Robot 2.0 First Look Posters starring Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar

Check out Robot 2.0 First Look Posters starring Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar and directed by Shankar.


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I (2015) End Credits – Touching and Inspiring

The end credits is a film in itself. infact a far superior “film” than the actual film.

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#i, #shankar, #vikram

Mini Review: I has moments of absolute brilliance but….


I have always been a big admirer of Shankar’s films. It is not his scale and never his vfx that interest me. Mostly they are plagiarized even though he is himself a very creative mind. It is the emotional connect that he builds with the audience and the statement he gives in every subject he takes up.

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Motion Poster of Shankar’s I starring Vikram

Check out Motion Poster of Shankar’s I starring Vikram. Music is by A.R. Rahman.

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SOTD: Kadhalikum Pennin – Kadhalan

For a change check out the hit Tamil song Kadhalikum Pennin on Udit Narayan’s birthday.
Singers: Udit Narayan, S. P. Balasubramanyam, S. P. Pallavi, Music by A.R. Rahman

Also check out the Telugu and Hindi versions. The lyrics did not just translate well to the Hindi version.

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#a-r-rahman, #kadhalan, #kadhalikum-pennin, #nagma, #pallavi, #prabhu-deva, #s-p-balasubrahmanyam, #s-p-pallavi, #shankar, #song-of-the-day, #udit-narayan

Vikram Interview With Komal Nahta

#aparichit, #bejoy-nambiar, #david, #interviews, #komal-nahta, #mani-ratnam, #raavan, #shankar, #vikram

Scene of the Week: Hindustani

Check out this excellent scene from the movie Hindustani.

A couple more scenes from the movie.

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#hindustani, #kamal-haasan, #manisha-koirala, #scene-of-the-week, #shankar, #urmila

EXCLUSIVE: First look poster of Shankar’s ” I “

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Blast from the Past: Shankar’s Interview before release of Nayak

Check out this Filmfare August 2001 Interview of Shankar where he talks about offering Nayak to Aamir and Shah Rukh, working with Anil Kapoor and Kamal Haasan, his “obsession” Aishwarya Rai, Ram Gopal Varma’s obsession with heroines and comparisons with David Dhawan.

He’s India’s highest paid director. His fee is whispered to be a whopping Rs 5-crore plus. But look at the man in the khaki chinos with a conservative checked shirt… sitting in the plushest suite at a five-star hotel in Mumbai and you’ll never guess that his stock on the Indian film market is worth a lot more than that of apna Subhash Ghai, avid Dhawan or Aditya Chopra. Fact is he’s the only Indian director so far who has actually been offered a movie by a bigwig Hollywood Studio.

Shankar who makes his debut in Hindi films this August is the man who has directed five Tamil mega hits–Gentleman, Kadalan, Jeans (the original grossed crores) Indian and Mudalvan.

Nayak, his first offering in Hindi, is the remake of Mudalvan. The film deals with the hard-hitting subject of the corruption prevalent in our system… and it has a cast headed by the current garma-garam jodi Anil Kapoor and Rani Mukherjee.

The principal photography has been completed. Yet the director doesn’t have a moment to spare. Between editing, mixing and what-have-you, we snatch a half hour for a quick sawaal-jawaab session on this crorepati’s journey from Chennai to Mumbai where the stakes are higher and the competition’s tougher.

Is it the thought of more money and fame that made you take the leap from Tamil to Hindi?
It was the subject of Mudalvan itself which actually prompted me to remake it in Hindi. As you may be aware, Mudalvan deals with one man’s fight against the red-tapism in our administration. I’m sure every Indian can identify with the subject. It deals with the apathy of the administration towards basic issues like human rights. All my films–Gentleman, Kadalan or Indian–have either been remade in Hindi or dubbed. But the remakes haven’t always had the same impact as the original. But yes, my films did find a market in Hindi.

In the past, I didn’t have a say in this matter because most of the films were produced by others. Mudalvan was my own production. Encouraged by its success in Tamil and Telugu, I decided against getting it dubbed. I felt I could make this film in Hindi with some alterations.

