Actor couple Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza named their new-born son Riaan Riteish Deshmukh on December 6 at a private Barsa (naming) ceremony in Mumbai.
Genelia tweeted: Genelia Deshmukh ✔ @geneliad
Genelia and Riteish became parents to a baby boy on November 25, brought their bundle of joy home on November 29. (Also Read: Riteish Deshmukh, Genelia D’Souza Bring Their Baby Home)
The entire Deshmukh family had converged for the naming ceremony of the newest member of the house. Genelia also tweeted:
Blessed to have the entire family under one roof- for the ‘Barsa’ (naming ceremony) of my lil one. – 2:30 PM – 6 Dec 2014
Earlier in the day Riteish had tweeted that he was more nervous changing his baby’s diaper than giving his first shot in front of the camera. He tweeted:
Mission Possible -successfully changed the first baby diaper. Was more nervous than giving my first shot in front of the camera.
Motherhood is definitely suiting well to the Jaane Tu.. Ya Jaane Na actress, as she too had shared her experience of becoming a new mother. (Also Read: Genelia D’Souza Says Motherhood is “Magical”)
Genelia Deshmukh ✔ @geneliad
… Heaven is what I feel.. Magicallllllllllll .. Thank u again – 11:18 AM – 30 Nov 2014
Padma Bhushan Kamal Haasan embarked on his cinematic journey at the young age of five with Kalathur Kannamma in 1960.
Five decades on, the widely feted and extremely versatile actor is still going strong.
As the mega star turns 60 today, here’s a look at some of his best films over the years.
Kalathur Kannamma (1960)
Kamal Hassan, a mere child, was pitted against industry stalwarts like Gemini Ganesan and Savitri.
However, Kamal not only won the President’s Gold Medal — Rashtrapathi Award — for his performance, but also a permanent place in the hearts of the Tamil audience.
This was just the beginning though.
After Kalathur Kannamma, Haasan played a double role in the film Paarthal Pasi Theerum and made an impressive debut in Malayalam cinema with Kannum Karalum in 1962.
He worked in six films as a child artist during the 1960s.
His last film as a child artist was with the legend MG Ramachandran in Anandha Jothi in 1963.
This was followed by a seven-year hiatus, during which he continued his education and also joined a theatre company under the guidance of TK Shanmugam.
It was in the 1970s when he returned to the big screen with KS Sethumadhavan’sKanyakumari, opposite Rita Bhaduri.
Apoorva Raagangal (1975)
Haasan was mostly seen in supporting roles until he got his first break in Tamil with Apoorva Raagangal in 1975.
A controversial social drama directed by K Balachander, the film dealt with the relationship between an older woman and a young man (and between the old woman’s young daughter and the young man’s father) and was considered far ahead of its times.
Haasan was perfect as the angry young man rebelling against society and its norms.
While Srividya played the female lead, the film also marked the debut of Rajinikanth in a cameo.
Apoorva Raagangal was a huge success and was later remade in Hindi as Ek Nai Paheli with Kamal Haasan and Hema Malini in the lead roles.
16 Vayathinile (1977)
Director Bharathiraja made a sensational debut in Tamil cinema with 16 Vayathinile.
It was the first time in Tamil cinema a film was shot entirely outdoors.
Bharathiraja captured on celluloid the untouched beauty of rural Tamil Nadu in all its natural glory.
Haasan was widely described as brilliant as the lame country bumpkin, Chappani, equally supported by the memorable Parattai, played by Rajinikanth. Sridevi essayed their love interest.
Sigappu Rojakkal (1978)
In Sigappu Rojakkal, a thriller directed by Bharathiraja, Haasan played a psychotic killer disguised as a charming and sophisticated young businessman.
The film narrated the tale of a ruthless misogynist who preyed on young innocent girls and eventually killed and buried them in his garden. Sridevi, with who he made a winning combination, was the female lead.
Although a negative role, the versatile actor gave an exceptional performance and the film went on to become a major hit, successfully completing a 175-day run at the box office.
Raaja Paarvai (1981)
The 1980s were an important phase in Haasan’s career.
He turned producer with the film Raaja Paarvai in 1981.
He also made a remarkable debut in Hindi cinema with Ek Duuje Ke Liye.
