March 22, 2015
Call it a promotional stunt or a friendly gesture to cash in on an actor's popularity. Southern stars like Suriya, Dhanush, Ravi Teja and Vishal Krishna Reddy, despite their busy schedules, have taken out time to play cameos in a range of upcoming films.
Suriya, who is busy wrapping up Tamil horror-comedy "Masss", is playing a cameo in his home production "Haiku", a children's film, along with popular actress Amala Paul.
Director Pandiraj said Suriya jumped at the opportunity to work with children.
"I casually asked Suriya sir whether he'd like to be part of the project. I had written a small role and he was excited to be part of the film, more so because it's a children's film. We've already started shooting it," Pandiraj told IANS.
Actor Dhanush has played a brief role in his wife Aishwarya R. Dhanush's upcoming Tamil directorial "Vai Raja Vai".
According to insiders, Dhanush has reprised his role of Kokki Kumar from 2006 Tamil gangster drama "Pudhupettai" in the movie.
In upcoming Kannada film "Vajrakaya", popular southern stars such as Ravi Teja, Sivakarthikeyan, Ravichandran and Dileep matched steps with superstar Shivarajkumar for a special song.
Director Harsha says the song will be one of the major highlights of the film.
"Audiences expect something different from each film. We came up with this idea to surprise the fans of all the stars. It also shows the bond between the actors, irrespective of the language barrier. I'm certain audiences are going to love this track," Harsha told IANS.
Harsha has also managed to rope in Dhanush to croon a song in his film.
"He's such a talented singer as well. It didn't take him much time to get the Kannada lines right," Harsha said.
Actor Vishal has played a cameo role in upcoming Tamil comedy "Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga". It is for the sake of friendship, Vishal took up the role in the film, which features his best friend Arya in the lead.
Arya, on the other hand, has featured in a cameo in his best friend Vishnu Vishal's upcoming Tamil release "Indru Netru Naalai".
A leading producer avers that star cameos can draw audiences in large number to cinemas.
"It's a simple tactic to bring audiences to the cinemas. If their favourite star is playing a five-minute cameo, fans usually tend to go crazy. It's slowly becoming a trend. Popular stars are willing to chip in with brief performances even for free for some of their friends," the producer told IANS.
Veteran actor-turned-politician Vijayakanth, who bid adieu to acting a while ago, has played an important role in his son Shanmuga Pandian's debut film "Sagaptham".
Another popular Tamil star Silambarasan aka Simbu was roped in to croon a song in "Sagaptham", which is slated for release on April 2.
Telugu actor Allu Arjun, who enjoys a large fan base, is making his Hindi debut in upcoming dance film "ABCD 2".
"Arjun will be playing Aryan Chauhan. It's a guest role where he'll showcase his dance moves. It was at the behest of choreographer-director Prabhudeva that he agreed to be part of the film. He has already shot his portion," a source close to the actor told IANS.
So, get set to see the stars in cameos!
March 21, 2015
Veteran poet and film personality Yusufali Kechery passed away at a private hospital here on Saturday evening, said family sources. He was 80.
Since the beginning of this year, Kechery's health was deteriorating and was in the hospital for long.
A poet of the modern era, he had won several awards for his poetry which include the Odakkuzhal, Kerala Sahitya Academy and Vallathol awards.
He also wrote film lyrics, produced and also directed Malayalam films. A multifaceted personality, he began his career as a lawyer and also did freelance writing.
Beginning his film career in the early 1970s, he wore several hats - of that of a producer, lyricist and also director.
Winner of numerous film awards, he also won a National Award for a Sanskrit song written for the Malayalam film "Mazha" (Rain) released in 2000.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy described Kechery's death as a loss for the state.
March 21, 2015
A unique initiative enabling participants to pitch their ideas, stories and concepts to various organisations shall be introduced at the upcoming FICCI Frames 2015, the three-day global media and entertainment convention starting here March 25, an official said here Saturday.
'Frame Ur Idea' is being introduced first time at FICCI Frames to provide those aspiring creative professionals to showcase their ideas to the industry, which in turn is on the lookout for that 'next big idea, story, script', according to Ashish Kulkarni, FICCI's Chairman, Animation, Gaming, Visual Effects and Gaming.
"'Frame Ur Idea' will support ideas for almost all mediums possible, be it feature films, documentaries , kids programming, animation, gaming, television series, daily soaps, comics, reality shows and digital content," Kulkarni said.
With this, it hopes to create an environment for structure face-to-face interaction between the content producer/broadcaster and the idea owners in a win-win situation for both, he pointed out.
The initiative is being partnered by Reliance Games, said its CEO Manish Agarwal.
'Frame Ur Idea' will feature a Game Hack Special on March 25 to offer a platform for highly talented and fast exploding indie mobile game developer ecosystem in India to showcase their ideas to prospective investors, publishers and App Store merchandisers.
