the guitar and piano in the Western style. He later earned a diploma in music from Trinity College in London. Ilayaraja’s break into music for films came with Annakili (1976). The film dealt with a village story, to which Ilayaraja composed great melodies. The songs offered simplicity and musicality typical of Tamil folk in an authentic way, and they offered new sounds–rich orchestration typical of Western music. The songs became an instant hit, the most popular being “Machchana Partheengala” sung by a female voice, S. Janaki. This was followed by a series of films that portrayed contemporary Tamil villages in an authentic way, against stylistic shallow portrayals before. For all of these films Raja created memorable songs. Most popular were the songs “Senthoorappove” and “Aatukkutti Mutaiyittu” from Pathinaru Vayathinile (1977), and “Samakkozhi” and “Oram Po” from Ponnu Oorukku Pudhusu (1979).

 Raja soon proved his abilities in other styles as well. Classical Karnatic melodies were used in Kannan Oru Kai Kuzhandhai (1978) (Rag Mohanam), Mayile Mayile (Ragam Hamsadhwani), and Chinna Kannan Azhaikiran (Reethi Gowlai). Raja’s grasp of Western classical structure became evident with his masterful use of the piano, guitar, and string ensembles. Some of the numbers that show his orchestral genius are “Pon malai Pozhudu” and “Poongadhave” from Nizhalgal (1980), Kanmaniye Kadhal from Aarilirindhu Aruvathu Varai (1979), “Ramanin Mohanam” from Netri Kann (1981), “En Iniya Pon nilave from Moodupani (1980), “Paruvame Pudhiya” from Nenjathai Killathe (1981), and “Edho Moham” from Kozhi Koovuthu (1982). These songs could literally be heard coming from every doorstep in Tamil Nadu state every day for at least a year after being released. Raja composed film music prolifically for the next fifteen years, at a rate of as many as three new songs a day. After a few years as a film composer, he could write all the parts to a score as they came to him, and his assistants would make fair copies, which would be recorded immediately.

Raja went for a trip abroad to Europe, partly to visit places where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Ludwig van Beethoven lived. They were his Gurus or non-physical teachers, he wrote once. He also met contemporary composers and arrangers including Paul Mauriat. His listeners were awestruck by the quality and quantity of his musical output. He also scored a few films abroad. Ilayaraja’s image grew to be a unique one in the history of Tamil cinema: stories, themes, and castes would be changed to fit his music, which swept away the minds of millions of Indians in hundreds of films.

Ilayaraja also recorded non-film albums, such as “How to Name It” and “Nothing But Wind,” which were well-received in India and abroad. In 1993, he wrote a symphony for the London Philharmonic Orchestra in an amazing one-month span. To many people who know him, Raja represents more than his music. He is a mark of great achievement that is possible by hard work, yet he is seen in most of his interviews as talking very philosophically. He is very much attracted by the philosophy of Ramana Maharishi of Thiruvanna Malai, who lived in the early 20th Century. Raja once referred to Ramana as “our Zen master.”

He has composed music for close to 900 movies and has sung more than 200 songs. Illayaraja introduced many new talents to the music field like Chitra, Mano, Malayasia Vasudevan, Dipan Chakravarthy, Jency, SP Sailaja, Sujatha etc. Illayaraja brought the best out of S Janaki and showcased her talent in a multi-dimentional way. Same holds good with Sadhana Sargam. She won National award last year for the song ‘Pattu cholli’ in Azagi. He has won many awards like the Best Background Music for the film Hey Ram, Best Music Director awards for films like Rudra Veenai, Sindhu Bhairavi etc.

His music is so soothing to the ears. Every composition of his is unique. He has composed many catchy melodies and there is a way in which this song flows like with preludes and interludes. He uses instruments such as Veena, Nadaswaram, Mridangam and tabla along with electric guitars, keyboards, rhythm boxes etc. The fusions are sooo good that one can repeat it so many times and it still fells new. He has a very distinct voice too. It sounds kind of nasal and especially the song Thendral Vandhu from the film Aavatahram, I just fly away into a different world. You can listen to Ilayaraja’s music through Youtube and if you know his songs, Raaga.com should be the best choice.

His official website: http://www.raaja.com/

Sources: IMDB, Maxpages, Wikipedia

 

February 6, 2008 Posted by | Entertainment | , , , , | 44 Comments

A R Rahman

This is actually a previously wriiten article and it exactly speaks whats on my mind about A.R.Rahman.

