South Indian – BollySpice.com http://bollyspice.com The latest movies, interviews in Bollywood Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:00:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 Baahubali and Ennu Ninte Moideen wins at IIFA Utsavam Awards 2016 http://bollyspice.com/baahubali-the-beginning-and-ennu-ninte-moideen-wins-at-iifa-utsavam-awards-2016/ Tue, 26 Jan 2016 11:26:58 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=119099 The biggest celebration of South Indian cinema, the Fortune Sunflower Oil IIFA UTSAVAM co-powered by GIONEE smartphone and Renault- Passion for Life was a splendid event that witnessed the coming together of the biggest superstars of the Tamil and Malayalam Film Industries on 24th January 2016. With some of the year’s biggest films taking home the prestigious awards, the evening came alive as some of the most prolific names in the South Indian film industry came together to revel in the success of Tamil and Malayalam Cinema in 2015. In the Tamil Film Awards, Baahubali-The Beginning took home the highest number

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16jan_IIFAUtsavam02The biggest celebration of South Indian cinema, the Fortune Sunflower Oil IIFA UTSAVAM co-powered by GIONEE smartphone and Renault- Passion for Life was a splendid event that witnessed the coming together of the biggest superstars of the Tamil and Malayalam Film Industries on 24th January 2016. With some of the year’s biggest films taking home the prestigious awards, the evening came alive as some of the most prolific names in the South Indian film industry came together to revel in the success of Tamil and Malayalam Cinema in 2015.

In the Tamil Film Awards, Baahubali-The Beginning took home the highest number of accolades with a total tally of six awards including Best Picture, Direction, Supporting Role (Male), Supporting Role (Female), Playback Singer (Male) and Playback Singer (Female). For the Malayalam Film Awards, Ennu Ninte Moideen took home the highest number of accolades with a total tally of six awards including Best Picture, Leading Role (Male), Leading Role (Female), Supporting Role (Female) and Playback Singer (Female).

Jayam Ravi won the award for Leading Role (Male) for his performance in Thani Oruvan (Tamil) while Nayanthara walked away with the award for Leading Role (Female) for May (Tamil). Prithviraj Sukumaran and Parvathi Menon won Best Actor and Best Actress for their film Ennu Ninte Moideen.

The evening also saw some incredible performances – Kavya Madhavan opened the evening with a fantastic routine. Superstar divas Shriya Saran, Adah Sharma, Tapsee Pannu, Mamta Mohandas and Nikki Galrani held the audience spell-bound with a stunning performance. Also the dynamic star Bharath lit the stage on fire with some incredible moves.

16jan_IIFAUtsavam05Kavya Madhavan commented, “IIFA UTSAVAM put up a fantastic show. I am ecstatic at the roaring response my performance has and I am eagerly looking forward to many more years of IIFA UTSAVAM. I am glad to be a part of the first ever IIFA UTSAVAM which was not only entertainment packed but also a noble initiative. ”

Nasser, Actor and President, Nadigar Sangam said, “As a member of the South Indian film fraternity, it excites me to see our cinema being given a global platform and deserving talent walk away with prestigious honors. Our South Indian Film Industry as a whole has contributed immensely to the world of cinema with its terrific productions, live wire acting and ambitious projects. IIFA UTSAVAM has pulled off a spectacular awards night!”

Mr. Angshu Mallick, COO, Adani Wilmar Ltd, commented on sponsoring the event, “Adani Wilmar Ltd. is one of India’s fastest growing food company with a turnover of more than 3 billion USD. Fortune – India’s No 1 edible oil brand, is proud to associate and present IIFA Utsavam. We have chosen Fortune Sunflower Oil, one of our most prominent brands in the South Indian market to bring forth this partnership. With our wide range of product portfolio of edible oils, basmati rice, pulses, soya chunks & besan, we look forward to being the preferred brand of every South Indian consumer by reaching out with an array of celebrity engagements as a result of our partnership with IIFA Utsavam. With the legacy of IIFA in the Indian entertainment space, we proudly look forward to the best entertainment extravaganza south of India is going to witness.”

Arvind Vora, Country MD and CEO, Gionee India, commented “Gionee is proud to be associated with IIFA Utsavam, which is a great platform to recognize the efforts of the film industry who have put in their efforts to entertain audiences in the country and the Southern part of the country in particular. Cinema as a medium cuts across our consumer base and this platform is a great place to connect with our consumers”

Speaking on the association, Mr. Rafael Treguer, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Renault India said, “Renault has entered a new phase of growth in India, powered by our product offensive strategy. Our brand celebrates ‘Passion for Life’, which is reflected in all the platforms we partner with. IIFA Utsavam, celebrates the prestige and glory of South Indian Cinema, by felicitating and recognizing superlative achievers and their triumphs. We are proud to be associated with this platform, as it reflects Renault’s passion for celebrating life with elements of culture, entertainment, films and music.”