His Telugu film, Sagara Sangamam, a dance-musical, which released in 1983, became a mega hit and went on to win two National Awards.
The actor himself won two National Awards in this decade, one for Moondram Pirai and the other for Nayakan.
Raaja Paarvai did not fare very well at the box office but went on to achieve cult status.
The film is about a fiercely independent blind violinist whose life is chronicled by a writer, played by Madhavi.
Haasan won rave reviews for his realistic portrayal of a visually impaired musician, but unfortunately as producer of the film he incurred heavy losses.
Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981)
Ek Duuje Ke Liye was the Hindi remake of director K Balachander’s own Telugu blockbusterMaro Charitra.
The film narrates a beautiful love story with a tragic end — two young lovers from the opposite sides of the Vindhyas struggle against a society that does not approve of a cross-cultural romance.
Haasan essayed the character of Vasu, a Tamilian deeply in love with Sapna (Rati Agnihotri), a North Indian girl.
Moondram Pirai (1982)
Written and directed by Balu Mahendra, Moondram Pirai was a beautiful and tragic love story.
Haasan, a school teacher, falls in love with Sridevi, an amnesic woman, who he rescues from a brothel.
But once she recovers, she has absolutely no memory of him, and the film ends on a tragic note with her deserting him.
The film won both Kamal (Best Actor) and Balu Mahendra (Best Cinematography) National Awards. Moondram Pirai was later remade in Hindi as Sadma.
Saagara Sangamam (Telugu-1983)
Directed by K Vishwanath, Saagara Sangamam highlights the struggles of an extremely talented dancer from a poor background, with a dream to participate in a high-level dance festival.
Haasan not only proved his acting prowess in the film but also demonstrated his exceptional dancing skills.
The film was dubbed in Tamil as Salangai Oli.
Haasan’s brilliant performance as Velu Naicker, a character based on the notorious Bombay underworld don Varadarajan Mudaliar, won him his third National Award and also received worldwide critical acclaim.
Directed by Mani Ratnam (who is married to his niece Suhasini), the film chronicles the don’s life from when he was a young child who witnesses his father’s death, to his rise as a powerful don who protects the interests of South Indians living in Mumbai.
There was a remarkable decline in the number of films in the 1990s, but Haasan’s popularity continued to grow.
There were several super hits like Michael Madana Kaama Rajan (1990), Thevar Magan ((1992), Avvai Shanmughi (1996), as well as critically acclaimed films like Guna (1991) and Mahaanadi (1994), which won the National Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil.
But the highlight of the decade was Haasan’s fourth National Award, which he received for his phenomenal performance in the film, Indian.
A hard-hitting film that brought to the fore the widespread corruption in the country, Indianwas directed by Shankar at a budget of Rs 15 crore.
Haasan effortlessly essayed two contradicting characters, one a crooked, RTO official and the other his father, a 70-year-old freedom fighter determined to end corruption in the country.
The film won three National Awards and went on to become one of the highest-grossing Tamil films of the time.
Hey Ram (2000)
The 2000s were mostly dominated by commercially-driven films. Barring a few, most became huge hits.
Films like Thenali (2000), Panchathantiram (2002), Vasool Raja MBBS (2004), Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu (2006) and Dasavathaaram (2008) ruled the box office during this period.
Sadly though, good films like Hey Ram (2000) and Anbe Sivam (2003) failed to set the cash registers ringing.
Written, directed and produced by Haasan, Hey Ram was a period drama set amidst the raging riots and chaos that prevailed in the country during Partition and the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.
Haasan essayed the role of Saket Ram, whose wife is brutally raped and killed during the hostility and vows revenge on Gandhi, who he believes was responsible for India’s partition.
The film had Shah Rukh Khan essaying a significant role.
Hey Ram won three National awards and was also chosen as India’s official entry to the Oscars for the year 2000.
The current decade seems relatively slower, there have been only two releases in the last four years, Manmadhan Ambu and Vishwaroopam.
Written, directed and co-produced by Haasan, Vishwaroopam was made at a whooping budget of over Rs 95 crore.
But despite being marred by controversies, Haasan had the last laugh, when his film grossed over Rs 300 crore, making him the only actor in South India with two films in the prestigious Rs 200-crore club (Dasaavathaaram was the first).
