Monday, March 17, 2008

Aamir khan gets Gollapudi Srinivas National award

Riding high on critic's rating and many an honour, Bollywood actor and debutant Director Aamir Khan's moving tale of a dyslexic boy, 'Taare Zameen Par', has won the prestigious Gollapudi Srinivas National award this year.

Announcing the decision to honour Bollywood star-film maker for having made a sensitive film, another living legend of Indian cinema and jury member Kamal Hassan, and jury Chairman and veteran Director Singeetham Srinivasa Rao said 'Taare' was chosen from a final list of 19 films, out of 35 submitted for the award.

Well-known Telugu writer-turned-actor Gollapudi Maruti Rao had formed the Gollapudi Srinivas Memorial Trust in 1997 to perpetuate the memory of his second film Director-son Srinivas, who died in a freak accident while returning from a film shoot in Visakhapatnam in 1992.

Heaping accolades on Aamir for his impressive debut as a Director, Kamal said ''with his star status, Aamir could have made it like any other box office cliche, but 'Taare' doesn't fall into this category.'' Mr Srinivasa Rao and Mr Maruti Rao said ''Taare was chosen for the honour as Aamir has created an impeccable image and the right mood for a very sensitive subject within the commercial format and translated it brilliantly onto celluloid.'' Mr Srinivasa Rao said ''Taare also doesn't fall into a cliched art film category'' as Indian cinema has been seeing for some time.

The award would be presented on August 17, the birth anniversary of his late son, Mr Maruti Rao said, adding that it was for the first time that a Hindi film had been given this award.

Bhumika in another triller

Srinivas Kumar, who earlier worked in the direction team of Kodi Ramakrishna, is making debut as director. Srikanth and Bhoomika will play lead in the film. Noted Nizam distributor Prasanth will produce the film on Jayalaxmi talkies banner. The thriller, which has a novel story line, is immediately agreed by Srikanth and Bhoomika without any second thoughts is what we hear. Regular shooting of the film will start from May. Chakri will compose music for the film.

AR Rehman released somberi audio
Music of Sombheri, starring Ali, is tonight released at Taj Residency, Hyderabad. World famous music director AR Rehman arrived at the venue as the chief guest and released the music, presenting the numbers to music directors Koti, Manisharma, Mano (debut music director with Sombheri), Devi Sri Prasad. Madhura Entertainments is marketing the album. Jonnavittulua Ramalingeswara Rao, lyricist turned director, is the captain of the film. Speakers on the dais unanimously felt that AR Rehman made India proud with his music, felt worldwide. Murali Mohan and Paruchuri Gopalakrishna were also present. AR Rehman said: "When I first started my recording studio, I composed music for the first time to the tune of Mano. Earlier, the music directors with whom I had worked couldn't understand my tunes. It was Koti, who recognized the talent in me. I will never forget my association with Koti and all other music directors here. I always cherished special relationship with Mano. I wish the team of Sombheri a grand success." Mano rendered a song from the album much to the amusement of the gathering. Producer Venkatrao thanked Rahman and other prominent music directors for gracing the occasion. Director Jonnavittula said: "Sombheri is about the exploits of a lazy fellow in the film. While he remains lazy in the first half, he remains so energetic in the second half and gets into the topnotch position. The highlight of the film is that it was extensively shot in Srikakulam, Muvva and Koochipudi, which represent the 2000 years of Telugu culture, and which fact is lesser known to the Telugus themselves even this day. A special sequence was shot in Dubai with all relevance to the sufferings of those who reach out there in search of livelihood only to end up in starvation under hot sun with scorching temperatures running up to 53 degrees Celsius." Hero Ali said: "AR Rehman's music is like a ripened fruit which is tasted by a squirrel or parrot. I did taste such a fruit in my life. I am lucky to have AR Rehman here to launch the audio of my film. I can never forget the patronage I received from directors Koti, Manisharma, Devi Sri Prasad and director Jonnavittula. I am sure; this film will give extraordinary entertainment to one and all."

Manjula to produce Mahesh babu next movie

Film maker Manjula will be producing brother Mahesh Babu’s upcoming film, in collaboration with financier Singanamala Ramesh. This news comes in contradiction to the deal that production house UTV has with the star. According to a deal made by Mahesh Babu the young star is still under contract to work in a UTV production that was initially to be co produced by Manjula. But with Manjula now joining hands with S. Ramesh we will have to just wait and watch as to who will make the final cut. The film will be directed by Trivikram Srinivas.

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