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Six years and four languages: What explains Dulquer Salmaan's pan-Indian appeal?

MollywoodFrom his sartorial taste to the ease with which he slips into languages, Dulquer has succeeded in becoming Kerala's truly pan-Indian male star.Aradhya KurupOne can’t say for sure whether it was a calculated move to launch his son through a noir gangster film helmed by a new director, but the fact remains that it was easily the smartest thing the veteran superstar dad Mammootty did, especially when the son had such a formidable lineage staring back at him. It was the most avant-garde debut for the son of a superstar in Indian cinema. Since then Dulquer Salmaan has had a great 6 years in cinema. We take a quick look at his journey as he enters a new year of his life and is about to make his Bollywood debut. The beginning Look at it this way, Second Show (2012), directed by Srinath Rajendran came at a time when social media wasn’t as thriving,
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Thilakan, Jagathy, Seema, Jalaja and others: The long list of Mollywood’s unsung stars

MollywoodThese stars have made handsome contributions but have remained unrecognised throughout their careers.CV AravindIn the Malayalam film industry, only the so-called upper crust of actors have always remained in the limelight. Also, the industry has always adopted different yardsticks for its male and women actors. Over the years, however, there is a long list of unsung stars who have made handsome contributions but have remained unrecognised right through their careers. Chemmeen, directed by Ramu Kariat, won the President’s Gold Medal for Best Film in 1965 at the National Awards. The film could qualify as one of the earliest multi-starrers with most industry folk landing roles in it thanks to its wide canvas. Two characters in this epic novel by Jnanpith Award winning writer Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai were those of Chemban Kunju and his wife Chakki Marakkaiyi. Kariat chose veterans Kottarakkara Sreedharan Nair and Adoor Bhavani for the roles and they turned in superlative performances. But the portrayals by these two actors remained unheralded. Incidentally Sreedharan Nair’s son Saikumar remains one of the most popular villains in Malayalam cinema and also excels in character roles. One of Mollywood’s mainstays where story and scriptwriting is concerned has been another Jnanpith awardee Mt Vasudevan Nair, who has also directed well-known films such as Nirmalyam (1973) and Oru Chiru Punchiri (2000). In Nirmalyam, theatre artiste Pj Anthony, from whom the late Thilakan picked up his craft, was cast in the main role of a velichapad (oracle). The most riveting sequence in the film was the climax. Sword in hand, the character approaches the idol of the goddess who had failed him and his family. With great deliberation he draws the sword across his forehead and begins to bleed profusely. Gathering spittle in his mouth he spews it in a blob mingled with his blood at the deity, collapses in a heap and dies. One wonders whether a scene like this can get past the censors in today’s India. Antony won the National Award for Best Actor that year. He revealed his angst at the raw deal that he had been receiving at the hands of the industry in his acceptance speech. Another actor who could have been utilised much better was the late Premji, who enacted the role of Professor Eachera Warrier, the grief-stricken father of student Rajan, a victim of the Emergency in Piravi (1989). The directorial debut of cinematographer Shaji N Karun, it fetched Premji a National Award but the publicity remained low-key. One actor whose long career witnessed several highs and lows was undoubtedly Thilakan, who had to serve an unofficial ban after some industry bigwigs took offence at some remarks he made. There was a time when Thilakan, who began with small, insignificant roles in films, had become indispensable. And rightly so, for very few of his contemporaries could hold a candle to him where portrayals of diverse characters were concerned. Can one imagine films like Rithubhedam, Mookilla Rajyathu or Spadikam without Thilakan? Directors like Vinayan who too had to face the industry’s wrath on various occasions ensured that Thilakan remained a part of all his films. Director Ranjith, who cast Thilakan as Dulquer Salmaan’s grandfather in his film Ustad Hotel, when questioned on opting for the actor reportedly stood up to the actor’s detractors and demanded that they produce a better actor than Thilakan for the role he had in mind. Thilakan’s contemporaries including the likes of the late Narendra Prasad, no mean actor himself, had the highest regard for him. Thilakan’s departure from the scene has left a void that is yet to be filled. Among underrated actors in Malayalam cinema, the comedians deserve a notable mention. One of the most successful comedians was Jagathy Sreekumar, who was seriously injured in a car accident in 2012 and still remains out of action eight years later. Jagathy was always a delight to watch on screen and, in tandem with actors like Innocent, could bring the roof down with their antics. The laugh riot Kabooliwala, which featured the duo, still remains green in memory. Two comedians who nailed the lie that comics in Malayalam films were good only at slapstick and buffoonery were Salim Kumar and Suraj Venjaramoodu, both National Award winners. Salim won his award for Adaminte Makan Abu, a moving film about a poor man who yearns to go on the Haj against heavy odds. His role in Achanurangatha Veedu as an anguished father whose daughter is trafficked and raped was no less memorable. Suraj proved that he could deliver in serious roles with the Dr Biju directed Perariyathavar, which fetched him several awards including the National Award. Cast as a municipal sweeper, Suraj simply lived the role. In more recent times he did a wonderful job in Dileesh Pothan’s Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum. Such roles have, however, been few and far in between and with the films failing to cut ice with the masses it is back to square one for these fine actors. Siddique (not to be mistaken for the reputed director of the same name) is another actor who has been around for over three decades but is yet to make it to the top bracket. There is hardly any kind of role that Siddique has not done; in some films he has even donned multiple disguises. Like another star who now does character roles after playing the hero for decades, Nedumudi Venu who remains an inevitable part of most films, Siddique too has never had a dearth of assignments. But where star ratings are concerned, Siddique has never been able to rise to the heights of his contemporaries like Mammootty or Mohanlal though he has been an integral part of most of their films. Script and screenplay specialist, actor, director and producer Sreenivasan is another star performer who has given the industry several hits in all capacities. Although his forte has remained the comedy genre, Sreenivasan has also played the hero with aplomb. Films like Sandesham and Mazhayethum Munpe fetched him state awards for Best Screenplay. Sreeni’s son Vineet has now established himself as a singer, actor and director as well and his other son Dhyaan too has followed in his father and brother’s footsteps. It is only in recent times that heroine oriented films have caught on in Mollywood thanks largely to the ability of actors like Manju Warrier, Rima Kallingal and Parvathi Thiruvoth to carry a film on their shoulders. Sharada, a brilliant two-time National Award winning actor, remained in the shadow of superstars like Sathyan and Prem Nazir. It was the late cinematographer-director Vincent who cast her in a woman-oriented film, Thulabharam. Sukumari, a gifted dancer and actor, cousin of the famous Travancore sisters Lalitha, Padmini and Ragini, and director Bharathan’s wife, and Kpac Lalitha, a versatile actor in her own right, are two stars who remained in the periphery right through their long careers. Seema was not director IV Sasi’s first choice for his bold, pathbreaking film Avalude Ravukal. The story of a woman who turns sex worker was pitched to many heroines but Sasi drew a blank as not only was the subject taboo but there were quite a few risqué scenes as well. The film became a blockbuster and Seema was flooded with roles. The one-time background dancer in films would later prove her mettle in the Mt Vasudevan Nair scripted Aaroodam, directed again by Sasi, whom she married. Sasi’s Aalkkoottathil Thaniye was another film in which she delivered a stunning performance. Seema later faded away and was last seen in Tamil TV serials. The petite Jalaja too was another dignified performer in the 1970s and 80s. Introduced by the late Aravindan in Thampu, Jalaja went on to work with ace directors like Lenin Rajendran in Venal and Adoor Gopalakrishnan in Elippathayam. The Malayalam film industry boasts of some of the finest acting talent in Indian cinema. But Dame Luck smiles only on a few of them. But the rest, far from being disheartened, have always laboured with sincerity and devotion to their craft. And their contribution to the industry’s growth has been nothing short of phenomenal. Also read: Her story: 12 Malayalam films where women characters have their own arc
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Anwar Rasheed quashes rumours of teaming up with Dulquer