Aamir Khan and I had a huge communication gap… so I quickly moved on

Didn’t you first approach Aamir Khan to play the lead?
I did meet Aamir Khan for a narration. But the two of us faced a huge communication gap. His views about Mudalvan didn’t match mine, so I quickly moved on.

Next you approached Shah Rukh Khan.
Yes, that’s right. Shah Rukh was more receptive than Aamir but he begged off saying that since he had played a television reporter in his own home production Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani which had just been released, he wasn’t keen on taking on a similar role at such a short interval. I couldn’t afford to wait…so I moved on again.

Was Anil Kapoor your next choice?
Honestly, I was in a dilemma about who to cast. Just then Boney Kapoor sent a feeler, Anil would be happy to work with me in Mudalvan. I’d heard that Anil was one of the most disciplined actors in the Hindi industry and so I decided to sign him on. My gamble has paid off. Anil Kapoor has completed my film in record time… and he showed a level of discipline which I thought was there only down South.

Why did you opt for Rani Mukherjee instead of Manisha Koirala who was in the original?
Rani Mukherjee has the bubbly image I needed for the character. Manisha is a good actress but she has been around in Hindi cinema for a decade now. In the Tamil version we could get away with casting Manisha because she isn’t all that exposed in the South. For Hindi I definitely needed someone like Rani Mukherjee or Preity Zinta.

I’m not obsessed with Aishwarya Rai. I certainly didn’t name my daughter after her

Why not Aishwarya Rai who’s your favourite?
Too much is being made of my obsession for Aishwarya Rai. I did enjoy working with her in Jeans. It’s also true that she was my first choice for Indian and Mudalvan… but she couldn’t manage the required dates. But I’m certainly not obsessed with Aishwarya Rai. I read an item somewhere which said I’d named my daughter Aishwarya because of my liking for Ms World–Aishwarya Rai. That’s not true. My daughter was born long before the actress Aishwarya came into my movies.

Ram Gopal Varma says it’s important for a movie-maker to be obsessed with his heroine to get better results. Comment.
(Laughs uproariously) This is a new one. But that must be Ram Gopal Varma’s logic. I get passionately involved with my movies, not my heroines.

Mani Ratnam failed in his debut in Hindi with Dil Se, did you have second thoughts about making your own debut in Mumbai?
Call me a freak, but the truth is that I loved Dil Se. I even called Mani Ratnam after a preview and praised him sky- high. Dil Se may have bombed at the box office but it remains my personal favourite. I don’t think Dil Se failed because Mani Ratnam was handicapped by the language factor. There were other reasons for it’s debacle. Incidentally, my wife Eashwari has been brought up in Delhi. I’m not fluent with the language but I can pass muster. Cinema is not only about language… it’s about sensibilities.

Kamal Haasan was heard saying that you’re the David Dhawan of Tamil cinema.
I don’t understand that remark. I can’t believe Kamal Haasan made this statement. I’ve just seen bits of a David Dhawan movie. I know he’s a very successful director in Hindi.

I’ve just seen bits of a David Dhawan movie. I know he’s a very successful director but I don’t belong to his category

David Dhawan makes laugh-a-minute films with regressive jokes.
Oh is that so? I definitely don’t belong to the David Dhawan category then. Each of my films has dealt with a definite theme. Gentleman tackled corruption in the education system, Kadalan exposed the nexus between politicians and anti-social characters and Indian said bribery should be abolished. So one can hardly say my films are flip… and only aim at making money. I’ve made it a point to package a message with a lot of gloss, naach gaana as the North Indians would say. My films may not be as realistic as documentaries but they most certainly can’t be dismissed as trash.

Are you directing Hrithik Roshan next?
Who started these rumours of my being signed by producer Sajid Nadiadwala to direct Hrithik Roshan? I’ve not even met Sajid or Hrithik. Right now I’m on tenterhooks about the release of Nayak…after which I plan to start Robot, a science fiction film in Tamil and Hindi with Kamal Haasan and Preity Zinta.

