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Saturday, January 5, 2008

D Rama Naidu enters Guinness Book of World Records

South Indian film-maker D Rama Naidu added yet another achievement to his already illustrious career as he entered the 2008 Guinness Book of World Records for having produced films in nine languages.

The producer-director has made quite a few popular films under his banner ‘Suresh Productions’ in languages like Tamil , Malayalam , Kannada , Hindi , English , Bengali , Oriya , Assamese and of course his mother-tongue Telugu.

He doesn’t quite believe in dubbing films even though he isn’t well-versed with all the languages he makes movies in.

In fact the veteran film-maker is also entering the Marathi film industry with a new production titled Majhi Aai to be directed by Kanchan Nayak.

D Rama Naidu churned out several Bollywood potboilers in the nineties like Rakhwala, Prem Qaidi, Jeevan Ek Sangharsh and Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain.

He even launched his son, Telugu superstar Venkatesh in Anari opposite Karisma Kapoor. D Rama Naidu’s last Hindi film was the 2001 drama Kuch Tum Kaho Kuch Hum Kahein starring Fardeen Khan and newcomer Richa Pallod.

'CDI' title track is song of year: NDTV poll

The title track of CHAK DE INDIA has been adjudged the song of the year in the annual year-end poll conducted by NDTV. The award was handed out in a glittering ceremony and was received by Sanjeev Kohli, CEO and Director, Yash Raj Films, Shimit Amin, director of the film and Salim Merchant, music director.

Farhan Akhtar's next, Voice from the Sky

Farhan Akhtar has a lot of exciting things lined up in 2008. While it is common knowledge now that he will playing the lead and even singing in Abhishek Kapoor’s film titled Rock On, Farhan has even planned his next directorial venture this year.

No it’s not the sequel to the SRK starrer Don (that may still have to wait). Farhan is all set to start a film titled Voice from the Sky which is based on the communication system.

The film would be set in the period when the telephone had become the new means of communication. Incidentally, this is a story which Farhan had in mind for a long time but feels that now is the right time for such a film with the multiplex culture offering film-makers to experiment with a variety of off-beat stories.

As for the cast and crew, Irrfan Khan is one of the names being considered and has even quite liked the script. Farhan would also be seen in sister Zoya’s film Luck By Chance which goes on floors this April.

Rajshri's new film 'Ek Vivaah Aisa Bhi' Click here to add this article to My Clips

EK VIVAAH AISA BHI, Rajshri’s 52nd offering, will be directed by Kaushik Ghatak, who makes his directorial debut in feature films after directing several television serials like KYUNKI SAAS BHI KABHI BAHU THI, SANJEEVANI, WOH REHNE WAALI MEHLON KI and many others.
The marathon music recording of nine songs for the film concluded on 24th December under the supervision of music director and lyricist Ravindra Jain. The songs were rendered by Shaan, Shreya Ghoshal, Suresh Wadkar, Pamela Jain, Satish Dehra and Fareed Sabri.

It stars Eesha Koppikhar, Sonu Sood, Alok Nath, Smita Jayakar, Vallabh Vyas, Anang Desai, Vishal Malhotra, Chhavi Mittal, Amrita Prakash, Kunal Kumar, Daman Deep Baggan, Ritu Vasishtha, Jayaa Bhattacharrya, Anand Abhyankar, Gargi Patel, Amrit Kaur Chawla, Prashant Kumar, Master Amey Pandya and Baby Ishita Panchal.

The film is produced by Kamal Kumar Barjatya, Rajkumar Barjatya and Ajit Kumar Barjatya. Story Idea: Asha Purna Devi. Story developed by: Sooraj R. Barjatya. Associate producers: Sooraj R. Barjatya and Rajjat A. Barjatya. Screenplay and dialogues: Shashi Mittal and Sumit Mittal. Cinematography: Harish Joshi. Editing: V.N. Mayekar. Audiography: Jitendra Chaudhary. Art: Sanjay Dhabade. Choreography: Shabinaa Khan.

Shatru's son makes debut with 'Sadiyaan'

Writer, producer, director Raj Kanwar launched his next film SADIYAAN at N.D. studios, Karjat, where a gigantic set has been constructed under the supervision of Nitin Desai for its first one-month-long schedule, which began on January 3. With SADIYAAN, Shatrughan Sinha's son Love Sinha makes his debut as the lead man along with debutante Ferena Vazir as the leading lady from U.S.A.

Made under the banner of Inderjit Films Combine, the film co-stars Hema Malini, Rekha and Rishi Kapoor. An Australian 20-member unit is carrying out special effects along with the Indian crew on the sets. Story, screenplay: Raj Kanwar. Dialogues: Javed Siddiqui. Lyrics: Sameer. Music: Adnan Sami. Cinematography: Anshul Chaobey. Action: Abbas Ali Moghal.

"My films are being sold quite well" - Rituparno

Reports in the press that many of the prolific Rituparno Ghosh's films lie unsold and uncared-for, have the prolific Bengali director unperturbed. "It all started with a report in Kolkata that was picked up on the websites. Now we've Mumbai papers reporting how my completed films have no buyers. How thoughtful of them to show such concern. Thank you. But my films are being sold as and when they should be."

The director explains, "You see the rules of film distribution are different in Bengal. They're made by producers and released without long marketing procedures. I'm afraid these alarmist reports have no basis. Just because I'm unavailable for comments they make up stories. To even get perturbed by such reports is demeaning my position." Rituparno has just completed the first schedule of Sab Charitra Kalpunik (all characters imaginary), Bipasha Basu's first Bengali film.

"The next schedule was from 10 Jan. But now it starts from Jan 28 because Bipasha wants to complete the film in one long schedule. It's been a very fruitful experience for both of us. I think Bipasha has discovered new facets to her acting talent."

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