Sunday, August 31, 2008

Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana - I have 'something something' for Siddharth

Santosh (Siddharth) is a hyper, energetic, carefree London NRI. He goes to his cousin Lalita's (Veda) wedding in India and meets Siri (Trisha). At first Sri was annoyed with the bubbly Santosh, overtime she slowly starts to fall in love with him. Since Santosh is from a wealthy family, Sri's family background is frowned upon the other rich people around. Sri and her brother Shivaram (Srihari) live in a village. Santosh must first prove Shivaram that his love for Sri is pure and genuine. Giving up the riches he grew up with, Santosh must live the way Shivaram and Siri do. Will Santosh get his love?

I've heard read so many positive reviews on this film. First of all, it stars Siddharth. While most of the girls were crushing and drooling for the Jesus-lookalike-twin Bollywood actor Kunal Kapoor in Rang De Basanti, I had my eyes set on the cute, adorable Siddarth. During the Rang De Basanti time, I haven't watched any non Hindi/Indian films yet. Since one of my friends sent me Telugu films such as Bunny and Aarya, he also sent Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana. Not realizing it was the same Siddharth who I saw in Rang De Basanti, I watched Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana and it became one of my favorite Telugu film till date

Siddharth has this boyish, innocent look which attracted me. With Aamir, the perfectionist, stepping aside and let all the newcomers shine just as bright as he did in Rang De Basanti, Siddharth debuts in Hindi cinema very well. Everyone was equally brilliant in his/her own ways. Who is this Siddharth guy? I looked him up and he already has done Tamil and Telugu films. He's in the famous Ayuha Ezhuthu, also known as the Hindi version as Yuva. Trisha is opposite in Ayutha Ezhuthu with Siddharth also.

I definitely have "Something Something" for Siddharth. He is just too adorable. Santosh is a combination of Raj (Shahrukh Khan) from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Prem (Salman Khan) from Maine Pyar Kiya, and Suraj (Salman Khan) from Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya. Some people criticized Siddharth's puffy, long hair. Hey, if Shahrukh got away with his mullet in DDLJ, why can't Siddharth? You can argue that DDLJ was back in the 90s while NN isn't. However, long hair is coming back in style again.

Since Santosh's character personality definitely borrows from Raj (Shahrukh Khan) from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Prem (Salman Khan) from Maine Pyar Kiya, and Suraj (Salman Khan) from Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya. Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana borrows from the storyline as well. Here are some similarities in NN compareted to DDLJ, PKTDK, and MPK. In DDLJ and PKTDK, the heroines Simran (Kajol) and Muskaan (Kajol) both thought the heroes in the beginning half of the film were annoying but slowly start to fall for them. In PKTDK, Muskaan has an older brother who loves her and takes care of her. In DDLJ, Raj (Shahrukh) is a NRI who follows his heart and goes to India to get his love and sees the cowbell that Simran left. In PKTDK, the older brother (Arbaaz) throws out Suraj (Salman) when he first comes to the village. Again in PKTDK, Muskaan's childhood friends describes Suraj's looks because she sees him coming. In PKTDK and MPK, Suraj (Salman) and Prem (Salman) has to prove his love by living the way the villagers do. In MPK, Suman's (Bhagyashree) love for Prem gets belittled by saying she is a poor villager who traps Prem into loving her and her father comes in. These are just a few similarities from these three films. Of course NN is special in its own way. If you've never seen a Telugu/Tollywood film, this movie is definitely a good start for newbies.

Trisha has a natural beauty. She is simple with minimal makeup and hair pulled back most of the time. She's in good shape and has nice skin. Her smile reminds me of Amisha Patel and her nose reminds me of Kajol. At first I didn't like her acting but while watching it again, she's not bad. I would definitely watch another film with her because I think she's cute. Her character Siri is definitely one to fall in love with.

Siri is a simple village girl who is attending one of her childhood best friend's wedding. Although she is not wealthy like her best friend's family members, her heart is rich enough for many to fall in love with her. Her small family only consist of her older brother and her.

Shivaram (Srihari) is Siri's older loving brother. Since Siri and him were orphans at a young age, he worked hard to give the best lives for them.

Srihari is great and impressed me a lot. He was tough on Santosh but had a sweet side too.

Lalita (Veda) is the childhood best friend of Siri. Since her wedding day would be very memorable, she wanted her best friend to share it with her.

Veda is the sweet friend of Siri. I love these supporting actresses!

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Prakaj (Prakash Raj) is Santosh's carefree, cool father and best friend.

Santosh's stern mother Geeta (Jaaniki) who wears the pants in the family.

Nandita Thakur (forgot her name in the movie, was it even said??) is the girl who is in love with Santosh. Her father wants her to marry Santosh because both are from wealthy families. Honestly, I didn't see her liking Santosh at all. She felt jealous when she saw Santosh and Siri together but I felt that's only because she had competition.

She's gorgeous and has a nice body. I always find the rich snobby girls in Hindi cinema, as it seems Telugu too, being modern, stylish, wealthy, and shows skin. While good girls are simple, plain, poor, and wears traditional outfits - Siri.

JP (Jaya Prakash Reddy) wants his daughter to marry Santosh. He and Prakash are business partners.

The guy who is in love with Siri. I don't remember his name but I didn't understand his significance to the film until later on. He was a creepy, non-talkative fellow.

Beautiful place where Siri and Shivaram live. You call this poor? It seems poor compared to the modern living of Santosh and Lalita, I guess.

The famous toy that Siri loves.

Music of Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana is beautiful!! I love how the Telugu language is spoken and sung.

Song #1 - "Chandrullo Unde"
Siri and Lalita journey to Lalita'a house for the wedding. Plus you get to see Santosh's journey from London to India.

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Song #2 - "Something Something"
Party. Santosh wants Siri's attention

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Song #3 - "Nilluvaadam Ninne"
Siri warms up to Shantosh. Both are falling in love with each other.

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Song #4 - "Paari Pooke Pittaa
Santosh's journey to Siri's house. Look! It's Prabhu Deva!

Song #5 - "Aakaasam Thaakelaa"
Santosh is working hard to prove to
Shivaram that his love for Siri is true. He is harvesting the crops. He and Siri spend more time together.

Song #6 - "Adhire Adhire"
Victory song. Santosh and Siri together at last! The choreography is great! Love watching it. Choreographed AND produced (movie) by Prabhu Deva

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This is one of my favorite part of the movie. Siri is washing clothes and sees Santosh's jacket. She pretends to be beating him up.

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Friday, August 29, 2008

Bipasha Basu - why does Nicki aka ApunBindaas like her so much?

Yes, I adore, admire, love, whatever you call it. I heart Bipasha Basu. Please... I'm not a new fangirl of the model-turned actress. Ever since she was a model, I've been a fan and followed her career. So what makes Bips so special?

This is copied and pasted from my
Bipasha Basu website (note - I do not have website anymore, read here why)

A question everyone ask me is why do I like Bipasha? Answer - because I do, lol. I know there's a lot of Bips haters out there. Don't hate on her because she's sexy or is dating a sexy guy like John Abraham. Give props where it is noticed.

Actually I've been a fan of hers since her modeling days. I noticed her in 1998 - same year I noticed Arjun Rampal in the annual edition of Stardust magazine. I thought her look was unique and very different from most Indian models. I love her dark skin and almond eyes.

Later I found out she was dating a model hunk - Dino Morea, the half Indian/half Italian model. They were everywhere together. As much as I like Bips with Dino, Bips and John sizzle together off and on screen. They are one of the world's best and sexiest real life couples.

Bips is a great actress. No, she's not in the same league as Kajol or Madhuri. However, I think out of all the newcomers, she is the best. Another reason why she rise higher, in my books, is because she does different type of roles than the typical college girl movies. From Raaz to Jism to Rudraksh to Madhoshi to Corporate whether or not the film is a flop, Bips is confident, but not self-centered.

Whether or not you choose to like her, it's up to you. But she is here to stay. She is beautiful, sexy, down-to-earth, and simply a great actress. Before judging her - watch her films and read or watch her interviews (watch the Koffee with Karan episode with Bips and Lara) - you may surprise yourself and become a fan later.

Alright, if you don't know already…here it is it - I'm Hmong. Actually a dark-skin Hmong girl. All my life I grew up hearing how dark my skin color is. Since I live in Atlanta which is located south east of the USA, I had relatives who lived in St Paul which is located north of the USA, who used to tell me to come live up there so I won't be any darker than I am already. Overtime I learn to love my my natural tan. Why not? Nowadays, people pay to get darker. I've had dark-skinned friends who would bleach their skin color so they would be accepted by family and friends.

What I admire Bips is she embraces her skin color. Some may argue and say that Bips look lighter in some pics than other. Hmmm, hello….have you heard of camera-angle lighting? Those are photographs but if you see her natural, real-life photos then she still has her glowing dark skin. Many will agree that Bips is just gorgeous. While others criticize her uneven eyes and say she's not beautiful for that reason. Did you know that most people are asymmetric? For me, my eyes are uneven just like Bips. Having almond eyes and not round eyes, Bips unique look stands out to me. Over the years, I have read in message forums where a lot of Indians criticize her uneven, almond eyes as being "chinese." I'm not sure if that was an insult or compliment. But I took it as an insult since a desi person made that comment. Just to add, there are known rivalry feuds between India and China. Oh well, maybe it's just me.

Okay since everyone now knows I'm shallow since I do go by looks as first impression. Now, don't get me wrong. I mean come on, don't lie to yourself and say that looks don't matter. I don't want to hear that personality is what you look for. A person's personality doesn't show until you get to know them. All I'm saying is looks do play a big part in you wanting to get to know someone. That's all.

Also just because someone is a good actress on screen too doesn't mean that they are like that in real life. Hello, it's called acting!!! I'm so sick and tired of people who belittle Bips because of the roles she got famous for - sexy. Then we have others who expect to see the best of her when they do hear praises for her acting. Such phrases as "she was just okay. I mean she was good but I thought she would've been better after hearing praises." Oh come on! Do you actually base all your thoughts on what the others say? That's why I rather form my own opinion. That's why there are films that were SUPERHITS and you hated or flops that you absolutely love.

What you see is what you get. That's Bipasha Basu for you. She's honest and confident. When she appeared twice on Koffee with Karan, she gained more fans who didn't know her. Plus after she more Yash Raj films after "Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai," more people see her acting potential.

I think Bips is good at what she does. She may not be the best actress or the most beautiful. No way do I think she is number one but I think she has the whole package. She's beautiful, talented, and has a great personality.

Another reason why I love her - her inspiration to working out. She is so fit. I think she has the best body. Many will argue and tell me Shilpa Shetty has the body. Bips' body is tone and fit. I like the muscular body. Even though she used to be a skinny model, she did get "fat" at one point in her life. She knew it and started working out like crazy. She has motivated me to look at my life too. I know it may sound silly but it's true. Look at those pics I posted from 2005 - the
Jay Sean concert 2005 and even the Rockstars concert 2006. I was even fatter then and still working out. The picture on my main page and profile are taken this year. Funny but also true - I do credit Bips as my inspiration.

As the only actress in Bollywood who isn't afraid to experiment with her hair, I admire and adore Bips for making that step! I love experimenting with my hair - whether it's cuts or colors too so seeing Bips do it was bonus points for me. All the other Bollywood actress have that long, straight boring hair. So when Bips chopped her hair off, I was rooting for her. Yes, Preity Zinta has also chopped her hair off for the movie "Dil Hai Tumhaara" but Bips did it because she wanted to be different. Gotta love that. Not only did she chopped her hair, now she is sporting a bang/fringe look. I'm not a fan of it but double props to her. I loved one of Bips hairstyles so much that I went to my hair stylist to get it cut like hers (just like the above pic)

Plus I'm in love with Bips relationship with John and even her exes Dino Morea and Milind Soman (rumored, not confirmed). Many think that Bips dumped Dino for John. But Dino has said before that they broke up before Bips and John hooked up. Besides that, when Bips appeared on the talk show "Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai." All the men in her life came on. Can you imagine Aishwarya on the same talk show with Abhi, Vivek, and Salman? Bips has a very forward and down-to-earth.

I would love to say I'm the biggest Bips fan ever but I'm sure there's some out there that will claim that. I credited her for discovering who Jay Sean is. I've seen all her films (even Tamil and Telugu ones). I've ordered magazines of hers from India since it is not available in the USA. Dang. Even though I love Bips but I'm not a biase fan. In this blog entry, you probably learn more things about me and Bipasha than ever! LOL

Oh gosh, I'm rambling.