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Wednesday, August 1, 2007

'Satyabhama' Celebrates Platinum Disc Function

Introducing Srihari Nanu as director, Bekkem Venugopal and Mamidisetty Srinivas had jointly produced 'Satyabhama' with Sivaji and Bhoomika Chawla in the lead. The film was released recently and is running successfully.

As there was a good response to the audio sales, the film had achieved 'Platinum Disc'. To mark the occasion, the film unit had organised a function at Kalamandir Showroom in Kukatpally.

Hero Sivaji, producer Bekkem Venugopal, addressing the function, thanked the audiences for making their film a big hit. Singer Kausalya and music director Chakri rendered the songs in the film and enthralled the audiences.

Soma Vijayaprakash and Kalamandir owner Kalyan also participated in the function.


Telugu Movie Yamadonga doing extraordinary business in US

We hear that Yamadonga did good business in USA. As of July 30th most of the centers for first 3 weeks business is closed. The movie has still 2 more weeks to release. USA is all gearing up to see a 11 print and 15 centres release of Yamadonga. This is first of such business for NTR starring film. This kind of respose never happned before for Jr. NTR. Distributors dispatched posters and vinyl banners already to all the exhibitors. Publicity in the local centres will start very soon.


I want to do fun cinema says Kartina Kaif

She walked into a packed room, surrounded by photographers on all sides. It took a while before those assembled could catch a glimpse of her.

Model-turned-actor Katrina Kaif was in Mangalore to inaugurate a jewellery showroom.

Quite predictably, the media hounded the actor, dressed in a bright sari and decked in gold jewellery.

Patiently, the pretty Ms. Kaif, answered the series of questions thrown at her.

Prepared perhaps to field posers on her career, she was thrown a little off balance by the first question: “Would you vote for Abdul Kalam or Pratibha Patil if you had a chance to vote in the presidential election?”

“Pratibha…I think. But I respect Mr. Kalam. He has done a lot for the country. I don’t know… I am not a political expert,” she tried, grinned, and gave up with a wave of her hands.

The tension was dissipated, everyone relaxed and simpler questions followed.

Comparing the careers of modelling and acting, she said acting was tougher. It demanded more, she said.

For Katrina, her best role in Bollywood so far, has been in “Namastey London”.

“The story revolves around a woman, which is quite rare in commercial Hindi cinema.”

Katrina said she loved working in the South Indian film industry. She has worked in Telugu and Malyalam movies. “It has been two and a half years since I did a South Indian movie. I miss the industry,” she said.

She was offered a Kannada movie once, but couldn’t accept it, as she was busy with four other projects at the same time. If a good Kannada offer comes along, I will definitely take it. But I hope the language is easier than Malayalam, which was quite complicated,” she says smiling.

Second language

“I am willing to work in any language if the director is talented. Language is secondary,” she added.

Asked about her sartorial preferences, she said it depended on the situation.

“If I am wearing jewellery like this (pointing to the many gold necklaces she was wearing), then it has obviously got to be a sari.

If I am going out for coffee, or somewhere more casual, I would prefer a dress.”

She answered the expected “who is the best actor you have worked with?” with a careful, “I share a very good working relationship with Akshay Kumar. He has very good energy, and we are comfortable with each other.”

Anish Asmi’s “Welcome”, a musical with Subhash Ghai and a movie with Abbas Mastan, co-starring Saif Ali Khan, are projects she is looking forward to.

Asked what she thought of the nature of roles Bollywood offered its actresses, she thought for a moment before saying “In commercial cinema, the roles offered to heroines tend to be limited, but there are off beat roles that allow you to explore a character. However, initial success and recognition come through commercial films.

At the beginning of any career you want to be noticed. “Like everyone else, even I want to be taken note of,” said Katrina.

“Every actress thinks differently, but for me, it is more important to be an entertainer. I am consciously building my career as a commercial actress.

At a later stage, I might do offbeat roles. But now I don’t want to do films that ten people watch. I want to do movies where the hall is full.

I want to do ‘fun cinema’. Eventually of course, I want to try other kinds of roles too,” said Katrina.

Her dream role, she said would be a in a period film. “I would love to do a movie set in times of war or conflict,” Katrina said signing off.