The huge success of Vishwaroopam prompted a sequel, which is expected to release early next year.
Also in the pipeline are Uttama Villain and Papanasam, the Tamil remake of the Malayalam blockbuster Drishyam.
Kruthika, who played Venkatesh’s onscreen daughter in ‘Drushyam’, is all set to prove her mettle as female lead in the upcoming Telugu flick ‘Vinavayya Ramayya’.
Critics have given thumbs up for Kruthika’s impressive performance as Venky’s elder daughter in the emotional thriller. The accolades she received helped her grab the eyeballs of Telugu filmmakers. With ‘Vinavayya Ramayya’, She dreams of making it big in TFI.
Another interesting element is the launch of Producer Krishna Reddy’s son Naga as hero with this romantic entertainer. Naga acted as Child Artiste in Venky’s family subject ‘Intlo Illalu Vantintlo Priyuralu’. Krishna Reddy himself produces his son’s launch pad. G Ram Prasad, a protege of Krishna Vamsi, is making his directorial debut. Music is by Anup Rubens and Cinematography in by Rasool Eloore.
Anukshanam Review – Story
Surya plays serial killer Sitaram, a deranged psycho who targets women, picks them in a cab and drags them back to his house in the middle of nowhere to stab them to death. Special officer Gautham (Vishnu Manchu) gets appointed for this special case. In a short span, killer strikes fear into people’s hearts. With the help of behavioral science specialist Shailaja (Revathi), Gautham gets closer to the killer. But Sitaram neverstop producing bodies all over the city, makes a major mistake when he captures Aasha (Madhu Shalini). Gautham fails to capture the serial killer and gets suspended from his duties. Will Serial Killer gets captured? Will Gautham succeed in the hunt forms the rest of the storyline.
The serial killer Surya has the right look but his approach to this character could have been much better. Vishnu Manchu delivers a better performance – it’s a bit more demanding, requiring both quirkiness and emotion. Revathi’s character may not be perfect, but she plays it very well. Shravan and Supreet are decent as colleagues to Vishnu Manchu. Tejaswi Madivada, Madhu Shalini over emotes on every possible occasion. Tejaswi’s relationship with the protagonist also never quite rings true. Even Samatha’s voice didn’t go well with Madhu Shalini’s character. Veteran actors Brahmanandam, Kota Srinivasa Rao are decent in their roles.
Anukshanam is an odd attempt at creating suspense – thriller, but ultimately fails for two reasons. The characters either are completely stupid or completely unrealistic at times. As real serial killers don’t play cat and mouse with profilers. The writers also drew inspirations from about 5 different serial killer movies [like The Lovely Bones (2012), Chained (2012), Fatal Vows: The Alexandra O’Hara Story (1994), American Psycho… etc] also turning this one into a flat and incoherent mess. The premise behind the film isn’t bad at all. Instead of witnessing cops and bystanders, they engage in heroics, how about a look at the pressures of a victim or behavioral specialist can go through. Unfortunately the writing is unbelievably melodramatic, cheesy and laughable. It just cannot be sustained for 100 minutes though. At around 20 – 25 minutes in the clichés, stupid characters, Incongruous murders, forced comedy and over dramatic dialogues completely take over. By the end you feel like you are watching completely different movie. Ram Gopal Varma tries to showcase hisresearch on Psycho serial killers, and provide us possible indications about them (Extreme anti-social, Tendency towards to Voyeurism, Dominance from early age, Killing Animals, No remorse or regrets). Director also refers to top serial killers like Ed Amos, Gary Ridgeway, Randy Woodfield, Ted Bundy and also our very own Auto Shankar, even their reference fails to create the much needed interest over the scenes. There are zero adrenaline moments. The amount of focus on Serial killer made me think this would turn out to be something out of the box. But it was below expectation, even with all the flair. The idea is great, but the script and the direction by RGV make Anukshanam an extremely boring watch. When it comes to serial killer movies, the key is to thrill the audience with the twists around as serial killers are hard to catch when they are relishing their victims.
Yet another uninspiring element in the film is its dialogues. Right from the obvious “Sachin ki Cricket ante istam, Naku champadam ante istam”, to the melodramatic “Champedi Dabbula kosam kadhu, Anandam kosam”, the dialogues literally show the laxity with which the film gets handled. The music is by-the-books, and the cinematography is also competent. Technically, it doesn’t strive for much, but it doesn’t have many flaws, either. Production values of 24 Frames Factory is fine.