16jan_IIFAUtsavam08S.J. Clement, Network Programming Head, Sun TV Network commented, “Sun TV Network is proud to be associated with the Premiere edition of IIFA Utsavam 2015, a pioneering event that will present the finest among the South Indian film fraternity. Sun TV Network reaches around 58 million households in the country. Increasingly, our programming is being accessed by the South Indian diaspora across the globe. We believe in delivering consistently high quality entertainment through our unrelenting focus on premium content. Our collaboration with IIFA reiterates our commitment to be at the leading edge of broadcast media industry. Sun TV Network will be the official broadcast partner of the IIFA Utsavam event and shall telecast the Red Carpet and Nomination episodes on its flagship channels Sun TV, Gemini TV, Udaya TV and Surya TV on Jan 3, 2016. The finale of the event will be awards ceremony with star studded performances, which will be telecast on Jan 10, 2016.”

Andre Timmins, Director, Wizcraft International Entertainment said, “We are thrilled at the phenomenal success of the very first edition of IIFA Utsavam. There have been a lot of challenged we have had to overcome including the tragedy in Chennai. We are honored to be able to help the city of Chennai get back on its feet through IIFA Utsavam. It is an honor to felicitate so many deserving individuals on their talent and hard work in the year gone by and we wish all the winners tonight the very best.”

The Fortune Sunflower Oil IIFA UTSAVAM 2016 was an entertainment powerhouse that unfolded in the presence of the most incredible talent in the film industry

The Fortune Sunflower Oil IIFA UTSAVAM will be telecasted on Sun Network.

 

TAMIL WINNERS LIST

Best Picture – Arka Media Works Pvt Ltd (Baahubali-The Beginning)

Direction – S.S Rajamouli (Baahubali-The Beginning)

Leading Role Male – Jayam Ravi (Thani Oruvan)

Leading Role Female – Nayanthara (Maya)

Supporting Role Male – Sathyaraj (Baahubali-The Beginning)

Supporting Role Female – Ramya Krishnan (Baahubali-The Beginning)

Comic Role – Kovai Sarala (Kanchana 2)

Negative Role – Arvind Swamy (Thani Oruvan)

Music Direction – Anirudh Ravichander (Kaththi)

Lyrics – Dhanush (Maari)

Playback Singer Male – Haricharan (Baahubali-The Beginning)

Playback Singer Female – Geetha Madhuri (Baahubali-The Beginning)

 

MALYALAM WINNERS LIST

Best Picture – Suresh Raj, Binoy Shankarath and Ragy Thomas (Ennu Ninte Moideen)

Direction – Lal Jose (Neena)

Leading Role Male – Prithviraj Sukumaran (Ennu Ninte Moideen)

Leading Role Female – Parvathi Menon (Ennu Ninte Moideen)

Supporting Role Male – Aju Varghese (Oru Vadakan Selfie)

Supporting Role Female – Lena Kumar (Ennu Ninte Moideen)

Comic Role – Vinay Forrt (Premam)

Negative Role – Jayasurya (Iyobinte Pusthakam)

Music Direction – Rajesh Murugesan (Premam)

Lyrics – Shabareesh Varma (Premam)

Playback Singer Male – Vijay Yesudas (Premam)

Playback Singer Female – Shreya Ghoshal (Ennu Ninte Moideen)

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Ram Charan to make Superstar Chiranjeevi’s 60th birthday memorable http://bollyspice.com/ram-charan-to-make-superstar-chiranjeevis-60th-birthday-memorable/ Fri, 21 Aug 2015 16:35:08 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=111688 Superstar Chiranjeevi will be celebrating his 60th birthday tomorrow (August 22nd) which will also mark another milestone in his professional life, that is the completion of 35 years of his filmy career. To commemorate this landmark, his son, Ram Charan has planned to host a special evening at a luxury city hotel in their home town, Hyderabad. The event will be a close knit affair as only a select few have been invited – those who have been an integral part of his father’s life and career. What is known is that the guest list is a combination of industry leaders,

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15aug_Chiranjeevi-60thBirthdaySuperstar Chiranjeevi will be celebrating his 60th birthday tomorrow (August 22nd) which will also mark another milestone in his professional life, that is the completion of 35 years of his filmy career. To commemorate this landmark, his son, Ram Charan has planned to host a special evening at a luxury city hotel in their home town, Hyderabad. The event will be a close knit affair as only a select few have been invited – those who have been an integral part of his father’s life and career.

