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When talking about the great cinematographers of India, one name that has to be at the top is Santosh Sivan. He has won over 13 National Awards, was recently honored with a Padma Shri and also is the first Indian cinematographer to be inducted into the American Society of Cinematographers. Not only does he focus the lens and set the frame in both Indian and English films, he also has sat in the director’s chair to create his own magic. His credits include Dil Se, Asoka, The Terrorist, Before the Rains, Thalapathi, Raavan, Iruvar, Roja, Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani, and more.
As part of the London Indian Film Festival on July 11th, Mr. Sivan will be giving a special master class. I was lucky enough to chat with Mr. Sivan about his career, and it was a fascinating conversation covering many different and interesting topics. Enjoy!
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- Stacey Yount
Chennai, Feb 12: Tamil filmmaker P. Vasu, who has been chosen to helm the yet-untitled Kannada remake of recent Malayalam blockbuster "Drishyam", says it was senior actor Ravichandran who referred his name.
"I loved the film, but even before I thought of remaking it Tamil or Telugu, I realised that the remake rights were sold and even its principal casting was finished. However, when a production house called me to direct the Kannada version of the remake, I was up for it," Vasu told Ians.
In the film, Kannada film veteran Ravichandran will reprise the role that Mohanlal played in the original. Vasu says it was Ravichandran who referred his name to the producers.
"Ravi had referred my name to the producers. We've. »
- Arun Pandit
Chennai, Feb 6: Superstar Mohanlal-starrer Malayalam thriller "Drishyam", which celebrates its 50-day run Thursday, has emerged as the biggest hit in Malayalam filmdom. The film has so far collected over Rs.35 crore at the box-office.
The film, which released Dec 19 last year, was reportedly made on a budget of Rs.4.5 crore.
"It celebrates 50-day run at the box-office not only in Kerala but as well as in Tamil Nadu. We don't know the exact figure but it has raked in over Rs.35 crore so far. It has turned out to be biggest hit in Malayalam industry," trade analyst Trinath told Ians.
A tautly made thriller, the film. »
- Abhijeet Sen
Chennai, Feb 4: Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan will commence filming the yet-to-be-titled Tamil remake of recent Malayalam blockbuster "Drishyam" from the second half of 2014, says director Jeethu Joseph.
"Kamal sir has expressed interest to act in the Tamil remake of the film. We will start shooting from the second half of 2014. The rest of the cast and crew will be finalised soon," Jeethu, who will also direct the remake, told Ians.
"Drishyam", which. »
- Rahul Kapoor
Chennai, Jan 20: Legendary Tamil filmmaker K. Balachander, who recently watched Malayalam blockbuster "Drishyam", in an email to the team said the film doesn't underestimate the intelligence of the viewer, and lauded Mohanlal for his work.
"The cleverness is in the understanding the potential of a film. 'Drishyam' is a film that doesn't underestimate the intelligence of the audience. It's a combined effort of how a director and his actors work in sync professionally," Balachander said.
"My salute to Mohanlal. This film is his personal triumph and I don't think there are too many actors with his caliber today. 'Drishyam' should be celebrated as a victory of Indian cinema, not just Malayalam alone," he added.
- Diksha Singh
10. Chitrangada Singh (I, Me Aur Main)
Beginning her career as a model in Delhi, Chitrangada Singh made her debut on the Bollywood screen with Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2005). Her performance as Geeta Rao, firstly a student caught up against volatile political and social issues in India and then a woman who chooses to be with the man she loves, rather than her husband, had won her critical acclaim.
The year 2013 saw Chitrangada as Anushka Lal opposite John Abraham in I, Me Aur Main (Dir. Kapil Sharma). Playing the role of a girlfriend who is frustrated at her boyfriend Ishaan for the lack of responsibilities and maturity he shows, Chitrangada gauged the conflicting emotions gracefully. She emotively portrayed the fine balance between assertiveness and her broken feelings.
9. Huma Qureshi (Ek Thi Dayaan)
- Aashi Gahlot
What do you expect when two superstars, Mohanlal and Vijay, are pitted against each other in a film where they play a father and son? Fireworks! There's plenty of it in "Jilla", and lots of commercial elements aimed at appealing to every fan of the superstars. But the film doesn't have an engaging screenplay to keep you hooked for three long hours and that's precisely why it's an exercise in futility.
The 10 steps approach followed by the makers of "Jilla" are as follows.
Step 1: Two superstars are cast. In order to give them equal. »
- Leon David
Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 10: The craze over Malayalam superstar Mohanlal starrer Tamil action drama "Jilla" was such that the fans queued outside the cinema halls in the night to see the film, which opened Friday with the first show at 5 a.m.
"It's a great film and I am delighted that I was able to see the first show at 5 a.m. We have been waiting since last evening in front of the theatre here," said a group of Mohanlal's fans.
Interestingly, Mohanlal's distribution company has got the distribution rights for the film in the state.
In the state capital itself, six theatres are running. »
- Shiva Prakash
Chennai, Jan 9: Telugu actor Daggubati Venkatesh has expressed interest in the Telugu remake of recent Malayalam blockbuster "Drishyam". But he is yet to sign on the dotted line, said his manager.
"The talks are on but he hasn't confirmed the project yet. He really liked it and so has expressed interest in the remake," Venkatesh's manager told Ians.
A family thriller, "Drishyam" is racing towards becoming the biggest Malayalam blockbuster of recent times. It reportedly minted over Rs.7 crore at the box office in its first week.
- Amith Ostwal
Chennai, Jan 8: Producer R.B. Chaudhary, who has teamed up with superstar Vijay for the sixth time in the forthcoming Tamil action-drama "Jilla", hopes the movie turns out to be a hit when it releases Friday.
"This is our sixth film with Vijay. Our combination has resulted in several hits in the past and I hope we score another hit together. The film has come out very well and it is a special one because it's the 85th film from our banner," Chaudhary told Ians.
- Arun Pandit
Chennai, Jan 7: Southern actress Kajal Agarwal, who has teamed up Malayalam superstar Mohanlal in forthcoming Tamil action-drama "Jilla", said that sharing screen space with him was an overwhelming experience for her.
Directed by debutant Neason and produced by R.B. Chaudhary, the film also features Poornima Bhagyaraj, Mahat Raghavendra,. »
- Amith Ostwal
11 items from 2014
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