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The name A.R.Rahman needs no introduction. The man who redefined contemporary Indian music and is the pride of the entire nation and an idol for millions all over the world needs no preamble. But if you happen to be one who is a stranger to him and his music, then read on.

A. R. Rahman or Allah Rakha Rahman was born actually A. S. Dileep Kumar on the 6th of January in the year 1967, in Madras (now Chennai), to a musically affluent Tamil Mudaliar family. Dileep’s earliest memories of the studio are with his father. On one of those visits, a music director Sudarshanam Master found the four year old playing a tune on the harmonium. He covered the keys with a cloth. It made no difference. Dileep replayed the tune effortlessly. This impressed the music director who suggested that he be trained in music. Dileep started learning the piano at the tender age of four. He recieved his early training in music from Dhanraj Master. He also played on the orchestra of M.S.Vishwanathan, Raj-Koti and Ramesh Naidu and accompanied Zakir Hussain and Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan on world tours. He also appeared playing the keyboard on a few popular music shows on televison like ‘Wonder Balloon’ on the Madras Doordarshan channel. He also supposedly composed a few short pieces of music in Ilaiyaraja’s films, a notable one being the theme music in K.Balachander’s ‘Punnagai Mannan’.

All this experience enabled him to earn a scholarship to the famed Trinity College of Music at Oxford University from where he obtained a degree in Western Classical Music. He came back with a dream to bring an international and contemporary world perspective to Indian music. After he returned, he continued to be a part of various local music troupes. He was also a part of local rock bands like Roots, Magic and Nemesis Avenue where he performed with his future colleagues like Suresh Peters, Ranjit Barot and Sivamani Anandan. This, he says, was a very valuable learning experience. Thus Dileep came to be totally immersed in music. The only source of joy to him was music.

The year was 1991. Ace Tamil movie director Mani Ratnam was on the lookout for a new composer to give music for his films. His long standing fruitful association with the doyen of Tamil film music Illaiyaraja, which had spanned over 10 films and as many years had come to an end when the two had had a fallout after the latter reportedly made some sarcastic comments during the making of Mani Ratnam’s then latest film ‘Dalapati’. One day, at an awards function for excellence in the field of advertising, Mani Ratnam chanced upon a young man who received the award for the best ad jingle which he had composed for the popular Leo Coffee ad. At the celebrations party that followed the awards presentation ceremony, Mani Ratnam was introduced to the young composer by his cousin Sharada Trilok of Trish Productions for whose company the young man had produced some outstanding work. Sharada had words of high praise for the young composer. Mani was curious and requested him for a sample of his wares. The composer readily complied and invited the director over to his studio. Mani Ratnam turned up at the studio only after six months, where the 24 year old lad played out a tune that he had been pushed into composing by his school friend G.Bharat alias Bala when they both had been greatly disturbed by the socio-political tensions in South India over the Cauvery river waters issue. Listening to the tune that was played, Mani was hooked instantly. Without a second thought he signed on the composer to score the music for his next film. That film did not work out but Mani signed him on for a new film which was to be produced by the veteran Tamil director K.Balachander for his respected ‘Kavithalayaa’ banner. That film was ‘Roja’. That tune would become the song “Tamizha Tamizha” in ‘Roja’. The music of the film would be a phenomenal success that would revolutionise modern day Indian film music. The name of the 25-year old composer was A. R. Rahman. And the rest, as they say, is history.Cut to the year 1998. Mani Ratnam’s then latest film, his first in Hindi and his fifth with Rahman, ‘Dil Se..’ hit the screens. The movie all but bombed in India. But the music, yet again was a resounding success. The music sold like hot cakes even six months after it was released in the market.

Going back in History, the following question arises. Six years ago, who listened to Tamil music? Only Tamilians. Five years ago, what did teenagers dance to at discotheques? What else but Michael Jackson, Dr.Alban or the latest Western dance hit of the day. But one man singlehandedly changed all that. With his universally appealing tunes, A.R.Rahman has demolished all conventional rules in Indian film music. He amazes with the manner in which he seamlessly integrates traditionally incompatible harmonies. If anyone can make a perfect potpourri of the latest dancehall rhythms, electro-pop, Latin melodies, Western and Indian classical and pepper it all with a local folk touch or even something as otherworldly as Reggae and serve it all in a contemporary Indian manner that mesmerises listeners, it is A.R.Rahman. His music transcends all barriers – geographic, age or linguistic. Everyone from 6 to 60, Kashmir to Kanyakumari, as the cliché goes, are fans of his music. He was the first to successfully and solidly bridge the gap across the Vindhyas with Hindi speaking denizens who did not understand one word of Tamil enthusiastically lapping up his music. He gave film music a trendy legitimacy, a legitimacy that made Indian youth who were till then ashamed of admitting in public that they enjoyed Indian film music, dance to Humma Humma, Muqabla Muqabla, Musthafa Musthafa and Chaiyya Chaiyya at every pub, club and disco. Overnight, Indian film music considered ‘infra-dig’ by the youth became ‘cool’ and ‘hep’. All in all, quite arguably, no one has influenced Indian music as much as Rahman has in recent times.