What is known is that the guest list is a combination of industry leaders, South Indian Film industry stalwarts, close friends and family and a host of Bollywood stars. When Ram Charan who is close ties with the Bachchan family extended a personal invite Amitabh Bachchan readily accepted it. Sources say Aamir Khan has also confirmed to attend this star-studded event. Right from the invite to various cuisines from around the world, from the elegantly designed interior to a Shaimak Davar tribute everything has been arranged to make this day very special.

We have also learned that the menu has Chiranjeevi’s favorite dishes, one of which is the Chiranjeevi Dosa. This bespoke dosa will come from the superstar’s house, with the batter being prepared at his residence. The hotel chefs who have been trained by Srinu, Chiranjeevi’s head cook, will make Chiranjeevi dosa at the hotel, live!

Chiranjeevi, an actor who turned politician in 2008 will return to the silver screen after a gap of seven years in a yet untitled film produced by his son Ram Charan. The film will be launched on Chiranjaavi’s birthday. This will be his 150th film.

We at BollySpice wish Mr. Chiranjeevi a very Happy Birthday in advance.

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Check out more about “I” plus stills http://bollyspice.com/stills/ Tue, 30 Dec 2014 11:33:47 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=95576 “I” has increased anticipation and generated the much needed curiosity amongst the audiences with its mind blowing trailer and over the top action. The audiences are loving it all. They can’t wait to see more. First check out the trailer Directed by Shankar, “I” starring Amy Jackson and Vikram is all set to release on the 16th January, 2015.

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“I” has increased anticipation and generated the much needed curiosity amongst the audiences with its mind blowing trailer and over the top action. The audiences are loving it all. They can’t wait to see more.

First check out the trailer

Directed by Shankar, “I” starring Amy Jackson and Vikram is all set to release on the 16th January, 2015.

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Sonakshi Sinha Talks Being A Rajinikanth Heroine in Lingaa http://bollyspice.com/sonakshi-sinha-talks-rajinikanth-heroine-lingaa/ Sat, 13 Dec 2014 08:09:54 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=94770 Though we saw Rajinikanth in the motion capture epic, Kochadaiiyaan, fans have not seen the Superstar since the super hit Robot in 2010 but now the wait is over because the highly anticipated Lingaa has released. Directed by KS Ravikumar, with music by the great AR Rahman, Lingaa is a full on epic entertainer as only Thalaivar can bring to the big screen. The Tamil and Telegu versions of Lingaa released in over 4000 screens worldwide on Friday, December 12th, to rave reviews and packed houses with the Hindi version set to hit on December 26th. Starring opposite Rajinikanth is

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14nov_Lingaa-MusicLaunch07Though we saw Rajinikanth in the motion capture epic, Kochadaiiyaan, fans have not seen the Superstar since the super hit Robot in 2010 but now the wait is over because the highly anticipated Lingaa has released. Directed by KS Ravikumar, with music by the great AR Rahman, Lingaa is a full on epic entertainer as only Thalaivar can bring to the big screen.

The Tamil and Telegu versions of Lingaa released in over 4000 screens worldwide on Friday, December 12th, to rave reviews and packed houses with the Hindi version set to hit on December 26th.

Starring opposite Rajinikanth is Sonakshi Sinha, who is making her debut in the South film industry.

Ashanti Omkar from BBC Asian Network who hosts a weekly program on Sundays highlighting and showcasing the latest music, arts and entertainment from South Indian and Sri Lankan communities, talked with Sonakshi about the film, working with Rajinikanth, the AR Rahman soundtrack and so much more and we are lucky enough to have highlights!

Talking about being a Rajinikanth heroine in 2014’s biggest pan Indian release, Lingaa, in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi, Sonakshi said, “It was a wonderful experience, as it’s a phenomenal film. What a complete pleasure it was, working with Rajini sir and I don’t think I could have asked for a better debut in the South, in the Tamil film industry.”

Apparently the filming schedule for Lingaa was quite taxing. “It was very intensive, as the part I was doing was based in the 1940s. To get the era to look right, the costumes, the sets, the locations – they all had to be really authentic. I shot the film over a period of 60 days. Quite a demanding task, a tough but fulfilling journey,” Sonakshi revealed.

14nov_Lingaa-MusicLaunch01The Lingaa director, KS Ravikumar is a legend in South India, and has worked on huge hit films with Kamal Haasan (Dasavathaaram), Rajinikanth (Muthu, Padayappa) and Ajith Kumar (Varalaru aka Godfather), so how was her experience working with him? “He is a legend,” she said, “I don’t speak or understand Tamil, and he is a wonderful director, as he was a really big help to me. He made sure I was comfortable in whatever way I needed to work, to get the lip synch right, and he would allow me to read off placards, or he would prompt me so I could repeat what he was saying immediately afterwards. He would even explain the meaning of each and every word, so I would get the expressions right.”