Uncertainty hangs over Rs. 100 cr. pinned on Sanjay Dutt

After Sanjay Dutt was sentenced to six years imprisonment in the 1993 serial blasts case, more than Rs 100 crore riding on him will now remain in limbo as the actor's future remains uncertain.

"More than Rs 100 crore is riding on Sanjay Dutt and his sentencing is a definite setback for directors like Sanjay Gadhvi, Abbas Mustan and Rajkumar Hirani, who have major projects planned with him," editor of Trade Guide, Taran Adarsh, told PTI here.

"Some of his major projects include 'Kidnap' with Gadhvi, 'Mr Fraud' with Mustan and of course the third instalment of the Munnabhai series with Hirani, all of which will now be on hold," Adarsh said.

Industry sources said while it was too early to comment on Dutt's future in the industry, they did concede that some of the projects would suffer to a great extent if Dutt did not find a way to escape the jail term.

"Unless he gets some relief from the Supreme Court, a lot of money will be in limbo. The Munnabhai series which has been highly successful will have to be put on hold. The next film with Munnabhai in America, is unlikely to go on floors soon," a source said.

Dutt was also set to work on close friend Sanjay Gupta's next project, but sources close to him said he was aware that jail may be a possibility and hence had avoided shooting for his films until the sentencing came through.


"China's film censors upset about new Jackie Chan movie"

Chinese officials have expressed concerns about scenes involving Chinese gangsters in Jackie Chan's new action police comedy ``Rush Hour 3,'' casting doubt on the movie's release in the country, a Hollywood trade magazine reported Tuesday.

Variety magazine said on its Asia Web site that Chinese officials believe ``Rush Hour 3,'' which features Chan and Chris Tucker combating Chinese gangsters in Paris, is ``fundamentally anti-Chinese.''

The ``Rush Hour'' series revolves around the racial humor derived from the pairing of a Chinese (Chan) and black American (Tucker) police officer.

China's Film Bureau often asks foreign filmmakers to edit scenes they consider offensive. Censors recently cut scenes of Chow Yun-fat depicted as a bald, scarred pirate in ``Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End,'' saying the images insulted China's people, state media reported.

The Chinese government carefully screens foreign media content and allows in only about 20 foreign films a year.

Variety said Chinese officials won't offer filmmakers a chance to edit ``Rush Hour 3.''

Chan's JC Group owns the distribution rights to ``Rush Hour 3'' in Hong Kong and China. JC Group Senior Vice President Solon So said Tuesday New Line Cinema was in charge of distributing the movie and he did not know its status in China.

New Line Cinema has not yet commented on the Variety report, and China's Film Bureau did not answer inquiries.

``Rush Hour 3'' is scheduled to be released in the U.S. Aug. 10.


Film fraternity rallies behind Sanjay Dutt

Film personalities today rallied behind actor Sanjay Dutt after he was given a six-year jail term in the 1993 serial blasts case, saying he had got punishment that exceeded the "error" he had committed.

Members of the film fraternity said the actor, the son of late MP Sunil Dutt, had already been in prison for over one- and-half years, which should suffice as his punishment.

"I think whatever punishment has been meted out to him, it far exceeds the error committed by him...People have forgotten the circumstances under which the error was committed," said yesteryears actress Saira Banu.

Actor and BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha said he felt sad for Dutt and his family. "I feel Sanjay became a victim of a conspiracy of circumstances," Sinha said in Simla.

Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who is close to Dutt, said: "It's an ongoing nightmare. There seems to be no relief."

Director Madhur Bhandarkar argued that Dutt had already spent 16 months in prison following his arrest in 1993.

Describing the sentence as "upsetting", director Kunal Kohli said, "My full sympathy is with him and his family. I can't even imagine what his family is going through.

"It is a very sad day and I think he has already suffered a lot...He has already paid for whatever has happened," Kohli said. "I admire the way he is dealing with it (the crisis)."

Mahesh Bhatt, who directed Dutt in several movies, said: "It is certainly a dark day for people who know Sanju. It is like a replay of events."

Saira Banu, whose husband Dilip Kumar filed an affidavit endorsing Dutt's character in the special TADA court, said people seemed to have forgotten the good work done by the actor, especially in the aftermath of the 1993 blasts when he picked up the wounded from the streets and took them to hospital.