RGV makes these low budget clunkers probably because he continuously finds both producers and desperate out-of-work actors willing to offer their services for a modicum. Logic, movie aesthetic or entertainment value has nothing to do with his enterprise. Coming to Anukshanam, it’s a slow-moving “suspense thriller” which at times seems to have more in common with a typical investigation movie than a serial killer mystery. I hope there’s a better edit of this film somewhere as the current version makes little sense, seems to have scenes missing and rushes to an unsatisfactory ending. Anukshanam can only be enjoyed by people who have spent the last decade in caves and missed out on the many better films that clearly inspired it. On the whole, Anukshanam does manage to deliver an irie atmosphere but unfortunately doesn’t deliver on the rest.
The only silver lining, it is infinitely better than RGV’s Ice Cream.
Cast: Raviteja , Hansika , Regina and Others
Directed by : K.S. Ravindra
Produced by : Rockline Venkatesh
Banner :Rockline Entertainments
Music by : SS Thaman
Release Date : 2014-09-12
Mass Maharaja Raviteja is back with Power after putting an end to his miserable run with Balupu. The writer of Balupu, Ravindra turned director with this film. This is yet another mass entertainer from Raviteja, who owns this film with ‘Power’ packed performance.
What is it about?
Baladev Sahay (Raviteja) is a corrupt police officer, who dies in the mission of saving a criminal. Tirupathi (Raviteja) who looks exactly like Baladev dreams of becoming a police. Home Minister of West Bengal (Mukesh Rushi) gets shocked by seeing Tirupathi who exactly looks like Baladev. He calls upon Tirupathi and appoints him as ACP. What Tirupathi does as ACP forms rest of the story.
This character(s) is tailor made for Raviteja. He steals the show in every frame he is in. He looked younger than his previous films and it is an absolute treat to watch him in the role of Tirupathi. His dance moves in Notanki song are very good.
Hansika and Regina:
Hansika is good in an entertaining role. Her character doesn’t have much scope in the second half, but did well within her limitations. Regina is a very good actress and she is impressive in her brief role.
Mukesh Rushi, Sampath and other villains did routine characters. Kota is good in the supporting role. Brahmanandam and Saptagiri’s comedy is good in parts.
Director Ravindra knows how to deal with a commercial film. He throws in good twists at the right intervals and keeps the audience interested in spite of an age old story. He knows the pulse of the common Telugu audience. He serves them what they look for in a Raviteja’s film.
Thaman’s music is good. Devuda Devuda, Badmash Pori, Notanki songs are good and will click with the masses. Background score is alright.
Cinematography is very good. The film looks grand in every frame. Editing could have been crispier in the second half. Production values are superb.
Raviteja’s energetic performance
Overdose of sentiment in the second half
Power is a standard Raviteja film that plays for the galleries. Director didn’t care about the logics and loose ends in the film. He simply banked upon the capabilities of Raviteja and presented him in a pleasing way. First half will entertain people who look for lighter moments and second half has powerful action scenes for the masses.
Power is a package of all the commercial elements and has some good songs to fall back on when the pace gets sluggish. Raviteja shoulders the film right from the start to end with his flawless performance. There are some dull moments and too routine happenings that hamper the flow of the film. But Director Ravindra throws in an occasional twist or a hero elevation scene to put things back on track.
Power is a film that is made for audience who doesn’t mind to watch the routine masala fare. It is old wine in a new bottle. In other words, it is a cocktail of various Telugu movies. You may watch it for time pass. Power will rule the box office until Aagadu arrives and the later run of the film will depend upon the box office performance of this season’s biggest release.
One of the most awaited Bollywood films of the year Mary Kom, which features Priyanka Chopra in the lead, is said to have garnered collections of over Rs 8 crore on its opening day.
“The film has made Rs 8 crore plus on its opening day,” a source from the movie’s co-producers Viacom18 Motion Pictures, told IANS. (Also Read: Mary Kom Review)
Mary Kom, a biopic on the five-time boxing champion M C Mary Kom’s life, is directed by first time director Omung Kumar and co-produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
The makers are happy with the response to the film which released across 1,800 screens in the country on September 5. The release was preceded by a world premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival.