For more information check out this site: http://members.tripod.com/gopalhome/arrbio.html

His official website: http://www.arrahman.com/

 

February 6, 2008 Posted by | Entertainment | 22 Comments

Rajinikanth Next Movie!!!! ROBOT… renamed to Eyanthra

I am sooooo excited about this movie as I am a die hard fan of Super Star Rajini Kanth . The same big names who were involved in Sivaji are ready for the never before made Sci-Fi thriller in Tamil industry. Shankar, Rajinikanth and A.R.Rahman have come together for the second time to make Shankar’s dream project come true. Looks like the budget for the movie is even bigger than Sivaji which was close to Rs. 30 Crores (I’m guessing!!) . I am thinking close to 50 crores for sure for this movie. This movie had many heroes before Shankar finally announced that Rajinikanth will be the male lead. Some of the names where Shahrukh Khan, Kamal Hassan, Vikram etc. Same was the case with the heroin and as far I have heard, looks like Aishwarys Rai will be the female lead for the movie after Nayanthara and other big names.

Ayngaran and Eros International will produce the film. The rest of the crew is yet to be decided. Hope this will set a landmark for the Tamil Industry and make it big across the world not just financially but also quality vise. News says that this movie is going to be released simultaneously in Hindi , Telugu and others. I am not going to expect too much but hope its bigger than Sivaji in every way.

All the best to the crew and for the success of the movie!!!!!

I shall keep updating this as I get to know more!!!

Check this link for the info: http://www.eyanthrathemovie.com/index.php

February 1, 2008 Posted by | Entertainment | , , , , , | 14 Comments

Indian Film Industry

The Indian film industry is the largest in the world in terms of the ticket sales and the number of films produced annually (877 feature films and 1177 short films were released in the year 2003 alone).India is a large country where many languages are spoken. According to the 1991 Census of India there are about 10,400 ‘raw mother tongues’ in India. If closely related and mutually comprehensible dialects are grouped, the number can be reduced to 1576 ‘rationalized’ mother tongues, or with even more consolidation, 114 main languages. These 114 languages are the ones surveyed in the Indian census. Indian film producers have made films in thirty of the largest languages. However, only the very largest language groups support major regional industries. These are: Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Marathi, Kannada, Odiya and Malayalam. Official statistics categorise Indian films according to the languages in which they are distributed.

There is a great deal of mobility between the regional industries. Many workers in other regional industries, once their talent and popularity is established, move on to work in other film industries, nationally as well as internationally. For example, A.R.Rahman, one of the best known film music composers in Indian cinema, started his career in Tamil Cinema in Chennai but has since worked in Bollywood, London, and New York. Similarly, films that succeed in one language are often remade or dubbed in others. Films like Padosa and Roja, for example, were re-made or dubbed from their original Bengal and Tamil versions respectively, into Hindi.

Bhojpuri (Purvanchal) film industry

Bhojpuri dialects, varieties, and creoles are also spoken in various parts of the world, including Brazil, Fiji, Guyana, Mauritius, South Africa, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. During the late 1800s and early 1900s, many colonizers had faced labor shortages and were unable to obtain slaves from Africa due to the abolition of slavery; thus, they imported many Indians as indentured servants to labor on plantations. Today, many Indians in the West Indies, Oceania, and South America still speak Bhojpuri as a native or second language.