Kamal Haasan and Anil Kapoor have the reputation of proxy-directing their movies. Have you experience any interference from either of them?
Both Kamal and Anil have an extensive knowledge of the medium. I didn’t have any trouble with these two actors because I gave them a detailed narration on day one…so when they came to my sets, they were aware that I knew my job.

It’s said that you’re a man of very few words.
Yes, I’m extremely shy. I’m often misunderstood because of this. When I started making films I was so young that I didn’t even have a proper moustache. I was afraid that when I went to narrate a subject, the actors wouldn’t take me seriously, so I put on this stern image. Six years down the line the image has stayed.

Are you the same at home too?
On the contrary, my wife has a hard time getting me to keep quiet. I’m constantly kicking up a row. I thoroughly enjoy spending time with my daughters.


Their films
Godard’s Breathless
Akiro Kurusawa’s The Red Beard, The Seven Samurai
Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, The Lost World

Our films
V.Shantaram’s Do Ankhen Bara Haath
Raj Kapoor’s Jagte Raho
Mani Ratnam’s Nayakan, Roja

Their actors
Charlie Chaplin
Jack Nicholson
Jim Carrey

Our actors
Amitabh Bachchan
Kamal Haasan

Their actresses
Audrey Hepburn
Julia Roberts
Demi Moore

Our actresses
Madhuri Dixit

Source : Filmfare August 2001

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My random thoughts on Hrithik Roshan – FS

Once while I was watching a Music Channel I came across a blissful disco reggae groove in the simply deliriously fabulous ‘ aye mere dil to gaaye jaa, ye aye ya o aaye yaa” I knew The Megastar is born. His full name is Hrithik Nagrath Roshan normally termed or referred with various adjectives such as India’s Greek God, Perfectionist, Best Dancer, Charming and Electrifying described as most “Complete Actor”. Today he is the only Superstar who can compete with trio Khan’s of the Hindi Film industry. India’s first Super hero, Named as Ultimate Style Icon by Yahoo India Survey he has definitely changed the style quotient of today’s youth.

With the looks that could kill, Physique to die for he is one of the most Charismatic actor of our times. His hairstyle, his wardrobe, his chiseled face, sun kissed complexion, height is a pleasant change from the rest, his body is definitely the most natural of the lot. With his 6-pack abs he’s blessed with those great genes we all crave. Or perhaps it’s his dance moves that keep him on the ball.

He started the trend of cropped suit, thick framed spectacles, scarfs and sport jackets with a manly confidence which is unpretentious able to handle any situation that may come his way is an inspiration to today’s youth, an idol to many and an example to most. Children love him, Women die for him and People adore him – that’s Hrithik for you. While unveiling his was statue he said “I was stunned when I saw my wax figure” that says it all. He is no fewer perfectionists than Aamir Khan, that’s what Subhash Ghai had to say about him “He takes interest in each department of filmmaking and keeps inspiring his directors all the time. Hrithik is electricity in front of the camera and puts in lot of dedication in his work. I love him for that and wish him greater success in future too”.

“Hrithik Roshan has been a big inspiration” – Karan Pangali is that 24 year old choreographer/performer from London, who last year shocked everybody with an outstanding audition for the reality show Just Dance. He also supported Anna H

azare and his movement against anti-corruption, this what he said – “I support Anna Hazare, It’s TIME to make a CHANGE” which can only inspire and motivate the youths to follow his footsteps for a good cause.

His filmography had ups and downs with some of the biggest blockbusters to few disasters but right now one can only say he has amazing future projects lined up that can only enthrall the audience with his awesome looks, daredevil acts and dance moves in Krhish 3 and mind-blowing performance in Shankar’s next

#aamir-khan, #hrithik-roshan, #kaho-naa-pyaar-hai, #krrish-3, #shankar, #subhash-ghai

Breaking News: Hrithik Roshan in Shankar’s Next

Amul Mohan of Supercinema Trade Magazine tweeted the following news.

