Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sanjana plays title role in female oriented film Sloka

Sanjana plays the title role in forthcoming Kannada film Sloka. The film is a female oriented suspense thriller directed by software engineer Mahindra.
Gorgeous Sanjana romances two hero’s in the film and they are newcomers. The film will launch on June 12 and Mahindra’s directorial debut Black will release on the same day.
Sloka will start its shooting from June 13. Sanjana said “I was really keen on doing a female oriented movie and there I go and found the right suspense thriller.”
The beautiful and talented actress Sanjana made her debut in Kannada film Genda Hendathi, a remake of Hindi film Murder. The success of her maiden Telugu film Bujjigadu changed her fortune. Her hands are full with offers from Kannada and Telugu.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Expanding horizons: Ananya

Ayilya aka Ananya, who made her debut in the Malayalam film Positive, pairs with Sasikumar in her maiden Tamil venture Nadodikal. KK Moidu writes
Although VK Prakash’s Positive didn’t receive positive response from the audience, the heroine of the film Ananya was noticed by the industry. She was flooded with offers not only from her home turf, but also from neighbouring states. Now she is pairing opposite Jayaram as one of the heroines in the forthcoming Malayalam film Rahasya Police directed by K Madhu. However, one-film-fame Ananya has had enough luck to make her Tamil film debut as a heroine in Nadodikal. Her male lead of the film is director/writer/actor/producer Sasikumar. Earlier, he was an assistant to Bala and Ameer and had proved his mettle as an actor/director in Subramaniyapuram, a quality entertainer with lesser known faces. Nadodikal has already gained the attention of the industry because of its realistic story, talented hero and its enthusiastic director. Samudrakani, who played the villain in Subramaniyapuram, directs Nadodikal. The film is based on the lives of four friends whose lives change forever after a shocking incident. Ananya plays a village girl named Nallamma in Nadodikal. She doesn’t know much about the modern world. Her character possesses its own mannerisms. Ananya GK Nair was born on March 29, 1988 in Perumbavoor. She is the daughter of VN Gopalakrihsnan Nair and Praseetha G Nair. She completed her Plus Two from Government Higher Secondary School in Perumbavoor and is currently doing her BA in Communicative English. She is a State champion in archery and is a national sportsperson. She won several prizes in school and college for her participation in kadhaprasangam, mono act, dance and music.

Excerpts from her email interview

Tell us about your debut film and how it happened.
I debuted as one of the heroines in Jayasoorya starrer Positive. I was selected for the role by the director VK Prakash and writer SN Swami, who watched my performance in the Kairali TV reality show Star Wars.
Did you groom yourself for a film career? I wished for it. I have entered the film industry at the age of eight as a child artiste in Vridhanmare Sookshikkuka. But I didn’t try much for it. As I began to get offers after Star Wars, I decided to go for it.
What has been your experience in film industry? As a beginner, so far it is very good, as I got to know what this career really means and how hard this job of acting is.
Tell us about your character in Rahasya Police? My character’s name is Bhama and I am one among the four heroines in Rahasya Police. I don the role of an investigator, but am basically a college student. It is a serious role and I am a bold character in it!
Which kind of roles you want to do in future? One that use my talents to the maximum. I like to avoid glamorous roles. I am interested in doing the classic type of movies, like what was enacted by Rekha, Revathi and Sobhana.
Your views on actress being used as glamour dolls? No comments, except that I don’t want to go for it!
How did you bag the role in Tamil film Nadodikal? They had a type of selection with more than 3,000 photos from all over South India. My photo was rejected initially as it was thought I was a fat girl. Later, they came to Kochi and happened to meet me. They were surprised I was not that fat as they thought and selected me for the heroine’s role.
How was Tamil filmdom? I don’t have words to explain how nice I feel there. May be it is because of the crew with which I worked. Sasikumar and Samudrakani were really very supportive and influence even my personal character. They made me realise that I have something worthy in me. They have always tried hard to tap the maximum talent of mine in every shot with their repeated encouragement. I became more serious in my film career after working with them.
Any difference between acting in Malayalam and Tamil? I think patience matters a lot. In Tamil, they wait patiently and retake shots for perfection. That, I didn’t ever see in Malayalam.
How do you choose your movies? Like everyone, I look into the character and how important is my role in the film. If the role suits me, I consider the costumes, as I am not ready to appear in revealing costumes.
Were your parents and family supportive of your film career? My parents were extremely supportive, whether it is for acting or any other thing. They want me to be happy and they will surely be with me in this career, until I take a decision to quit.
Does your family have any links with films? Yes, to a limit. My father was the producer of Pai Brothers and some family friends are also involved in film industry.
Did you ever try your luck on the mini-screen and modelling before your entry into filmdom? No. It got started only after my entry into the film industry. I am not really interested in the mini-screen but I do modelling in my free time. Did you dub your voice for the films? I didn’t dub my voice in Positive. But I am lending my voice to Nallamma for the first time in Nadodikal. It was a real experience for me.
To whom you give the credit of your success? To God Almighty first, then my parents, my friends and relatives, and to each crew I worked with.
Your favourite actor and actress? I don’t have a favourite actor or actress. It is their characters that matter to me. What are your future plans? To sustain myself in this industry as long as I can. And if time and luck allows, I wish to direct movies. Rest I leave to God.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Double delight: Jayaram

Jayaram, who made a strong comeback by portraying Sugunan in Veruthe Oru Bharya, dons a double role in Rahasya Police directed by K Madhu. KK Moidu writes
Jayaram teams up with senior director K Madhu after a long interval of nearly two decades in the forthcoming film Rahasya Police. Although K Madhu has contributed several hit films and Jayaram was one of the successful hero of that time, their earlier film Randaam Varavu bombed at the box office.
Jayaram plays a double role in Rahasya Police, one as a funny sub inspector Rajan and the other as a notorious gangster Chalai Mani. According to reports, Jayaram dons a third role in the film as a CBI Officer. The possibility of the CBI officer role can’t be ruled out because director K Madhu had created the successful investigative thriller Oru CBI Diarykurippu and its sequels Jagratha, Sethurama Iyer CBI and Nerariyan CBI with Mammootty in the lead. These were household name to the cinegoers of the State.
Samvrutha Sunil
Rahasya Police, a crime thriller, is scripted by SN Swamy, a favourite of K Madhu, who has teamed up with the director in many hits. The film features five heroines and they are By The People fame Mangala, Samvrutha Sunil, Sindhu Menon, Ayilya and Shivani. Siyad Kokker produces the action-based family drama under the banner of Kokkers films.
Once known as a safe star at the box office, Jayaram was going through a lean patch in his career. He bounced back as a family hero in the superhit Veruthe Oru Bharya directed by debutante Akku Akbar. The success of Veruthe Oru Bharya and Twenty Twenty earned him lead roles in reputed banners and lead director’s films. His recently released Bhagyadevatha was directed by Sathyan Anthikkad and Samastha Keralam PO was produced by Howly Pottur. He will also play the lead in forthcoming Purathekkulla Vazhi directed by TV Chandran.
Purathekkulla Vazhi is based on Kakkanadan’s novel Thulavarsham and it will be produced by CN Preman, Nizamudhin, Salim, Rajeev and Suku under the banner of Sangachithra.
Sindhu Menon
However, Jayaram, an expert in performing comedy and sentimental roles has succeeded in winning the hearts of family audience by portraying unemployed youth and other sympathetic roles with ease. He excelled in comedy roles because of his mimicry background. The talented actor’s films were performing well at the box office and his name was on the top list of actors in Malayalam films.
But things change with the entry of Dileep. He also had the same mimicry background and Dileep was repeatedly cast in sentimental and comedy roles, which would have naturally gone to Jayaram.
Directors like Rafi-Mecartin, who made hit films with Jayaram in the lead has started making films with Dileep in the lead and those films were hits at the box office.
Although Jayaram has acted in more than thirty Malayalam films in the last ten years, only few like Yathrakkarude Shradhakku, Manassinakkare, Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal etc. were the only hits at the box office. His attempt to deliver a superhit with his winning teammate Rajasenan in Madhuchandralekha with his lucky heroine Urvasi didn’t come upto the expectations, but Urvasi won the State award for best actress. Other Jayaram films like Novel, Sooryan, Anchil Oral Arjunan, Sarkar Dada, Pauran etc. were shattered at the box office.
But the surprise success of Veruthe Oru Bharya has given him a new chance in his career. The success of the film once again made him a hot property among the Malayalam audience. His recently released two films are Samastha Keralam PO and Bhagyadevatha. Samastha Keralam PO is a hilarious entertainer directed by Bipin Prabhakar based on the plot about the elections of a local Panchayath. Jayaram is playing the role of a Panchayath member in the film. Priyanka and debutante Sera are the heroines of the film.
Bhagyadevatha directed by Sathyan Anthikkad is declared a hit at the box office within few days of its release. Sathyan-Jayaram duo has earlier delivered hits like Mazhavilkaavadi, Thoovalkottaram, Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal, Manassinakkare etc.
Jayaram is pairing opposite Kanihaa in the family comedy entertainer Bhagyadevatha. Bhagyadevatha was released in 70 theatres and this is the first time in Kerala, a Jayaram film is making a wide release. The film is expected to be another superhit of the year. Bhagyadevatha is produced by MM Hamza under the banner of Kalasangam.
Jayaram, who has acted in more than 200 films in his more than two decades career, has never won a National or State Award for best actor. The success of his recently released films has given him the much-needed boost in his career. The actor can now definitely hope for a best actor award in TV Chandran’s Purathekkulla Vazhi.

Sparks of versatility: Anand Narayan

Singer-performer Anand Narayan was in Dubai recently to participate in Amrita TV’s 4th anniversary celebrations at Al Nasr Leisureland. KK Moidu met him

Although singer-performer and presenter Anand Narayan did not win the first prize as a participant in reality shows like Super Star Global and Idea Star Singer, he is more popular and successful than any of the participants from these shows today. He has made his mark as a presenter.
Anand was born in Thiruvananthapuram and completed his B.Tech degree in computer science from SCT College of Engineering. He first tasted being in the limelight as the presenter of Let's Dance, a highly popular dance reality show for couples, aired on Amrita TV. He was simultaneously working as a software engineer in Bangalore. Soon TV music reality shows like Voice Hunt, Super Star Global and Idea Star Singer catapulted him into the public eye, making him a household name overnight. His work as presenter also gave him a break as a playback singer and actor. Malayalam film Orkkuka Vallappozhum marks Anand’s debut as a playback singer. The song Mamboo Paadam is by him. His versatility is evident from the fact that he has sung a fast number, Sunday Sooryan, in the forthcoming Jayasoorya starrer Ivar Vivahitharayi.

Anand has a role in the Suresh Gopi starrer IG directed by B Unnikrishnan and is also anchoring Style Bhai, a show on men’s fashion currently being aired on Amrita TV. He has also made appearances as a presenter on Kiran TV and Asianet Plus. However, music is his forte and he has sung for many albums. At present, he has taken leave and is focusing on his career as a singer-artiste.

Tell us about your musical background and family?

I started learning music at the age of 10 and was trained in the Hindustani and Carnatic styles by Perumbavoor G Ravindranath, Ramesh Narayan and Adoor Sudarsan.
My father Purushothaman is a manager at Titanium and mother Savithri is working with State Bank of Travancore. I have an elder sister and she is married.
How did you get interested in music?

I have been addicted to Vayalar poems since childhood. At school I won several prizes for poetry recitation, including the first prize at the State Youth Festival. After joining college, my interest in poetry gradually led me to a music career.

How did you manage music and engineering studies together?

I participated in light music competitions at college functions. The inspiration and support of my friends and family helped me to continue my studies and music together.

How did you get the opportunity to participate in TV music reality shows?

After completing my graduation, I was working in Bangalore as a software engineer. At that time I attended the audition of SS Music Voice Hunt. I also cleared the audition of Superstar Global and Idea Star Singer.

How did you get the opportunity to present Let's Dance?

I was one among the 21 final participants of Super Star Global aired on Amrita TV. When Amrita started the new programme Let's Dance I was selected as the host.
What was your experience as a host of Let's Dance like?

It was a very good experience in my career. It increased my confidence and gave me the opportunity to meet many celebrity guests present on the show. My dancing skills also improved during this time.
After presenting the programme, I received offers to perform on stage and present shows in India and abroad in countries like the United Arab Emirates, Russia, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

How did you get the opportunity to sing for Orkkuka Vallappozhum?
Music director M Jayachandran was a judge at the Super Star Global and he gave me the opportunity to sing in the film.

You also made your film debut as an actor in IG, How did you get the role? Do you intend to continue your acting career in films?

I would like to continue my career as an actor. Director B Unnikrishnan, who was a celebrity guest at Let's Dance offered me the role in IG and he has a good opinion about my performance.

Tell us about your ongoing and future projects?

I am singing a fast number Sunday Sooryan in the forthcoming Jayasoorya starrer Ivar Vivahitharayi. I have completed a few albums and anchoring Style Bhai on Amrita TV.
I will also be participating in stage programmes in Switzerland and Germany as a host-cum-singer.

Who is your favourite singer and music director?

I like Shankar Mahadevan’s stage performances and love the music of Raveendran, AR Rehman and Ilayaraja.

You are a singer, a host and an actor…what do you like the most?
I like to be a presenter and singer on stage shows. As a playback singer I have sung only two songs and acted in only one film.

Photograph: Nisham A Manaf