Monday, 12 August 2013

Sholay 3D To Release On October 11

Sholay 3D To Release On October 11

Sholay 3D to release on october 11

Brace up fans for the biggest Bollywood hit film - the epic hit Sholay is all set to return to the big screen again, this time in 3D!

This spells good news for all “Sholay” fanatics, who will now get a chance to watch the blockbuster in a three-dimension screen.

However, the fans will have to wait for sometime before the movie hits the theaters. Initially slated for an I-Day release, the 1975 mega film will now hit the marquee on Amitabh Bachchan's birthday on October 11, which means double treat for Big B fans.

The trailers, however, will go live from August 15 onwards. Says a source, “The date was specifically chosen as it coincides with Bachchan’s big day. He is the biggest star we have today and what better day to release the film.” True!

AW: Suchorita Dutta

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Shreya Ghoshal Cannot Sing

Shreya Ghoshal Cannot Sing Double Meaning Songs 

 Shreya Ghoshal cannot sing double-meaning songs

I have come across this interesting write-up by Rajiv Vijayakar and made a decision to include it in my site. That's not only because I liked his perception of writing but also because of the prominent fact that I am a blind fan of exceptional Shreya Ghoshal.

Rajiv Vijayakar says, it's been not only artistic yet professional evolution as well unlimited for Shreya Ghoshal, Queen Bee of playback in the film industry at present time. Prevalent factor remain that any song she 'strikes' turns gold, and even if a few miss the popular bus, the qualitative impact is consistent. Here is a singer who is simply growing accompanied by every song, come 'Teri Meri' (Bodyguard), 'Ooh La La' (The Dirty Picture), 'Chikni Chameli' (Agneepath), 'Naina Re And Lagan Lagi' (Dangerous Ishhq), 'Chikni Kamar', 'Chhammak Chhallo' and 'Chandaniya' (Rowdy Rathore), 'Humse Pyaar Kar Le Tu' and 'That's All I Really Wanna Do' (Teri Meri Kahaani) and now 'Chalao Na Nainon Se Baan Re' (Bol Bachchan).

Mr Rajiv Vijayakar expressed that meeting up the singer at her classy new apartment in Mumbai's Santa Cruz area is a first, as they have always met for interviews at studios otherwise done what are known as 'phoners' over the preceding decade. The singer is visibly relaxed as well they get chatting. Shreya's mother insists that Shreya play the piano, which she has commenced to learn. An outstanding rendition of the '70s S.D.Burman beauty, 'Ab To Hai Tumse', follows.

Excerpts from an interview:

It's been ten years since your debut with Devdas. Where do you see yourself today?
I am at peace and in a happy phase! (Smiles) My shifting to this locality from the central suburbs has allowed me the luxury of having far more free time as my commuting time has reduced literally by hours! This permits me to a lot of things I always wanted to - like learning the piano and listening to more and more music. Until now, even sitting with my family for a relaxed chat was a rare luxury!

Professionally, I am getting the best songs in the midst of all kinds of music that is happening. I am keen on stepping up my work in Bengali and am also coming out with a ghazal album. In recent times, I have rejected multiple songs because of objectionable lyrics or other reasons. I continue to do a lot of regional work, especially down South where the composers and filmmakers give you great respect.

Of late, there have been some new singers who have complained that their voices have been replaced after recording a song. Have you ever had this experience?
Unfortunately, yes. Some music directors have got into this pattern of trying out multiple voices for a song and can arbitrarily scrap your version after you have given your best. The irony is that a better singer can also be replaced by an inferior one, for reasons best guessed at rather than being the right ones! In principle, I have always hated this trend and have openly expressed my unwillingness to 'over-dub' on another singer's voice.

Why has this problem surfaced in Hindi film music over the last few years?
I don't know the exact reason why some music directors are following this trend. The big problem that a singer is absolutely unsure after recording any song about whether it will be finally heard when the music and film are out! In this craze for trying out various singers and sometimes programmers, some music directors are killing their own creativity. My song in a recent film, for example, had four female versions in different voices, all with minute differences of riffs! Why should composers be unsure about who will do justice to a song?

You have had a slew of good songs of late for Sajid-Wajid and Himesh Reshammiya in particular.
Theirs is the kind of melodious music that is going back to our roots. Himeshji's 'Naina Re' from Dangerous Ishhq was phenomenal. 'Chalao Na Nainon Se Baan Re' from Bol Bachchan has caught on in a big way - he is a genius as a composer and at his best very few can match him today. As for Sajid-Wajid, their biggest plus is that their melodies stand on their own, like in the good old days. By that I mean that the songs sound as good when heard or sung without a single instrument.