About Chinmayi the famous singing voice behind ‘Tere Bina’ from Guru and ‘Titli’ from Chennai Express, who did the Tamil dubbing for Sonakshi, she said, “I’ve heard her sing and she has a beautiful voice, and I’m glad that she’s dubbed for me, as I wouldn’t be able to pull off the diction and accent in Tamil. I guess if I had time to practice, I would be able to do it myself, but it would have taken too long to get the lines right, to fit with the schedule.”

Lingaa (3)The maestro AR Rahman composed the songs and the music of Lingaa. This is actually the first film Sonakshi dances to his tune and she was thrilled, “I’ve been waiting to work with AR Rahman – and I’m so happy to have been able to work with him in my first Tamil film. My favourite song is ‘En Mannava’, which was so well choreographed by Rekha Chinni Prakash.”

She also talked about the incredible audio launch in Chennai, “Oh God, it was tremendous, the kind of craze and hysteria that surrounds Rajini sir and the opportunity to see something like that was a once in a lifetime experience.”

So will we see her in more South films? “Why not – if I get the right script – they’re so rich in content in the South, which is why so many of their films get re-made into Hindi. With the right script, I’d love to do it, as now the language barrier has been crossed and I feel I can pull off a Tamil film.”

You can hear Ashanti on BBC Asian Network every Sunday, from 2-4pm UK time, live on BBC iPlayer and DAB in the UK, and online, worldwide, with the listen back feature for 4 weeks per episode on http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04mv017

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Godrej No.1 signs Adah Sharma as National brand ambassador http://bollyspice.com/godrej-1-signs-adah-sharma-national-brand-ambassador/ Fri, 23 May 2014 11:11:17 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=82434 Bollywood actress Adah Sharma, who recently made her debut in Tollywood with Nitin’s hit movie Heart Attack, has been signed as the new ambassador of Godrej No.1 beauty soap. she won accolades for her performance and garnered a big fan following for her cute and glamorous looks in the film. Adah will feature in the Hindi, Tamil as well as Telugu version of the brand’s advertisement. the ad will focus on naturalness and natural beauty. Adah Sharma has featured in a few Bollywood films and her recent release Hasee Toh Phasee has got her much-needed attention to her in the

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14mar_adahsharma-01Bollywood actress Adah Sharma, who recently made her debut in Tollywood with Nitin’s hit movie Heart Attack, has been signed as the new ambassador of Godrej No.1 beauty soap. she won accolades for her performance and garnered a big fan following for her cute and glamorous looks in the film.

Adah will feature in the Hindi, Tamil as well as Telugu version of the brand’s advertisement. the ad will focus on naturalness and natural beauty.

Adah Sharma has featured in a few Bollywood films and her recent release Hasee Toh Phasee has got her much-needed attention to her in the North India. Meanwhile, the huge success of her debut film Heart Attack has given her a big break, besides making her popular in the South India.

Born and brought up in Kerala, Adah Sharma started her carrier in sleeper hit horror film 1920 for which she won lot of critical acclaim for her performance as a possessed victim.

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Who’s Hot Who’s Not: Filmfare South 2013 http://bollyspice.com/whos-hot-whos-not-filmfare-south-2013/ Wed, 24 Jul 2013 04:45:33 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=64778 Four industries down South gathered over the weekend to celebrate the year gone by in films. Filmfare South 2013 had quite the turn out when celebrities from Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada film fraternities came together to celebrate the outstanding work done by artists in last year. Winners of the beautiful black lady aside its time to see what the fashion on the red carpet was like. Aishwarya Dhanush had much to celebrate on the evening with her film 3 being nominated in various categories. But was her look on the red carpet as much of a winner? Well the

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Four industries down South gathered over the weekend to celebrate the year gone by in films. Filmfare South 2013 had quite the turn out when celebrities from Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada film fraternities came together to celebrate the outstanding work done by artists in last year. Winners of the beautiful black lady aside its time to see what the fashion on the red carpet was like.

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Aishwarya Dhanush had much to celebrate on the evening with her film 3 being nominated in various categories. But was her look on the red carpet as much of a winner? Well the Sabyasachi anarkali definitely worked and minor gripe with bindi and clutch aside, I really don’t kind find all that wrong with the outfit. Of course we can’t dismiss then dapper looking gentlemen next to her, Dhanush rocked the all black look.

Verdict: Mr & Mrs Dhanush are HOT!

