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Happy Rahman thanks mother, God at Oscars gala

Indian music maestro AR Rahman won the Oscar for his original score in the highly acclaimed movie Slumdog Millionaire.

The composer was overwhelmed and interspersed his speech with Hindi as well as Tamil on receiving the coveted trophy here Sunday.

“There is a dialogue from an old Hindi film,”Mere paas ma hai” – which means I have nothing but a mother. My mother is here, I have her blessings. I am glad she could be here,” said Rahman.

He ended the acceptance speech by saying “God is great” in Tamil, something he says after winning every award.

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February 23, 2009 Posted by | Bollywood, Cinema, General, Hollywood, Kollywood, Oscar, USA Related, World News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

AR Rahman gets 2 Oscars for Slumdog’s music

It was a dream run at the Oscars for India.

Filmmaker Danny Boyle’s rags-to-riches romance set in India, Slumdog Millionaire, won eight Oscar awards for best feature film, direction, original song, original score, sound mixing, editing, adapted screenplay and cinematography.

An elated Rahman who won the Academy Awards for best original score and song from the film Slumdog Millionaire said, “I want to thank everyone. The essence of the film is optimism and hope. All through my life I had the choice of love and hate…I chose love and I am here.” Read story

Boyle, 52, who had never before been nominated for an Oscar, beat David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Ron Howard (Frost/Nixon), Gus Van Sant (Milk), and Stephen Daldry (The Reader).

Boyle also becomes the first British winner of best director since Sam Mendes was honored in 2000 for American Beauty.

Resul Pookutty, who won the Oscar for best sound mixing, along with Ian Tapp and Richard Pryke said, “I dedicate this award to my country. This is not just an award, it is history.”

Smile Pinki, a 39-minute short film in Hindi and Bhojpuri, directed by Emmy-nominated producer Megan Mylan won the best documentary short subject Oscar. Read story

Spanish actress Penelope Cruz won her first Oscar on 22/02/2009 as best supporting actress for her performance as tempestuous artist Maria Elena in Woody Allen’s romantic comedy Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

“I dedicate this to all the actors from my country,” Cruz said in Spanish as she accepted the award.

Heath Ledger got the best supporting actor award for The Dark Knight. Ledger becomes the second man to win an acting Oscar posthumously.

Movie fans flocked to Hollywood on 22/02/2009(23/02/2009  morning India time) to watch the stars parade up the red carpet for the Oscars, the world’s top film awards.

Suspense at the gala ceremony had shifted to whether host Hugh Jackman and producers Bill Condon and Laurence Mark (Dreamgirls) can recapture a dwindling television audience with a showcase of top stars and films.

Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre where the 81st Academy Awards were held saw actors like Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Sean Penn, Meryl Streep and scores of other stars.

Many around the world watched on television to see what Jackman would do. He who won a Tony award on Broadway for his work in The Boy From Oz as well as TV’s Emmy award for hosting the stage world’s Tony awards.

He was brought in to the Oscars to help spruce up the show. He, Condon and Mark had been mostly quiet about their plans, but The Los Angeles Times said the pair hired Australian director Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge) to stage one number and comic writer/director Judd Apatow (Knocked Up) for laughs.

Jackman performed a musical introduction and a longer routine in the middle of the more than three-hour show.

Popular films always work

The biggest draw for Oscars has always been having popular movies at the centre of the show and suspense over which films, actors and actresses will win awards.

Slumdog, an often dark but ultimately hopeful tale about a poor Indian boy who competes for love and money on a TV game show, has generated about $150 million in global ticket sales.

It has earned awards from critics and industry groups whose members include actors, directors, producers and writers.

The movie’s key competition came from Milk, starring Penn as gay activist Harvey Milk, as well as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with Pitt as a man who ages backward.

The other two nominees were Frost/Nixon, which recounts the historic interviews of disgraced former US President Richard Nixon by British TV host David Frost, and the drama The Reader

February 23, 2009 Posted by | Bollywood, Cinema, General, Hollywood, India Related, Kollywood, Oscar, USA Related, World News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Veteran Actor-Comedian Nagesh dead

END OF AN ERA: Nagesh was suffering from diabetes and a heart ailment.