"You know when there is some kind of catastrophe, sometimes in such a situation, someone does wrong. But my god, what a punishment," she said.

Actress Kirron Kher said, "I think he has already suffered. He must have known that he will have to suffer a little more and he has decided to accept it with grace."


Monica Bedi sympathises with Sanjay Dutt

Bollywood starlet Monica Bedi, recently released from jail after being acquitted in a passport forgery case, today sympathised with actor Sanjay Dutt, who was sentenced to six years imprisonment in 1993 Mumbai blasts case, and said she was confident he would get justice from the Supreme Court.

Bedi, who is spending her time at her ancestral village Chhabewal in Hoshiarpur district of Punjab, said Dutt's punishment would be a "big loss" for Bollywood.

"I'm confident Dutt will get justice from the Supreme Court", she added.


Sanjay Dutt sentenced to 6-years' RI

Actor Sanjay Dutt arrives at the Special TADA court in Mumbai on Tuesday. He was sentenced to 6-years' RI for illegal possession of weapons.

Mumbai, July 31 (PTI): Actor Sanjay Dutt was today sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for six years for illegal possession of weapons that were given to him by associates of gangster Dawood Ibrahim ahead of the 1993 serial blasts here.

Dutt, who spent 16 months in prison after his arrest in April 1993 and was free on bail, was also fined Rs 25,000 by the special TADA court of Judge P D Kode.

The court rejected Dutt's application seeking exemption from a prison term under the Probation of Offenders (POA) Act.

Dutt, who was seated in the back of the court when the sentence was announced, was visibly shocked as the judge gave the reasoning for his decision not to grant him relief under the POA Act.

After pronouncing the sentence, the court cancelled the bail granted to Dutt and told police to take him into custody.

Dutt was convicted in November last year under the Arms Act for the illegal possession of a 9mm pistol and an AK-56 rifle but was acquitted of more serious terrorism charges under the stringent TADA law.

Initially, the court granted Dutt's associate Rusi Mulla benefit under the POA Act but then announced that the actor and two others would not be eligible to get relief under the same law.

The court observed that Dutt had not merely committed a criminal act but also told three others to commit criminal acts on his behalf.

After a court clerk read out the sentence, Dutt was seen chatting with fellow convicts and friends Yusuf Nulwalla and Kersi Adajania.

Commenting upon affidavits filed by public personalities like actor Dilip Kumar in support of Dutt, Judge Kode said these are of no use if there exists material which says that the actor has indulged in a criminal act.

Dismissing the defence's argument that the weapons were acquired by Dutt for self-defence, Kode said such an acquisition cannot be called "noble", and is contrary to the law and indicates scant respect for the law.

"I must say for every citizen, laws of the nation shall be respected. If you don't, I don't expect you to be called a moral person," Kode said.

Kode also observed it was an "eminently dangerous act" as the weapon possessed by Dutt was capable of mass destruction though the accused had not used the weapons.

Dutt acquired the weapons to "protect" his family in the aftermath of sectarian violence that erupted in Mumbai following the demolition of the babri mosque in late 1992.

Kode said the character of the accused is very important while considering if they deserved relief under the POA Act.

He pointed out that apart from possessing the weapons, Dutt was a close acquaintance of Anees Ibrahim and attended a party hosted by Dawood Ibrahim in Dubai.

Regarding the nature of the crime, Kode said generally, crime happens at the hands of any one man but Dutt drew another person to commit a crime which showed "high element of criminality."

Kode, however, said the crimes committed by Dutt and his friends Adajania and Nulwalla were not "anti-social, ghastly, inhuman, immoral or pre-planned" and did not cause any harm to the general public.

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Telugu actors Allari Naresh and Charmi have paired together in veteran director Bapu’s film. The film produced on Chaitra Cinema Circuit banner is leaving for Coastal area to can key scenes in the Bobbili, Vijayanagaram, Araku and other scenic spots. Produc K. Aparna informed about the film’s progress in a press note. She said the film has modern touch with entertainment, politics and family values mingled with each other. A 13-day schedule from July 9 – 21 st in Hyderabad was also finished recently, she added.

She informed that it would have six songs that are penned by Bapu’s favorite Veturi. Jonnavittula too writes couple of songs to the tunes of Vidyasagar.