“Mary Kom has delivered a strong opening day and set a new first day benchmark for heroine-centric films. The word of mouth is positive and Priyanka’s standout performance has touched a chord with audiences across sections,” Ajit Andhare, chief operating officer, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, said in a statement.
They are confident that the film will do well.
“The film is further set for a strong weekend,” Ajit added.
A story of a strong willed Manipur-based girl, who faced all odds to pursue her passion and who continued to follow her love for boxing even after becoming a wife and a mother of two, Mary Kom released in 1,800 screens in the country.
The team, which went all out to promote the film aggressively, was elated when it was declared tax free in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Assam. Trade analyst Komal Nahta has deduced that Mary Kom is a box office champion.
“It may have started slow but fantastic word of mouth will see collections soaring and the film proving to be a hit at the box office,” he posted onTwitter.
The film, as well as Priyanka’s performance as Mary Kom, has won her praise from all quarters, while newcomer Darshan Kumar has received applause for essaying the lead character’s husband, who turns out to be a huge support system in letting his wife live her dream.
Former police officer Kiran Bedi saw the movie on September 5 and was bowled over by it.
She took to Twitter to praise the film, and posted: “Could not have been a better day for release of Mary Kom film. Most Inspirational and well-made film seen in the recent past. Must see for all. ”
Jr NTR is often seen as a star who is reticent to media and no doubt, when he speaks, he speaks like an erupting volcano. But his actor-friend Sudeep (of Eega fame) tells a different and unknown features about Simhadri star.
In an interview to an English daily, Sudeep revealed his bonding with Jr NTR and their friendship. According to Sudeep, Jr NTR is ” very child-like”. Sudeep adds, “If he (NTR) likes anyone, he gets talkative with them. Else, he (NTR) pose a stern look.”
Sudeep didn’t stop there. Sudeep veer into personal life of Jr NTR as well. Sudeep said he is admired by the way NTR has come up in his life despite going through a lot of struggles. Sudeep calls Jr NTR’s mother a wonderful person and says that her blessings will safeguard NTR wherever he is. That’s not all. Besides NTR, other friends of Sudeep in Tollywood are Ravi Teja, Nani and Tarun. Of course, Sudeep is all praise for Ram Gopal Varma and Rajamouli.
As buzzed, Jana Sena President Pawan Kalyan will be undertaking a whirlwind tour to promote BJP and its Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi from Tuesday in Telangana. Both Jana Sena Party and BJP have confirmed the tour and revealed the tour schedule.
Representatives of Modi along with AP BJP and T-BJP leaders have met Pawan Today at his Jana Sena office and finalized the move. After getting assurance from BJP that Modi will serve people and take care of their welfare properly, Pawan decided to campaign for them. He will participate in election campaigns in Karnataka state in places like Kolar, Raichur and Gulbarga where there is huge density of Telugu population. Pawan’s dynamic team is said to be making arrangements, says Jana Sena team, confirming the actor’s tour.
Although, Pawan campaigning for BJP, in a while it helps Telugu Desam Party too. We hear that already few TDP leaders in Telangana requested Pawan to campaign for them and reportedly Pawan is contemplating to back them.
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The much-awaited Telugu flick ‘Race Gurram’ that marks the hit combo of Allu Arjun and Surender Reddy has been released on last Friday across number of screens world wide creating a record. Along with India, the film got massive release across overseas as well. Glamorous ladies Sruthi Hassan and Saloni are the heroines. The movie has collected around 22.24 Cr in its 1st week collection. SS.Thamman is the music director. Nallamalapu Srinivas (Bujji) and Dr. Venkateswara Rao are producing this movie. Kick fame director Surender Reddy is handling the direction cap.
Nizam – 5.60 Cr
Ceded – 3.05 Cr
Vizag – 1.50 Cr
Guntur – 1.61 Cr
West – 87 Lakh
East -97 Lakh
Krishna – 97 lakh
Nellore – 77 Lakh
Race Gurram 1st weekend AP Collections 15.34 crore
Karnataka- 2.5 cr
ROI- 60 Lakh
Overseas – 3.8 cr(share)
Race Gurram 1st weekend Worldwide Collections 22.24 crore