“Hrithik Roshan has been signed by Shankar for his next Hindi venture. Movie to go on floors immediately after Hrithik finishes Krissh3.”

“Salman Khan has apparently put Sooraj Barjatya’s BADE BHAIYA on his top priority list.”

“Ranbir has put Anurag Kayshap’s Bombay Velvet on the back burner. He’s starting a new movie in October tho. Its titled Besharam”

“Besharam is going to be directed by Anurag’s own brother Abhinav. Parineeti Chopra is going to be opposite Ranbir in the movie.”

“Boney Kapoor has picked up the remaking rights of Mahesh Babu’s Telugu blockbuster from last year DOOKUDU. Will make it with Eros.”

“Eros International has picked up the world rights of Ram Gopal Varma’s next two movies SARKAR 3 and 26/11 for a mental price.”


#abhinav-kashyap, #amul-mohan, #anurag-kashyap, #bade-bhaiya, #besharam, #bombay-velvet, #dookudu, #hrithik-roshan, #mahesh-babu, #parineeti-chopra, #ram-gopal-varma, #salman-khan, #sarkar-3, #shankar, #sooraj-barjatya

Preity Zinta & Kamal Haasan’s photoshoot for Robo(Enthiran) – done in 1998

These are the Photo Shoot Stills that where made first with Kamal Haasan and Preity Zinta in 1998 for the movie ‘Robo’. Later the project was put on hold for technical reasons. Later in 2010, the same film was started with Rajnikanth and Aishwarya Rai in the lead as ‘Enthiran – the Robot’.

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Katrina Kaif for Kamal Haasan?

?width=300&resizemode=4″ alt=”Katrina Kaif for Kamal Haasan?” width=”300″ height=”200″ border=”0″ vspace=”0″ /> The actress is likely to be part of the project that will mark the return of the hit Shankar-ARR-Kamal trio

Even as Katrina Kaif is supposedly getting ready to shoot with Rajinikanth in “Kochadaiyaan”, it looks like the ” Chikni Chameli” actress may also land a role opposite Kamal Haasan. The latest buzz is that Katrina is being roped in for Aascar Ravichandran’s magnum opus. His forthcoming venture with Kamal Haasan is said to be a film with the highest-budget ever in Kollywood and will reportedly be made on a large scale in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam simultaneously. So will Katrina choose both projects or pick one over the other is the big question.

A source reveals, “After finishing work on his dream project “Viswaroopam”, Kamal is all set to do a film for Ravichandran titled “Thalaivan Irukkindran”. While Kamal, Prabhas and Mohanlal will star in the Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam versions respectively, Hollywood superstar Jackie Chan will also be seen in an important role in this flick. Talks are on with a big Bollywood actress, supposedly Katrina, and if things work out, the film may be made in Hindi simultaneously as well.”

The source further adds, “The makers are keen on getting director Shankar to direct this magnum opus. It looks like talks are on with AR Rahman as well to score the music for this larger-than-life movie.”

Shankar has directed Kamal earlier in his “Indian”, which set the BO on fire. The two were supposed to work again in ” Endhiran”, but due to unavoidable reasons, the combination didn’t work out. Shankar finally made the film with Rajini and the rest is history. But now, looks like the hit combo of Shankar-Kamal-ARR is all set to rock the screen again! And if Katrina joins this team, we are sure to see some fireworks on screen.


#kamal-haasan, #katrina-kaif, #rajinikanth, #shankar

SOTD : Chikku Bukku Raile – Gentleman

For a change I am posting this Tamil song today. Its from Shankar’s debut movie Gentleman which was remade in Hindi as The Gentleman starring Chiranjeevi and was directed by Mahesh Bhatt. This song made Prabhu Deva a craze.
Singers: Suresh Peters, G. V. Prakash, Music by A.R. Rahman

#a-r-rahman, #chikku-bukku-raile, #gentleman, #shankar, #song-of-the-day