The Bengali (Bangla) film industry

The history of cinema in Bengal dates back to the 1890s, when the first “bioscopes” were shown in theatres in Calcutta. Within a decade, the first seeds of the industry was sown by Hiralal Sen, considered a stalwart of Victorian era cinema when he set up the Royal Bioscope Company, producing scenes from the stage productions of a number of popular shows at the Star Theatre, Minerva Theatre, Classic Theatre. Following a long gap after Sen’s works, Dhirendra Nath Ganguly (Known as D.G) established Indo British Film Co, the first Bengali owned production company, in 1918. However, the first Bengali Feature film, Billwamangal, was produced in 1919, under the banner of Madan Theatre. Bilat Ferat was the IBFC’s first production in 1921. The New Theatre production of Dena Paona was the first Bengali talkie. A long history has been traversed since then, with stalwarts such as Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen and Ritwik Ghatak and others having earned international acclaim and securing their place in the movie history. Today, there are two Bengali film industries, one in Kolkata (Calcutta), India and the lesser known one in Dhaka, Bangladesh (called Dhallywood). The film industry based in Kolkata is sometimes referred to as Tollywood, a portmanteau of the words Tollygunge, the area of South Kolkata where this industry is based, and Hollywood. The Bengali film industry has long centred in the Tollygunge district of Kolkata (Calcutta). Its most famous film director is Satyajit Ray, who won an Oscar for lifetime achievement in cinema. However, Bengali films have always remained the hot favourites among the National Awards jury almost every year since its inception. Some of the most popular Bengali film personalities include Kishore Kumar, Mithun Chakraborty, Uttam Kumar, Soumitro Chatterjee, and recently Proshenjit. Some of the other Bengalis who have made it big are Ashok Kumar, Bimal Roy, Mrinal Sen, Ritwik Ghatak, Aparna Sen, Suchitra Sen, Hemanta Mukherjee (Hemanth Kumar), Manna Dey, Sandhya Mukhopadhyay, and Rituparno Ghosh.

The Hindi film industry (Bollywood)

The Hindi film industry, based in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), is the largest branch of Indian cinema. Hindi film Industry is often called ‘Bollywood’ (a melding of Hollywood and Bombay). The word “Bollywood” is sometimes applied to Indian cinema as a whole, especially outside South Asia and the South Asian diaspora, but this usage is incorrect. Bollywood has been recently greatly criticized for what critics see as a violation of Indian cultural values and its discussion of controversial topics. It is considered the most liberal out of the Indian language film industries.

Regional movies are distinctively different from Bollywood (Hindi) movies, as the stories and themes of these movies portray the culture of the region from which they originate, while most Bollywood movies nowadays are greatly influenced by Western culture.

Although Bollywood does not distribute a lot of films, it can be considered to be largest in terms of viewers. It is believed that Bollywood movies are watched by majority of the Indian movie goers. It also has international recognition, especially in Western countries such as the UK, USA, Canada, and Australia where there is a large South Asian community.

The Kannada film industry

The Kannada film industry, based in Karnataka, is sometimes called ‘Sandalwood’, as Karnataka is known for its sandalwood; however, this term does not seem to be in widespread use. The Gubbi Veeranna Company, or Veeranna’s Sri Chennabasaveshwara Krupa Poshita Nataka Sangha and other groups established themselves first as theatre troupes, and later went on to dominate kannada cinema into the 1960s. “They provided all its key directors like H.L.N . Simha, B. R. Panthulu and G. V. Iyer, its stars led by Rajkumar and Leelavathi and most of its early commercial hits: Bedara Kannappa (1953), for instance. The first big success in Kannada cinema adapted a Gubbi Company stage play written by G. V. Iyer to introduce the mythological adventure movie into that language.” Kannada films has become very popular after the recent hits like Jogi (2005) & Mungaru Male (2007). Mungaru Male has been the first Indian movie to be screened in many European countries.

The Kashmiri film industry

The Kashmiri film industry, which had been lying dormant since the release of Habba Khatoon in 1967, was revived after a 39-year hiatus with the release of Akh Daleel Loolech in 2006. However critics dispute this claim because this film was a small budget digital film which did not play in any film theatres except in a few private and film festival screening. Besides Akh Daleel Lolach uses a film style which is common on Kashmiri television and by those standards Kashmiri video makers were making films since early 1980s. Cinema halls had been shut down for a long time in Kashmir, by militants protesting against the New Delhi based Government. There are few cinema halls and a handful of directors have been returning to shoot in the region. Though the region was favoured by many producers as a scenic locale in pre-militancy era Bollywood movies as a romantic backdrop, the regional industry was not very strong, due to lack of finances and infrastructure.

The Malayalam film industry.