Nagesh was suffering from diabetes and a heart ailment.

Veteran Tamil movie actor-comedian Cyril K Nagesh, popularly known as Nagesh, died in Chennai on Jan 31, 2009, a family source said. He was 77.

Nagesh was suffering from diabetes and a heart ailment, the family member said. He is survived by three sons, including actor Anand Babu.

Nagesh acted in about 1,000 films and is most remembered for his role in Thiruvilayaadal.

January 31, 2009 Posted by | Cinema, General, Kollywood | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Sanjay Dutt gets a Rs 3-crore bus for poll campaign

Sanjay Dutt’s luxury cruise caravan is being built on an original Volvo chassis.

Sanjay Dutt

Sanjay Dutt, a new entrant to the field politics, is kicking off his new career in style.

The Bollywood star is all set for smashing debut at the political box office in Lucknow and it’s time now for the Samajwadi party candidate to do a bit of travelling.

Dutt is getting a Rs 3-crore luxury Volvo caravan, equipped with a shower and a toilet for his campaign trails.

The luxury cruise caravan is being built on an original Volvo chassis complete with all the comforts of home.

“The forward section has an office lounge section. The central section has a bar and complete set-up which houses all the DVDs, the play station, the X-Box, computers,” says Dilip Chhabria of DC Design Pvt Ltd.

The designer says Sanjay designed it for his outdoor movie shoots. Sources close to the actor believe otherwise and say he would also be using it for his election campaigns in Uttar Pradesh and other parts of North India.

The luxury vehicle could even be a gift from the Samajwadi Party.

“Sanjay Dutt’s specification was very, very clear. He wanted a vehicle that could spell a wow,” says Chhabria.

The caravan has been nine months in the making and would be delivered to Sanjay Dutt soon.

January 20, 2009 Posted by | Bollywood, Cinema, Elections, General, India Related, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rajinikanth must enter politics: Chiranjeevi’s advice

STAR TO STATESMAN? Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi formed his political party in August.

STAR TO STATESMAN? Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi formed his political party in August.

Tamil superstar Rajinikanth must enter politics, and he should decide about it now. That message comes from Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi, who formed his own political party this year.

“I think he (Rajinikanth) should have joined politics. I think he should have come (into politics). He has got some much charisma—people expect him,” said Chiranjeevi in an interview.

Asked whether he had discussed the issue with Rajinikanth, he said: “Yes, oh yes! Several times—we discussed it. We discussed it many times. He said when I enter 60 years it would be the right time.”

Chiranjeevi wanted the Tamil actor to decide about joining politics now. “Yes. You are right—something like that,” he said when asked if Rajinikanth should make a decision now.

Rajinikanth has refused to accept his fans’ plea to enter politics at least thrice since 1996. Last month, his fans formed a ‘political party’ but he scolded them and warned no one can “force” him to enter politics.

He also warned of legal action against people using his name for political gains.

“While no one can stop me from entering the political arena, nobody can force me to do so as well. Legal action will be initiated against those who use my name for political ends,” the actor said on October in a statement to media organisations.

Chiranjeevi, who for years had been under similar fan pressure, jumped into politics when he formed the Prajarajyam party in Tirupati on August 26.

Chiranjeevi has promised that his party will work for the poor and the landless but is yet to sketch out a clear political ideology.

November 7, 2008 Posted by | Cinema, General, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Amitabh discharged

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, who was admitted to Lilavati Hospital last Saturday following complaints of abdominal pain, was discharged on Friday. He had been in the hospital for a week.

Bachchan was admitted on his birthday, October 11. The Big B was complaining of severe abdominal pain and was diagnosed with incisional hernia.

He went back home in his own car. Son Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai were with him.

The actor has also spoken out on the illness for the first time, mentioning anxiety, pain and sleepless nights, in a post on his blog.

Bachchan, who has been a meticulously regular blogger ever since he started keeping an online journal more than 5 months ago, posted as many as five blog posts on Thursday night, but didn’t give away too many details of his health.