In the past one year, it has travelled to six cities in India and the quality of ideas and audience response has been very positive, said Kulkarni.
"Reliance Games is happy to partner with FICCI-Frame Ur Idea and present the winners of Game Hack from the six cities to the entire media industry at FICCI FRAMES and showcase the 'Make In India' talent in mobile gaming, a fastest growing entertainment category touching more people than TV or cinema," Agarwal noted.
FICCI Frames 2015 will attract nearly 2,000 Indian and 800 foreign delegates, encompassing the entire universe of media and entertainment.
Participating content producers/broadcaster/publisher for 'Frame Ur Idea' would be provided separate rooms at the venue to observe the ideas presented to them during the three days, starting with Films Category on March 25, Animation/Gaming/Kids Programming on March 26 and TV/Documentaries on March 27.
Some of the participating panelists include (Films Category) Disney India Studios, ROMP Pictures, Dharma Productions, Excel Entertainment, Sikhya Entertainment, Phantom Films, CFSI, Cartoon Network, Pogo, Nickelodeon, Sonic, Disney Kids, ZeeQ, Discovery Kids, Screenyug, Gaming, Reliance Games, Nazare (Animation and Kids Programming), and Star Plus, Zee TV, Life OK, Channel V (TV/Documentaries Category).
March 21, 2015
An established name in the southern film world, Tamannaah Bhatia, who has had a tryst with Bollywood too, has now forayed into jewellery designing to take her father's legacy ahead.
She has launched her own jewellery line under a brand called called White and Gold.
"I'm very happy that I'm going to bring out (jewellery) for my fans, who enjoy the element of style in me in my films," Tamannaah told IANS on the sidelines of Lakme Fashion Week summer-resort 2015 (LFW) here.
Asked what pulled her into the jewellery designing business, she said: "My father has been in the jewellery business for many years and I have always watched him and spent time with him.
"I always feel that lucky are those pople who get a chance to take their passion as profession and turn into something more. I was lucky twice, I got that first with acting and I am doing it again now with jewellery."
However, the actress chose not to reveal the other details of her new creative pursuit. She said she will unveil it all at an official press launch soon.
Tamannaah, who seemed to be loving the buzz at the fashion week, also said she likes the "craziness" in her life.
"I like the hustle bustle and crazy things. I realise that slowing down is not my kind of taste. I like to go on fast pace and do whatever I can... that's the reason why I can manage to do so many things at one go -- whether it is Kollywood, Bollywood or now jewellery designing," she told IANS.
The actress was here to walk the LFW ramp for designer Payal Singhal, who has completed 15 years in the fashion industry.
The designer showcased a collection titled 'Palace of Mirrors', inspired by the Sheesh Mahal in Rajasthan's Amer Fort.
Giving her creative and modern interpretation of the intricate patterns and fine detailed mirror mosaic work from the walls of the palace, Singhal translated it effortlessly and beautifully on her creations.
She used fabrics like dupion silk, cotton, mul, tulle and silk organza for the quirky retro floral and geometric prints on creations like churidar-skirt, low crotch pants worn, mosaic mirror work choli, embroidered sharara pants, off-shoulder choli and lehenga.
Tamannaah flaunted a dupion silk choli, lehenga with zardozi and leather applique, and net dupatta. She appreciated the designer, and said that she finally understand what style truly is.
"I was working down south and when I came to Bollywood, it really took me long to understand that what kind of clothes I actually like to work and what kinds of clothes suit me. Slowly, I started venturing out and today after wearing her (Payal Singhal's) design, I know what style is.
"She knows how to bring that poise and grace in a woman without going overboard, and that's how I love to dress myself," said the actress.
Pointing out one aspect of Singhal's designing capability, she said: "Every actress wants to accentuate her best part, and garments sometimes overshadow that. But Payal outfit only brings out what the actual person is like."
So is there anyone in Bollywood whom she really appreciates for style?
Naming "Queen" famed Kangana Ranaut, Tamannaah said: "I love her transformation and I get inspired by that."
March 21, 2015
Songstress Harshdeep Kaur has made her best friend Mankeet Singh her companion for life by marrying him in a hush-hush ceremony.
The “Kabira” singer took to social networking site Facebook to share the news.
“Got married to my Best Friend Mankeet Singh yesterday... Need your blessings,” read a post on her Facebook page on Saturday.
Other details of the matrimonial alliance, which took place on Friday, are still not known.
The 28-year-old also posted a photograph of herself along with the groom in the midst of the traditional Sikh wedding ceremony.
Harshdeep is seen as a ravishing bride in a light pink ensemble and tasteful jewellery, while her husband exudes elegance in a simple white sherwani.
The singer is also known for crooning "Katiya karoon" from "Rockstar” and "Heer" from "Jab Tak Hai Jaan".
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