The Malayalam film industry, based in Kerala. Malayalam movies are known for their artistic nature and they frequently figure in the national film awards. It is also currently known for being the most conservative out of the different film industries in India, despite the fact that it went through a liberal phase in the 80’s. Notable personalities: filmmakers, Padmavibhushan Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Bharathan, Aravindan, Padmarajan, John Abraham; Sreenivasan, Shyamaprasad, Kamal, Renjith scriptwriter, M. T. Vasudevan Nair, Sreenivasan; cinematographer, Azhagappan, Santhosh Sivan, Shaji; actors, Bharath Gopi, Tilakan, Padmabhushan Prem Nazeer, Satyan, Padmashri Mammootty, Padmashri Mohanlal, Padmashri Balachandra Menon; playback singers, Padmabhushan Dr. K. J. Yesudas, Padmasree K. S. Chitra, P Jayachandran, M G Sreekumar and Sujatha.

The first 3D film which produced in India was in Malayalam. Its name was My Dear Kuttichatthan produced by Navodaya Productions. Padayottam, the first fully indigenous 70MM film with all its work done in India was in Malayalam which was also produced by Navodaya. The fist Cinemascope film in the world was produced in Malayalam. Chemmeen was the first film which earned a gold medal from the President from South India.”Guru”, directed by Rajiv Anchal, is the only Malayalam film proposed as the Indian entry by the Indian Film Industry council for Oscar Award so far.

The Marathi Film Industry

Marathi Film Industry, one of the oldest film industries in India, originated in Nasik, and developed in Kolhapur and Pune. In recent years, it has moved mostly to Mumbai (Bombay), Maharashtra.

Dadasaheb Phalke, recognized as the father of Indian cinema, was a pioneer of movies in Marathi. He produced the first Indian silent movie, and later some Marathi talkies. In his honor, a much coveted “Dadasaheb Phalke Award” is given annually for exceptional contribution to Indian cinema.

1940s and ’50s formed the classical era of Marathi cinema, mainly because of some hallmark productions by the now extinct “Prabhat Film Company” in Kolhapur. As an offshoot of Prabhat, V. Shantaram founded “Rajkamal Studios” in Pune, and produced some excellent Marathi movies in the late 1950s and early ’60s.

Because of the rise of Hindi movies in Bollywood, Marathi film industry underwent a decline in the 1980s and ’90s. But recently it has been reviving with some quality movies like “Shwaas” (which earned an official Indian entry for an Oscar award in 2004), “Pak Pak Pakaak” (which won Swarovski Trophy in AFFF, Singapore, in 2005), “Uttaraayan”, “Aga Bai, Arecchaa”, “Shubhamangal Saavdhaan”, and “Saatchya Aat Gharaat”.

Bhalji Pendharkar, Baburao Painter, V.Shantaram, Dada Kondke, Raja Paranjpe, Mahesh Kothare, Smita Talwalkar, Sumitra Bhave, Sunil Sukthankar, Gajendra Ahire, Jabbar Patel, Amol Palekar, and Kedar Shinde are some of the notable directors and producers in Marathi cinema in the past few decades.

Modern Marathi actors include Dilip Prabhavalkar, Bharat Jadhav, and Sanjay Narvekar.

While some old Marathi movie songs remain popular, new composers like Ajay-Atul have been producing some very popular songs. Some of the old songs have also been remixed.

The Tamil film industry (Kollywood)


The Tamil film industry (Kollywood), based in the Kodambakkam area of Chennai is one of biggest film industries in India. Popularity and collections wise, the Tamil film industry is third only to the Hindi and Telugu film industries. Tamil films have enjoyed consistent popularity among Tamil speakers in India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia and Mauritius. Tamil films also receive fame in countries which contain Tamil immigrant communities such as the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and other European countries.

Kollywood remains third to Bollywood in India commercially and financially. Several technicians have crossed industries to encapture National fame such as Mani Ratnam, Selvaraghavan, A. R. Rahman, Shankar, Ravi K. Chandran and Jeeva. However unlike the technical counterparts, artistes from South India tend to fail to break into Bollywood, with only a handful breaking through, them being: Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Madhavan, Siddharth Narayan and Asin Thottumkal.

Ironically, several Bollywood actresses made their débuts in Kollywood, with Aishwarya Rai appearing in Iruvar, Priyanka Chopra in Thamizhan, Lara Dutta in Arasatchi and Sushmita Sen in Ratchagan. Furthermore, several actresses have done Tamil films while struggling to breakthrough in Bollywood, such as Kajol and her sister, Tanisha as well as Amisha Patel.

In the Tamil film industry, directors such as K. Balachander, Shankar, Ameer, Bala, Bharathiraja, Balu Mahendra, and Mani Ratnam have achieved box-office success whilst producing films that have balanced art and popular elements. The Tamil film industry accounts for approximately 1% of the gross domestic product of the state of Tamil Nadu. Costs of production have grown exponentially from just under Rs.4 million in 1980 to over Rs.110 million by 2005 for a typical star-studded big-budget film. Similarly, costs of processing per print have risen from just under Rs.2,500 in 1980 to nearly Rs.70,000 by 2005. There has been a growing presence of English in dialogue and songs as well. It is not uncommon to see movies that feature dialogue studded with English words and phrases, or even whole sentences. Some movies are also simultaneously released in two or three regional languages (either using subtitles or several soundtracks). Contemporary Tamil movies often feature Madras Bashai, a colloquial version of Tamil spoken in Madras. A select few, Iruvar and older films based on epics, for instance, employ literary Tamil extensively in dialogues when the situation calls for it. Many Tamil films are also dubbed into Telugu and Hindi and released in their respective states.

The Release of Robot Starring Rajini Kanth directed by supremo Shankar is expected to make a history in Indian Cinema. Robot is Director Shankar’s dream project.

The Telugu film industry

The Telugu film industry is based in Andhra Pradesh’s capital city, Hyderabad is second biggest industry in India after “Hindi” industry. The state also has what is claimed to be the largest film studio in the world, Ramoji Film City. The first studio for Telugu talkies was Vel Pictures, constructed in 1934 by P.V. Das, located at Madras. The first film made here was Sita Kalyanam. The first film made by a Telugu person, R.S. Prakash, was Bhishma Pratigna (The Pledge of Bhishma, 1922). Another important Telugu personality of this era was Y.V. Rao (1903-1973), an actor and director, whose silent film (directing) credits include Pandava Nirvana (1930), Pandava Agnathavaas (1930) and Hari Maya (1932). The first big movies in Telugu were made by the Surabhi Theatres troupes. They produced the first Telugu talkie, Bhakta Prahlada, directed by Hanumappa Munioappa Reddy in 1931. In the first few years of Telugu talkies, films were all mythological stories, taken from the stage. In 1936, Krittiventi Nageswara Rao made the first Telugu film not based on mythology, Premavijayam. The film influenced other Telugu film-makers into making such films. Some popular themes of these films (often called ‘social’ films) were the feudal zamindari system (Raitu Bidda, 1939), untouchability (Maala pilla, 1938), and widow remarriage. Since then, there have been both social (contemporary) and mythological or folk stories in Telugu cinema.

In the Telugu film industry, directors such as Kasinadhuni Viswanath (K.Viswanath), Ram Gopal Varma, Jandhyala, Krishna Vamsi and Singeetam SreenivasaRao have achieved box-office success whilst producing films that have balanced art and popular elements.Most number of Guinness records are in the telugu industry.Most number of films directed.most films produced by a producer.most number of songs sung by a male singer.and more .telugu Films have large box office collections in United States and England (UK) and most popular among the Indian abroad. Telugu files are also Remaked and Dubbed in other languages like Tamil,Malayalam and Kannada and will be release in respective states.

Telugu films are released in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, East Maharastra, Orissa and few parts of West Bengal. Telugu movies are released world wide in United States, Canada, parts of Europe, South Africa, Malaysia and Singapore.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinema_of_India

January 28, 2008 Posted by | Entertainment | , , , , | 33 Comments

Ghita!!!

While I was seeing videos in Youtube, I came across this video and the language is Moldovan and she is Romania. Her name is Cleopatra Stratan and is 3 years old!!!! Feel like I have wasted so many years of my life!!! It is one the most beautiful voice I have ever heard. She sings so sweet like an Angel. Wishing her all the best in the future. You must listen and watch this video. Im sure you will love it!!!!! Check out her cute expressions!!!!! Love it!!!!

The lyrics in english are below!!!!

My coat is on the hook
The sun seems to be doomed
And nothing’s really good.
I often think of Ghita…
But Ghita’s not in town
I know, I’ve asked around
It seems that he is gone
To get provisions…

Hard, it has been very hard
Want, but don’t know what I want
Of me, I know you too are fond…
Tell me, Ghita what is up?
Or come, or please go
Or tell me what to do
So please, don’t make me mad
Ghita, what’s up in your life?

REF:

Ghita, I’ll wait for you my dear Ghita
Tonight, at our place, do come,
But when you come don’t come as you do…
Usually, empty handed, who else
Is gonna wait for you as I do?…
A whole night, just for you my Ghita?
Show me just one other girl who
Can love you as much as I do!

January 25, 2008 Posted by | Entertainment | , , | 1 Comment