“These days are spent in hospital. In investigation and treatment and anxiety and sleepless nights and pain and… So much more.. But now the nurses exclaim at the time I spend in front of this screen and start pulling plugs out,” Bachchan wrote in his first blog post since he was hospitalised on his 66th birthday.

“I shall fill in these days. Perhaps later when I have the solitude of my convalescence.. My love for you remains steadfast and strong..” he had written.

Bachchan has acted in more than 170 films in a glittering career and is easily one of Indian cinemas most recognisable faces. His son Abhishek and daughter in law Aishwarya too are Bollywood actors. Currently, Bachchan has three projects on the floors, and was in talks for some more.

October 17, 2008 Posted by | Bollywood, Cinema, General | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rajini makes a stunning, alarming announcement

Fans have been eagerly awaiting the return of Rajini from Goa to be able to hold a meeting where they will request him oncRajini e again to enter politics. Rajini returned from the Endhiran shoot this morning and made a stunning announcement

regarding this.

He issued a directive saying in no uncertain terms that no fans or fans should be involved in any political activity. Any fan or fan club doing so will be excommunicated. It will be recalled that when some members of the Coimbatore fan club showed signs of political activity, they were asked to leave the fan club.
It would seem that the Superstar is sending a clear message to fans what his pending decision is going to be!

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October 15, 2008 Posted by | Cinema, Politics | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

‘தேசிய திராவிட மக்கள் முன்னேற்றக் கழகம்’ – புதிய கட்சி

தேசிய திராவிட மக்கள் முன்னேற்றக் கழகம்’ என்ற பெயரில் புதிய கட்சி ஆரம்பித்து கொடியையும் அறிமுகப்படுத்தியிருக்கிறார்கள், கோவையைச் சேர்ந்த சில ரஜினி ரசிகர்கள்.

தமிழகம் முழுவதிலும் உள்ள ரஜினியின் ரசிகர்கள் அவர் அரசியலுக்கு வரவேண்டுமென்று கோரிக்கை விடுத்தும் போஸ்டர்கள் ஒட்டியும் தங்கள் விருப்பத்தை தெரிவித்து வருகின்றனர்.

குறிப்பாக, குசேலன் தோல்விக்குப் பிறகு பலரும் ரஜினியின் செல்வாக்கு சரிந்து விட்டதாகக் கூறிக் கொண்டிருக்கும் இந்த் தருணத்தில் தங்கள் தலைவர் அரசியலுக்கு வந்து தனது செல்வாக்கை நிரூபிக்க வேண்டும் என விரும்புகின்றனர்.

ஆனால் ரஜினியோ இந்த நிமிடம் வரை தனது முடிவு குறித்து தெரிவிக்கவில்லை.

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சிவப்பு, வெள்ளை, கறுப்பு என 3 நிறங்களைக் கொண்டுள்ள கொடியில் நடுவில் நீல நிறத்தில் நட்சத்திரம் அதன் நடுவே சூப்பர் ஸ்டார் ரஜினி காந்தின் உருவம் பொரிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.

கடந்த வாரமே சிரஞ்சீவியின் பிரஜாராஜ்ஜியம் என்ற பெயரையொட்டி, ரஜினி ராஜ்ஜியம் என்ற பெயரில் ரஜினி ரசிகர்கள் கோவை முழுவதும் போஸ்டர்களை ஒட்டி பரபரப்பை ஏற்படுத்தியிருந்தனர் என்பது நினைவிருக்கலாம்.

கோவா ஷூட்டிங் முடிந்ததும் தனது ரசிகர்களைச் சந்திக்கும் ரஜினி இந்த விஷயத்தில் தனது முடிவை அறிவிப்பார் என்ற எதிர்பார்ரபோடும், தமிழகம் முழுக்க இன்னும் பரபரப்பான அரசியல் போஸ்டர்களை அடித்து வருகிறார்கள் ரஜினி ரசிகர்கள்.

October 11, 2008 Posted by | Cinema, General, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment