Wednesday, July 29, 2009

News on Bipasha and her Bengali film, "Shob Charitro Kalponik" aka "Afterword"

Sooooo excited for this film!! I've been waiting to hear more news about it since I first blogged about it on February 16, 2009 -- also, more stills, different ones on that post. Get to see Bips in a really good, significant role since Corporate.

I keep getting different information on the film title. Whether it's Afterword or Shob Charitro Kalponik. Regardless, all we know is that Bipasha Basu is the heroine and the star of the Bengali film-maker, Rituparno Ghosh's film!!!

Bips definitely has that natural beauty. I adore her, like you don't know already. She is independent and strong.

From Samaylive & another Samaylive & DNAIndia

“Until and unless you have not decided on what you want to do, you cannot reach your goal. Though it is not easy to follow the right track but you have to come across such people who can guide you to success.”

Bips also added that girls should be on their own feet so that they could tackle the problem or situation in their life. They are not supposed to be dependent financially to their boy friend or husband. Also, she said that nobody should rely on these relations.

Be responsible for yourself. It's tough not to get carried away when you are on your own and are in the process of making it big. Stay the way you have been brought up and do not let anyone mess with that.

Back to the Bengali film.
Guess what??????

Shob Charitro Kalponik has been selected for the Durban Film Festival!!!!

The movie, which depicts the journey of a woman into the life of her poet-husband (Prosenjit Chatterjee) after his death, will be screened in the panorama section of the festival, which runs from July 22 to August 2.

Bengali film-maker Rituparno Ghosh's new celluloid venture, 'Shob Charitro Kalponik' (All Characters Imaginary), has been selected for the 30th Durban Film Festival 2009, in South Africa. It will be the first ever premier for a Bengali film in the African continent.

The film - produced by Indian conglomerate Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG)'s flagship media arm Reliance Big Entertainment Ltd (RBEL) - will be screened in the Panorama Section of the festival, alongside films by directors such as Woody Allen, the Dardenne Brothers, Steven Soderbergh, Michael Winterbottom and many other foreign film-makers.

'Our efforts to broaden international horizons for Bengali films are beginning to be successful. Rituparno's work has also been widely acclaimed globally,' BIG Pictures chief operating officer (COO) Mahesh Ramanathan said here Monday.

He said the BIG Pictures, RBEL's motion pictures brand, had secured selection for 10 of its world cinema titles in over 12 prestigious international festivals in the last six months.

Written and directed by Ghosh himself, 'Shob Charitro Kalponik' is a story of death and loss with many emotional and romantic moments staring Bipasha Basu, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Jisshu Sengupa, Pauli Dam and Sohag Sen.

The Bengali film is scheduled to be screened July 30 in the festival.

'Shob Charitro Kalponik' is the story of Radhika's (Bipasha Basu) journey into the life of her late poet husband Indraneel (Prosenjit Chatterjee) and the revelations and contradictions she learns about Indraneel as a poet and husband. -- Sify

Shob Charitro Kalponik is expected to release on 28 August in India. -- IndianTelevision

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Athadu - totally smitten by Mahesh Babu

If you're missing the Bollywood masala with action, love, drama, you name it....then look no more, watch Athadu. I know. I know. Athadu is not Bollywood, it's Tollywood. Telugu cinema! Mahesh Babu does it again and again, delivering his masala flava to his films. Athadu released before Pokiri and Bollywood has remade it already. For those who may or may not know, Wanted (Salman Khan, Ayesha Takia Azmi) is the Bollywood version of the wonderful, action-packed Mahesh Babu film, Pokiri . Some argued that Salman is not suited to play in action roles. But the Sallu fan I am *sigh*, I had to disagree, I can see it. Let's just see him pull it off.

Ek - The Power of One (Bobby Deol, Shriya Saran) is the Bollywood version of the wonderful Mahesh Babu film that I am reviewing now, Athadu. Not that I dislike Bobby or don't think he can pull it off, it's just that I enjoyed Athadu so much that I wanted the Bollywood remake to be noticed more with an actor who would bring in ratings and more . Someone like Akshay Kumar could easily pull it off. Now, I will watch the Bollywood version just to see how it was done Bollywood style.

So yes, I really enjoyed Athadu. From the first frame of the film, I was hooked. It was that exciting for me. I tried my best to explain what the film was all about without huge spoilers.

As an orphan growing up, Nandhu (Mahesh Babu) became this fearless boy who ended up in the life of crime. When he gets framed in a murder that he didn't commit, he ends up in a village where everyone mistakens him for Pardu, a guy he meets on the train who gets killed. Nandhu ends up pretending to be Pardu. Finally, he knows the feeling of love and family, which he never had before. Does the police ever find Nandhu? What happens to the village who all loved him as Pardu?

Even though Nandhu is an assassin, he has a good heart. When he ends up becoming Pardu, he was raised without love and affection and Pardu's family gave him what he had been lacking.

Mahesh Babu!!! No wonder you are called the Prince in Telugu Film Industry. Every time I watch another film of yours, I become more smitten. I absolutely love his characters on screen. Besides Mahesh portrays them well and is an amazing dancer. He has this dorky, cute, yet sexy appeal to him.

Poori is Pardu's fiance. Since childhood, Poori and Pardu were suppose to get married.

Trisha Krishnan is great! However, her character did annoy me a bit. Maybe cause I only think Trisha is cute and not gorgeous. Her character was a bit conceited thinking that she is sooo beautiful. To be fair, that wasn't all her fault since she grew up thinking she was all that. Besides that, I looooved her.

Malli (Sonu Sood) grew up with Nandhu and organizes the crimes while Nandhu kills whoever he needs to. When one mission blows up, Malli's car explodes and Nandhu becomes a fugitive in a murder he didn't commit.

Sonu Sood had a short but significant role. It was hard for me to get a good screencap of him. I still think he looks like the young Amitabh Bachchan.

Since both Nandhu and Malli are orphans and ruthless, Sadhu (Rahul Dev) raised them in the life of crime. However, as time goes by, Sadhu ends up in prison paying for his crimes.

Rahul Dev usually plays a negative supporting role and damn good at it.

Officer Anjaneya Prasad (Prakash Raj) is investigating the murders. Does Prakash Raj ever rest? I see him in Tamil and Telugu films all the time now! Maybe it's just the films I watch?

The real Pardu (Rajeev Kanakala). Sadly, his life ended before he was ever able to go back to his family in the village.

Song #1 - "Athadae Athadae"
Nandu grows up

Song #2 - "Pillagaali Allari"
Poori proves how beautiful she is to Pardhu, but ends up looking goofy at times

Song #3 - "Neetho Cheppana"
Poori is in love with Pardu aka Nandhu

Song #4 - "Chandamama Chandamama"
Poori wants to show Pardu that she can be sexy, so she goes "North Indian style"
I think it's just modern style, not necessarily North Indian

Watch Below

Song #5 - "Avunu Nijam"
Poori finally gets her man!

Watch Below

Song #6 - "Pilichina Raanantava"
Wedding, not Poori and Pardu's though...well, not yet??

I see rangoli all the time in South Indian films. I think it's very beautiful and interesting.

I loved the WTF action. Mahesh Babu kicks ass.

In loved with all Trisha's outfits in the film. Whether she wore traditional or modern outfits, she rocked it.

So because I was smitten by Mahesh Babu, I went screencap crazy. No kidding!

Besides my infatuation of Mahesh Babu, the film is definitely worth it!