KIRAN RATHOD becoming more attractive day by day ?

Some heroines are growing cute day by the day. Remember Kiran Rathod the actress from “Bhagyalakshmi Bumper Draw”. She has now hit the gym and has reinvented herself. One should see the actress now. A few of her pictures were splashed sometime ago and she is looking damn sexy. People received shock when an extremely busty heroine Kiran Rathod entered a post Audio release Party recently. Great going Kiran! Expecting to see more of you in the future!



Guess who is the person whom Trisha idolizes the most? Well, it is none other than the one and only J Jayalalitha. The boss of the AIADMK party and former Tamil Nadu chief minister has inspired Trisha from her childhood.

Trisha studied in the same school as that of Jayalalitha. Trisha is also in awe of the acting prowess of Jayalalitha. And her most memorable day was when she received an award from Jayalalitha at her school.


Manisharma Live in Memphis - Gallery

Manisharma Live in Memphis - Gallery

Telugu Association of Memphis (TAM) proudly presented great program for all the telugu community in and around memphis by arranging 'Swara Brahma' Manisharma, the tollywood's # 1 music director, live-in show for the first time ever in Memphis, TN. He and his troupe gave an scintillating performance at Memphis on July15th, which was a very huge success. His troupe included Sri Mani Sharma , "Indian Idol" finalist Karunya, Sri Mallikarjun, Sri Vinodh Babu, Smt. Sunitha and Smt Vijayalakshmi, Sri Harikishen and orchestra.

The performance was exhilarating and filled with lots of energy. He once again proved why he is known as 'Swara Brahma'. Crowd was over whelmed with his energy and he reciprocated that with songs that were perfect blend of Music. His commitment and perfection in organising the show is laudable. Even though the show started off with a little delay for things that are not planned for, his kind gesture to acknowledge the crowd waiting out side the auditorium to have patience just to witness a wonderful evening is worth mentioning. The show started off with 'Mimicry' Hari kishan introducing the artits to the audience.

Mallikarjun started off the show by singing "Rama Rama raghurama" from Sri Anjaneyam. He sang it with utter perfection and his mellifulous voice was flawless.The Spirit continued for the rest of evening as Karunya took it to the heights by singing one of the very super hit songs 'Yamahanagari..' from megastar's Chiranjeevi's block buster, 'Choodalani Undi'. The chorus singers gave a wonderful support from the back. The crowd has already begun dancing all over the place and the enthusiasm was at it peak stage when the singers sang the songs from POKIRI,NARASIMHANAIDU,INDRA and others. It was a tremendous effort from all the singers and the troup. Not to forget the Mimicry show by Sri Hari Kishan. His mimicry included imitating political leaders, movie satire and "Jurassic Park" scene.

By the time,the entire crowd was already exhuberant, Sunita took everybody to a world of fusion. She sang 'Thaye Yashodha' from Ragam(Morning Raaga) that is a blend of carnatic and western music. This fusion of music, itself says alot about Manisharma. He continued to encourage singers on the stage to perform at their best for every song. It was perfect compilation of songs that he had deliverd along with the troup. Manisharma's magic came to a conclusion with 'Nenu Saitam' from Tagore followed by 'Janaganamana'. Three Cheers to Mani sharma and The Troup.

In her vote of thanks, Sri Padma Peravalli (TAM) thanked all the major sponsors such as Memphis Cardiology, Dr Deepika Pulasani, HP Consulting group, International Consulting Partners, Mayuri restaurant and several supporters in Telugu community. She extended her thanks to the local families who hosted the artists


Pawan Kalyan attends Chiranjeevi blood camp - Gallery

The MBBS students studying in China sent by St. Joseph’s Consultants donated their blood to Chiranjeevi Eye & Blood Bank as a part of their social activities undertaken during their vacatons to India. More than 221 students participated in this massive blood donations camp along with China University’s representative Ms. Linda and few students from Canada, UK,, Australia who were welcomed and greeted by Pawan Kalyan, and veteran film producer Allu Arvind. This is the first time by St Joseph’s Indian students studying abroad donating blood in massive scale.

This blood donation was held during the 12th anniversary celebrations of St. Joseph consultants pvt. Ltd.