Where do you see trends going?
Entertainment is back! It is now proved that when you want to enjoy, nothing can beat classic Hindi entertainers. The South Indian remakes have also brought in catchy South Indian rhythms - the South excels at desi grooves. We all love hearty, rooted Indian music and nothing can beat the 6-8 beat in dance.

What explains Hindi film music's most deviant phase that came between 2008 and 2010?
Chaos was reigning because a generation that was ingrained in music from outside India was looking at our presenting alien music in our style, which they thought was the future of music in India. There was too much emphasis on technology, and words and their expressions were no longer as important. The placing of the vocal track level in the final mix and mastering was dominated by the orchestration and we often could not understand the words. Essentially, I would say that it was an identity crisis - and it continues even today in some quarters.

You mentioned that you rejected songs because of objectionable lyrics. Could you elaborate on that?
I do not have a problem with what I feel are bad lyrics. But I cannot sing double-meaning songs and worse. There were some parts of 'Chikni Chameli' that I made sure were modified.

It's very simple: we are not like the West - yet! There is a social responsibility that all artistes have. Indians still have a comfort level in being covered. If that is thought of as not going with the times, then so be it! Indians worldwide are being increasingly respected and honoured for their cerebral qualities and that's the way it should be! I am not insecure either, so why should I sing such attention-grabbing songs?

Are there any songs about which you are excited in the films to come?
I have recorded some really good songs across many composers. There are two terrific songs for Jeet Ganguly in Raaz 3 and am excited about Sanjay Leela Bhansali's new film for which he is also scoring the music.

You stated that you want to do more non-film music.
Yes, I want to do more in Bengali than the obligatory Pujo album every year! Besides being my mother-tongue, even in Bengali cinema, great times have come back because of Shantanu Moitra's music in Antaheen. I want to do more for independent music - the ghazal album I am doing has music by Deepak Pandit with lyrics by Manoj Muntashir. I really miss the days of ghazals and thumris so I want to contribute my bit.

This is not the era of physical sales though. So how are you planning to market the album?
Such albums do not have to be huge. As for the reach, I will make sure that my album will go where it should. I will definitely add my own publicity to it through tweets, posts on Facebook and also concerts.

Finally, which would you say are the landmark songs of your career?
Oh, there have been so many. But I would like to mention the songs that steered my career at the right time in the right direction. After a traditional score like Devdas as a debut film, my songs in Jism - 'Jadoo Hai Nasha Hai' and 'Chalo Tumko Lekar Chale', and later in Saaya and Main Hoon Naa gave me a modern as well as versatile image. In the last three years, I was being largely called to sing the staid romantic melodies and 'Ooh La La', 'Chikni Chameli' and the songs of Rowdy Rathore have once again come as life-saving opportunities that have broken that restrictive image. As I said, I am in a happy phase!

I sincerely thank Mr Rajiv Vijayakar to include this article on the site.

Content Source: Bollywood Masala

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Thursday, 8 August 2013

Chennai Express Movie Updates

'Chennai Express' gearing up for release

'Chennai Express' gearing up for release

As Shah Rukh Khan's "Chennai Express" gears up to let off steam tomorrow across 3,500 screens in  home turf and 700 screens abroad, the frenzy around the movie gathers new steam. Boasting of widest release ever, expectations are riding high on this Rohit Shetty action-comedy. So what is is that makes 'Chennai Express' so buzzworthy? Let's check out.

The biggest USP of the film is its larger-than-life lead star, Shah Rukh Khan. But the thrill doesn't end there. For the first time ever, the audience will see 'King Khan' storm the big screen as 'Rahul' in rom-com avatar. Also with director Rohit Shetty, the Gol-mall man at the helm of affairs, one expects nothing less than solid Bollywood 'ishtyle' entertainment from 'Chennai Express'. Deepika Padukone further adds zing to the whole thing. Dips chemistry and camaraderie with SRK is sizzling on creen. So gear up for some tickles there.


'Chennai Express' flags off to a roaring start when a 40-year-old  north Indian guy Rahul, (Shah Rukh),  crosses paths with south Indian girl Meena Lochni (Deepika), and his life changes for good.

A series of interesting events and hungama unfolds that is likely to leave the audience on the edge and in splits too.

With the massive pre-release buzz  building around the movie, the movie is likely to create new box-office records once it releases tomorrow.

AW: Suchorita Dutta

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Chennai Express Movie Preview

Chennai Express Movie Preview

Deepika clears her tongue on Chennai Express

Deepika clears her tongue on Chennai Express

As Deepika Padukone's obnoxious sounding Tamil spritzed Hindi dialogues continues to draw flak from the critics, the actress vehemently contesting all claims asserts that the film or her character is no way a spoof.

Deepika, who hails from Bangalore, says she wouldn't pluck up on her own culture for nothing.

"I don't understand why people are jumping to conclusion without even seeing the film. We all are South Indians, Rohit is a South Indian and I think except for SRK most of the crew was from South. Why would we spoof our own culture? For years, our films have been based in Punjab but now few films have started setting their stories in South India. I think people are not yet used to it. It is a comedy and larger-than-life film so dialogues are meant to be funny," Deepika said during a promotional event of 'Chennai Express'.

Rohit Shetty's “Chennai Express” starring Shah Rukh Khan in the lead, features Deepika as a Tamil girl who falls in love with a North Indian .

"I could identify with my character. I think Indian girls are like that. They have a mind of their own but are close to their families. Even when we are travelling outside, we don't lose that quality and stand out in the crowd. We have a way of carrying ourselves with lot of dignity and respect," added Deepika who believed the role was tailor cut for her.

Fresh from the success of "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani", the actress is looking forward to another hit in "Chennai Express" that releases this Friday, August 9.

AW: Suchorita Dutta

Hrithik Spent 4.5 Hours On His Make Up For Krrish 3

Hrithik spent 4.5 hours on his make-up for Krrish 3 everyday 

Hrithik spent 4.5 hours on his make-up for Krrish 3 everyday

Endorsing a film, right after one has undergone a complicated brain surgery, can be torturous for a hero, not for a superhero.

Hrithik Roshan, Bollywood's first superhero, has gone to prove what stuff the superheroes are made of.

Despite the pain, the actor stepped out of his home to promote his film “Krrish 3”.

"I do get the occasional headache, but overall my health is much better," he says smilingly. "I'm in a happy frame of my mind, and I cannot wait to unveil the first look of Krrish 3," the buoyant actor said.

Apparently, Hrithik Roshan, who plays triple role in the movie, has donned three different looks for each of his character. Talking about it, Hrithik says that the film has been a fairly challenging one.

"The Rohit look was very difficult to attain. Koi Mil Gaya released in 2003, so we needed the character to look aged."


Apparently, Hrithik took nearly four and half hours everyday to get ready for those scenes with his prosthetic expert. "Mike Stringer (best known for Lord of the Rings trilogy) was flown in to do the makeup and prosthetics. He was present for two schedules," he says.

In fact, Stringer had multiple screenings of Koi Mil Gaya and tried out several looks before they took a final call. "Rohit's character will continue to have child like qualities, but he will also look like a father (to Krishna). I had to balance that out. And importantly, that character wants to make everyone around him happy. So that element had to be retained," Hrithik says.

And for Krrish, the superhero? "The mask which is based on Krishna's chakra is a slightly enhanced version of the original," explains the actor. "I had to modulate my voice in three different styles, but the final product looks pretty good," he concludes.

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Kangana Turns Singer

Kangana Turns Singer

Kangana turns singer

Kangana Ranaut seems to be hitting the right chords these days!

The actress has apparently joined the Bollywood bandwagon of actors like  Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and Juhi Chawla to render songs for their movie.

Kangana has apparently gone behind the mic for Krrish 3 that has left music director Rajesh Roshan all praises for the actress.

Kangana Ranaut, who will be seen in a negative role in the movie, has crooned a romantic melody for this Rakesh Roshan film.

"Kangna is a born artist. There are praises for her from me. She has sung such a tough song in the film... to sing such a song, a full-fledged romantic song, it is a big thing," Rajesh told the press.


Further talking about the music of the film that starts Hrithik Roshan in the lead role, Rajesh Roshan said that it was challenging as Rakesh had set high standards for the music.

"It is an action film, Rakeshji is Roshan blood, if you give him only commercial, he does not take it. He has fixed standards. They make me work till I raise my bar," he said.

The composer revealed that one song took about a month to be made and six days to mix.

"Sameer has written the songs. This is a commercial film and there has to be a balance in the lyrics... There is an item song, but it does not have bad words. Rakesh doesn't like to put words just so that it works," he further added.

The second sequel to the 2003 blockbuster “Koi Mil Gaya”, this film boasts of an eclectic starcast of Priyanka Chopra and Viveik Oberoi.

The film is slated for release on November 4, 2013.

AW: Suchorita Dutta

SRK Acknowledges To Being A Directors Actor

SRK Acknowledges To Being A Directors Actor

SRK acknowledges to being a director's actor
The King Khan of Bollywood while uttering regarding his film roles, as well why he isn’t heading to Hollywood. SRK brings out the fact that he is not interested in taking up a stereotypical role created for Asians in Hollywood. Bollywood’s superstar Shahrukh Khan expressed that to get a role not specific to his colour otherwise the way he speak or act is very tough.


SRK has been active in Hindi films for over two decades, has featured in beyond 80 films and gained victory with the tag of “superstar”, yet the 47-year-old has yet to find a suitable role in international films. A hugely popular actor in many countries, one whose face has become synonymous with the huge draw of the Indian film industry, particularly the Mumbai-based Hindi film industry, King Khan feels he doesn’t have the USP to work in Hollywood. 

Furthermore, while SRK was asked what made him think so, he expressed that he didn’t talk in terms of fan following. SRK in an exclusive interview that he think the kind of role he would want to do in a Hollywood film is one that makes India proud. To get a role like that is not specific to his colour, otherwise the way he speak, look or act or his age, it’s very difficult. He mean that one can’t go to a big filmmaking world and say write a role for a 47-year-old actor who is brown, has hair like this, acts this way, dances a bit… the role should be something that Indians should be proud of. It’s too specific for him to have a USP.


SRK nevertheless appreciated Indian faces who are doing well on the international film fraternity. In fact, he added there are a few young boys and girls, who are doing really well internationally, and he pray they make it big. Emphasizing on Barfi, Chak De India, Chennai Express, DDLJ, Deepika Padukone, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Gangs of Wasseypur, Om Shanti Om, Rohit Shetty, Shahrukh Khan Shahrukh takes pleasurable appreciation and cherishes all the love and attention showered on him on the home ground and is set to overwhelm his fans with Chennai Express. In fact, he is right now busy driving the buzz around the comedy drama, coming out on Friday, his first film accompanying new age master of comedies Rohit Shetty.


While sharing his experience of working with Shetty, Shahrukh expressed saying that Rohit is fantastically organised. The best part about him is that he has a group of 200 trained people working under him. Rohit knows what he wants therefore he always delivers the best.

Now, coming to the actuality, Chennai Express, Shahrukh’s second film along with Deepika Padukone in succession to the 2007 blockbuster hit Om Shanti Om, has a popular train scene from his Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ). Excitingly, in Chennai Express the name of Shahrukh’s character is Rahul, a screen title he has donned in a string of hits. He confesses to being a director’s actor, and that he is a director’s actor.

SRK belong to a world which directors establish. Shahrukh expressed that he enjoy being with them in their world at the same time he want the world to see him as an actor who moulds himself according to the character his director creates for him. The Hindi film industry, which is celebrating its 100 years this year, has undergone evolution with new filmmakers cheerfully on the silver screen with new subjects, Shahrukh stresses adding it’s not a new trend.


To move furthermore, Shahrukh said that there’s Gangs of Wasseypur, Barfi all kinds of films are being made, which is good. There have always been all kinds of filmmakers who make films like Iron Man, Batman as well as Chak De! India which is all time parallel, when SRK did DDLJ, there was Maya Memsaab as well. He always try to work on a different genre. SRK feel the industry has given him name, fame and money at the same time he won’t ever forgive himself if he won’t do anything beneficial for Indian cinema as well for his fans. From romantic to villainous and from action to superhero – SRK has explored into a variety of roles. 

While SRK was asked how he is in real life, Shahrukh expressed that he is a little like all of them. There are parts as well as portions of him that we see in his characters as well and that if he play a father, he would do it the way he do it with his kids. On the other hand, if he play a lover, he would behave the same way he is actually in life. SRK calls himself to be funny man yet a person accompanying gentleness and kindness.

Enjoy the Chennai Express official trailer:

Whatever it is, SRK is not just a superstar but an addiction for the millions of fans around the world who just like to watch him on the screen.  Shahrukh genuinely has that magical power that very rare people have on this earth, that he can actually win your heart and soul forever!

SRK - Power of acting accompanying power of magical character

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Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Zanjeer Release In Trouble Because Of Javed Akhtar

Zanjeer Release In Trouble Because Of Javed Akhtar

Zanjeer release in trouble because of Javed Akhtar

More troubles lie ahead for the makers of Zanjeer!

The remake of the 1973 blockbuster that was set to hit the theaters on September 6, is likely to get delayed now.

Apparently,  co-writer of the movie Javed Akhtar is in no mood to budge. The writer, who has been embroiled in a long copyright legal battle with the makers of the film has contested the remake as wrongful and said the film cannot go to theaters until the issue is completely resolved.


Says the enraged writer, “How can they announce the release date when the matter is sub judice? Do they think it’s a joke? Don’t they understand the law? Until the matter of the remake rights is sorted out in the court, the film cannot be released.”
Apparently, Akhtar is shocked by the way the makers of the Zanjeer remake are going about promoting their film without paying any heed to the law.

“It’s almost as if they believe the legal matter would vanish by magic and it will be in the theatres on the day they’ve announced. Either they don’t understand the law or think I’m going to back down. There is no way they can get away with this. I am taking my fight against this unauthorized remake as far as it goes,” he proclaims, while his creative partner Salim Khan who co-wrote the original Zanjeer, is also fighting a legal battle against the same.

Producer Puneet Mehra and director Apoorva Lakhia were unavailable for comment.

AW: Suchorita Dutta
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