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Esteemed Director Adoor Gopalakrishnan to speak at London Indian Film Festival http://bollyspice.com/adoor-gopalakrishnan-to-speak-at-london-indian-film-festival/ Sun, 14 Jul 2013 12:17:41 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=63835 On the 19th of July 2013, Adoor Gopalakrishnan will be speaking about his work at the London Indian Film Festival. Gopalakrishnan is a pioneer in the world of South Asian film. His first film in 1972, Swayamvaram, had revolutionised Malayalam Cinema. It was through this film that the new wave cinema movement had begun in Kerala. Having won sixteen international awards, Gopalakrishnan has also been awarded the most prestigious award available in cinema by the Government of India, the Dadasaheb Phalke award in 2004. Gopalakrishnan had given his first on stage performance at the young age of eight. He went

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13jul_AdoorGopalakrishnanOn the 19th of July 2013, Adoor Gopalakrishnan will be speaking about his work at the London Indian Film Festival. Gopalakrishnan is a pioneer in the world of South Asian film. His first film in 1972, Swayamvaram, had revolutionised Malayalam Cinema. It was through this film that the new wave cinema movement had begun in Kerala. Having won sixteen international awards, Gopalakrishnan has also been awarded the most prestigious award available in cinema by the Government of India, the Dadasaheb Phalke award in 2004.

Gopalakrishnan had given his first on stage performance at the young age of eight. He went on to study at the Gandhigram Rural Institute where he achieved a degree in Economics, Political Science and Public Administration. After working as a Government Officer, he decided to leave his job and study at the Pune Film Institute. He studied Film and Screenwriting. After that, he made history. He established the first film society in Kerala alongside his friends. He scripted and directed eleven films and around thirty documentaries. Not only this, but he won the BFI’s Sutherland Trophy for his film Elippathayam in 1982. Gopalakrishnan is the only Indian film-maker alongside Satyajit Ray to hold this award.

His film Elippathayam will be screened at the London Indian Film Festival on the 24th of July at the BFI. London Indian Film Festival describe Elippathayam as:

…the tale of a man and his three sisters who cannot comprehend the sweeping changes arising from the demise of feudalism in the southern Indian state of Kerala. Drawing from the experience of his own family, Gopalakrishnan sets the action in a crumbling mansion where once-proud lives disintegrate in near silence.

To find out more on how to book, please visit:

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I don’t want to be replaceable – Priya Anand on the eve of her 10th film release, Fukrey. http://bollyspice.com/i-dont-want-to-be-replaceable-priya-anand-on-the-eve-of-her-10th-film-release-fukrey/ Thu, 13 Jun 2013 07:27:11 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=61302 Ten films later Priya Anand’s energy and drive is as it was four years ago. She’s determined to play the game on her own terms and make it in her own way. Defying the norms of the glamourous industry she belongs to she’s won hearts down South with her interesting selection of roles. In Hindi cinema she remains to be a new face, but one we want to see again and again. On the eve of the release of her 10th film, Fukrey, Priya catches up with me to talk about her latest Hindi outing and the experiences she’s gathered

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Ten films later Priya Anand’s energy and drive is as it was four years ago. She’s determined to play the game on her own terms and make it in her own way. Defying the norms of the glamourous industry she belongs to she’s won hearts down South with her interesting selection of roles. In Hindi cinema she remains to be a new face, but one we want to see again and again. On the eve of the release of her 10th film, Fukrey, Priya catches up with me to talk about her latest Hindi outing and the experiences she’s gathered in the last four years. Read on for a stimulating discussion on the making of Fukrey and the making of Priya Anand as we know her today.

What are the emotions like on the eve of the release of your 10th film?Priya1

I’m actually quite excited driving around Chennai seeing the posters everywhere. I’m excited for everyone else in the film as well because everyone is very new and they’re all trying to make a new life so I hope the film is what they are looking for.

How did the role come your way?

I was so anxious when auditioning for the part knowing very well this was very different to what I had done in the past but at the same time I wasn’t sure if its something I could do. So when they rang me back I was thinking why on earth are they calling me back! Mostly because I had realised in the audition that Mrig (dir: Mrighdeep Singh Lamba) was a very tough taskmaster and  so didn’t think I could do what he required me to do. When I walked into the audition it was a scene out of Luck By Chance where there are so many people waiting to audition! So many girls I recognised from ads and other work so I just said to myself that there’s no way I’d make the cut. It just so happened they liked what they saw in me and their only concern was of course the language. Not only am I South Indian but more importantly I have an American accent and this film was to be shot in sync sound.

You said in an interview that Priya in Fukrey is very different to the real Priya, how so?

I think for starters our backgrounds, I’m a Marathi/Tamil/Telugu girl and that is what I’ve played in my films thus far. But here for the first time I play a Punjabi girl from Subhash Nagar. The way we look is also very different. Priya in Fukrey is very simple with a braid and salwar. Makeup requirement were nil for the film so everything you see is just mascara and eyeliner. So yes from background down to the look, I don’t think we’re alike at all.

Apart from your look, what else was new for you with Fukrey?

With Fukrey I got the chance to portray ‘young love’ for the first time. All my work till date be it 180 of Ko Ante Koti they’re all mature love stories. I think the reason a song like Ambersariya has made it to the top of the charts is not only that its a brilliant piece brought to life by Sona Mohapatra but also that it transports you to that moment in life when you experienced your first crush. So I think this was perhaps what made Fukrey so new for me.Priya4

So Fukrey is a lot of firsts did this mean extra preparation was required?

I was just so happy to celebrate my 10th film with something so different. One of the main things I had to be aware of was that I had my dialect and accent well prepped because we were shooting on live locations in sync sound. So there’s a pressure of getting things right and wrapping it all up on time especially when you’re shooting in a place like Chandni Chowk. I think getting into the character got easier once I got into the clothes. More than that half the battle is won when you have someone like Mrig directing you. He was so prepared for me and everyone else that we didn’t have to think too much but just follow instructions which is something I truly needed with this film. Usually I’m left on my own to attempt a scene but since this was so out of the box I really needed the step by step guidance.

The film is very relationship centric so performances are no doubt very interactive. Did you do any preparatory work such as workshops etc with the rest of the team?

We most certainly did and I think that is the perks of working with a production house like Excel because they’re very systematic in the way they function. They are brilliant with their pre-production. I’ve always been lucky that I do get scripts in advance for films even down South so I’m never left to enter the set without knowing what I’ll be doing, but with Fukrey the preparatory work went beyond that. We had a narrative sitting where every actor, no matter how big or small their part in the film is, came and we read out lines. This helped us as we got to know what the film was going to shape up to be. In way we heard the film before we saw the film. I thought it was a brilliant initiative which I’d never experienced before and would love to be able to do something similar for my films down South.

It’s a well known fact now that the reason you went for that intimidating audition that day was because it was backed up by Excel Entertainment, so how has your experience been working with one of the best production houses we have today?

It has been amazing! I’m enamoured by the way they promote and market a film. They also go to such great extent to ensure everyone is on the same page from the word go. I am someone who really is interested in the technical side of film making so it was a huge learning experience that I wish to take back down South with me. I think Fukrey again highlighted the only major difference between the three industries (Tamil, Telugu and Hindi) which is the way the they approach the promotion of a film. Furkey’s promotion has just been so innovative! We had our director and producers entering an event on bicycles and the boys on a horse! It was so out of the box and appropriate for the film.Priya2

Do you think having a producer who also is a creative person brings something more to the table beyond the commercial knowledge about cinema?

Absolutely because Farhan can think like a director, actor, musician and the audience! In that way he has an advantage over everyone else working on the film because he’s so knowledgeable in so many aspects. He’s creativity reflects in the fact that he never repeats anything in any of his work be it as a director or producer which is why he has the kind of credit to his name and work today that he does.

We’ve had a host of movies about the youth and primarily films currently seem to target this large sector of the Indian population, so what do you think sets Fukrey apart from the others?

I agree on the face of it Fukey looks like a film about the youth because everyone is young, new and fresh but at the same time I think no matter how old you are at some point in your life you’ve been a fukra. You’ve been a brat, careless and stubborn. If not that then you’ve known one or wanted to be one. In that way I think Fukrey has a universal appeal.

Why do you think our writers love this concept of youth stories and don’t seem to run out of stories about this phase in life?

I think its because everyone’s youth is very different. So many different experience and personalities to talk about. So there’s many stories to tell about this beautiful time of uncertainty, of dreaming big and wanting so much out of life. It’s the time when you’re most positive. You’re yet to take the steps to put your plans into action, you’re just still dreaming. Slowly one comes to the realisation that reality is something else. So this is a phase we all go through but everyone goes through it in their own way so I guess there’s always a story to tell.

Today you’ve worked with actors as senior as Sridevi, as contemporary as Sharwanand and as new as the cast of Fukrey, so what do you think is the unique thing actors of all three levels bring on the sets?

Working with people like Sridevi is a grounding experience because you realize there’s so much to do still!  You realise there’s a lot of learning and defining of your craft that you’re still to achieve. When you work with new people the energy is all together different. My favourite aspect about working with newcomers is that so hungry to perform! They only bring their best to the set and there’s never a bad day on set! Coming to my contemporaries, when you work with people who are the pulkit3same level as you feel comfortable to go back and worth with them in a healthy competition to see who’ll perform better. The crew of Ko Ante Koti found it really weird that I was always trying to do a scene better than Sharwa, to try and be the scene stealer and would get quite upset when I knew he’d outdone me. So its that comfort that I like when working with your contemporary because you’re on the same page.

Quality of newcomers we are getting today seems to be a lot different than the quality of newcomers in the past, do you think its because everyone is entering the industry having done a lot of preparation?

Definitely! There’s much more exposure and avenues to improve your craft before you enter. When I came in I came in completely unprepared and simply learnt on the job so it took me so much time to find myself and I am still finding myself! I think the newcomers nowadays have much more focus as they’ve been dreaming about becoming an actor all their lives. They are dedicated enough to attend acting classes, dancing classes etc. I think that all that prepares you in various way. But then I have to also say that a lot of newcomer set out replace an existing actor. They want to be the next Shahrukh and Ranbir but what they don’t realize is that Shahrukh and Ranbir were the first of their kind because they brought something new to the table. I approach my career differently in the sense that I don’t want to be replaceable. I don’t want to be the girl they call because they didn’t get the other girl. I want to be the girl they call because they can’t see anyone else playing that role but me. Lucky for me I have gotten to this platform in the Tamil film industry. I think that is the most important aspect and its what gives you longevity and makes you connect with the audience.

Last but not the least, 10 films, 4 years, 3 industries. How does it feel? Do you think you’ve gotten where you had wanted to be at 4 years ago?

I think my career has finally kicked off! 2013 is the year when work has been very exciting for me. Until now films tended to drag and a lot of other stuff was happening. But now I’m at a point where work comes to me, I don’t go looking for it. I find the more open minded I am about the work I want to do, the more insane the opportunities that come my way are and that is what I am so glad to see happening. Initially you’re insecure and you see what you contemporaries are doing and wonder if you’re missing out because you’re not doing ‘that’, but then I realize that I get to do things they don’t. If you’re huge star with a massive market you don’t get the chance to travel across the country work in different industries with the best minds of the industries, which is what I get to do!

Be sure to catch Priya on the big screen this weekend as Fukrey hits a theatre near you on the 14th of June! 

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The relationship audiences of Indian cinema have with it is the reason why I wanted to be a part of it– Priya Anand http://bollyspice.com/the-relationship-audiences-of-indian-cinema-have-with-it-is-the-reason-why-i-wanted-to-be-a-part-of-it-priya-anand/ Fri, 14 Sep 2012 08:06:32 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=48777 Just five films old and an already established star in the Southern film industry, Priya Anand is a girl to look out for! Her awe inspiring respect for cinema and love for the cinema culture of India brought her back across the seven seas from the US with the hope to pursue a career in Indian films. Today she’s worked in three different languages and is geared for what is the biggest film of her career, Gauri Shinde’s English Vinglish. But before we get to English Vinglish, Bollyspice brings up an up close and personal chat with Priya Anand about

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Just five films old and an already established star in the Southern film industry, Priya Anand is a girl to look out for! Her awe inspiring respect for cinema and love for the cinema culture of India brought her back across the seven seas from the US with the hope to pursue a career in Indian films. Today she’s worked in three different languages and is geared for what is the biggest film of her career, Gauri Shinde’s English Vinglish. But before we get to English Vinglish, Bollyspice brings up an up close and personal chat with Priya Anand about all things Priya!

Firstly the most obvious question, why films for you?
I’ve grown up being mesmerised by cinema and just like the average Indian film audience members I too watch films to escape into this make believe world. I love the relationship Indian cinema audiences have with the actors and the films and that relationship can’t be found anywhere else in the world. I’ve grown up with films and more importantly; I’ve grown up on Sridevi films. She had such an impact on me and with hope that I could ever have such an impact on my audiences I entered cinema.

And acting wasn’t your first choice as means to get into cinema?
I just knew I wanted to be part of this world. Initially I’d pursued a career in journalism and communication so imagined myself behind the screens as initially worked in managing channels etc. When I moved to India it was with a view to work with director Shankar. However acting opportunities came to me first and I took it up with a view to going behind the scenes perhaps later.

How did you take the decision to move back to India?
To be honest my relationship with Indian cinema grew much stronger when I made this move. There’s something about it when you move away from your country and you hold onto cinema because it connects you. When I took the decision to move back, my Dad said that I was stepping back instead of forward since people do a lot to migrate to the US. He suggested I do something in LA or Canada with films but I was very clearly that it’s Indian cinema I want to be a part of for the reason that audience’s relationship with cinema in India is so unique.

How has the support of family and friend been since the move and over the years?
They’ve been tremendously supportive. I’m an only child and the best and most dearest gift my parents have given me is my independence. They’ve allowed me to make my decisions, face consequences and good or bad, they’ve been there by my side. They see how hard I’m working now and that this job isn’t easy at all and so their support has grown even more. At times when I’m down they’ll remind me of how far I’ve come.

And their reaction to witnessing you in action?
It’s quite an odd situation for them because this is my work so how I am when giving interviews or when I’m onscreen is not anything like how they know me. A lot of times my friends, who are the same friends I’ve had for years, will tell me that I sound so different in interviews. They find it highly amusing when they see me onscreen in a romantic situations crying over a boy or something. But I have to just say just how tremendously supportive. Most importantly they keep me grounded and haven’t allowed me to loose myself in the process which was initially people’s fear.

How was the experience of facing the camera for the first time, considering you never imagined you’d get into acting?
It was really weird! I was a girl who has grown up in the US and was given something rather melodramatic to do and all I could think was “who talks like that!” But working on my later film 180 changed the way I see my job and has changed me also. It made me realise how I can switch between Priya the person and Priya the actress. A lot of times people simply comment me on that role and say I was so natural but what people don’t realise is to bring about a natural performance is far tougher than doing a melodramatic scene.

Now that we’re talking 180, one of your finest performances in my opinion, how was the experience?
It was a lot of hard work! It wasn’t as effortless as people say it looked. It took a lot out of me as I was playing a character who had everything in one moment and then it all just got snatched away. To top that all up it was a bilingual film so every emotion had to be repeated in another language. But honestly I am so grateful for this film and my director Jayendra who made me realise my craft is more than just make believe. The film helped me find myself as an actor and performer.

Coming to your filmography leading up to 180 you’ve starred in primarily what the industry would class as “two heroine” films, so I take it that it not something that you give a great deal of importance to?
Absolutely. I don’t care about it at all. I am not concerned about my screen time, I just want to be part of a great script. With 180, I had Nithya Menon who is such a brilliant actress! A genuine performance in a good script gets recognised regardless. With my debut Telugu film Leader, my role of Ratna Prabha was so well received by the Telugu audiences and it wasn’t a single lead role. Then I did Rama Rama Krishna Krishna, which was a full out commercial film and again a two heroine film. It was an experience to be part of a true commercial piece of cinema. And now with English Vinglish, I’m in a film where Sridevi is the star! And as intimidating as it was to perform in front of her, to be able to hold my own in front of a person like Sridevi just helps me become a more stronger performer.

So would you say you know what you want when you read a script? Do we have criteria to abide by?
For me it is working with people I’m comfortable with. I’m not a film school student. I need to make sure I am working with people who’ll help me build even more on my existing respect for cinema, I don’t want to have any bad experiences. Money’s not a motivation nor is the name of the person. It’s the ability to learn from them. Jayendra was a first time director but the moment I met him I knew that a lot was to be learnt from him. With English Vinglish it was slightly different as when I read the script not only did I enjoy it thoroughly, I knew I had to be a part of this because it was so important to Sridevi. It was her comeback and I got to be part of this moment.

We end our introductory interview with Priya Anand on that note and promise to bring you more from the actress about her experience of shooting for her idol’s comeback film, English Vinglish. Stay tuned to Bollyspice!

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Amy Jackson shooting with Vikram for Thaandavam http://bollyspice.com/amy-jackson-shooting-with-vikram-for-thaandavam/ Mon, 11 Jun 2012 06:15:23 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=44804 British actress and former Miss Teen World Amy Jackson is currently shooting for her upcoming film in London. Jackson, who was last seen in Ek Deewana Tha, has been filming in the British capital with Vikram (Raavan) for her third Indian feature film since early May. Thaandavam is directed by A. L. Vijay and also stars Anushka Shetty. BollySpice can exclusively report that the 21-year-old actress filmed important scenes for Thaandavam in Battersea, London with Vikram and Santhanam. The actors shot scenes near Oyster Wharf, Battersea, London on Saturday. Tamil actor Nassar, who was recently seen in UTV’s Rowdy Rathore

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British actress and former Miss Teen World Amy Jackson is currently shooting for her upcoming film in London.

Jackson, who was last seen in Ek Deewana Tha, has been filming in the British capital with Vikram (Raavan) for her third Indian feature film since early May. Thaandavam is directed by A. L. Vijay and also stars Anushka Shetty.

BollySpice can exclusively report that the 21-year-old actress filmed important scenes for Thaandavam in Battersea, London with Vikram and Santhanam.

The actors shot scenes near Oyster Wharf, Battersea, London on Saturday. Tamil actor Nassar, who was recently seen in UTV’s Rowdy Rathore was also present on location.

Other shooting locations include Wimbledon, Tower Bridge and Camden.

Thaandavam is a Tamil action film set in London and will release in the UK later this year through UTV Motion Pictures.

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