Dulquer Salmaan is on a signing spree with the star having a handful of projects in various stages of production. And recently, news surfaced that he would be teaming up with director Anwar Rasheed who had directed him in Ustad Hotel.

Reports also went on to suggest that he would be playing a cop in the movie. Newbie Shiva Prasad has penned the story and Anton Joseph will be bankrolling the project, added sources.
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Festival in Mumbai to screen films by 2012 National Award winning women

Festival in Mumbai to screen films by 2012 National Award winning women
A still from Celluloid Man

The Red Dot Film Festival, an initiative by Wift (Women in Film and Television) will screen films by women who won national awards in 2012 for fields as diverse as costume design, voice narration and editing.

The screening will be on for three days – 23rd, 24th, 25th August from 10am-10pm at Films Division, Peddar Road, Mumbai.

There will be Q&A sessions with the winners after every screening. The films to be screened include Dhag (Usha Jadhav), Timbaktu (Rintu Thomas), Celluloid Man (Irene Dhar Malik), Ustad Hotel (Anjali Menon) and Delhi Safari (Anupama Patil) among others.

Screenings will be followed by an informal networking evening on 25th August, 8pm onwards.

The event is free for Wift members. For non-members, the charges are Inr 50 per screening, Inr 150 for day pass, Inr 400 for the festival pass and Inr 500 for the networking event.

For registration, email wiftreddotfilmfestival.doattend.
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Complete list of films: 10th Indian Film Festival Stuttgart

10th Indian film festival Stuttgart has announced its selection. The festival will take place from July 17 to 21 in the German city of Stuttgart.

Here is the complete list of films to be screened at the festival:-

Ashok Rane’s doucmentay Being with Apu

Blood Brothers by Steve Hoover

Dancing Colours by Stuttgart Media University students

Liv & Ingmar by Dheeraj Akolkar

Much Ado about Knotting by Geetika Narang Abbasi and Anandana Kapur

No Problem! 6 Months with the Barefoot Grandmamas by Yasmin Kidwai

Powerless by Fahad Mustafa and Deepti Kakkar

Resonance of Mother’s Melody by Dip Bhuyan

Salma by Kim Longinotto

The Human Factor by Rudradeep Bhattacharjee

The World Before her by Nisha Pahuja

Bombay Talkies by Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar and Zoya Akhtar

Shahid by Hansal Mehta

Chokher Bali by Rituparno Ghosh

Bawdi – The Well by Viver Soni

Paroksh by Kuldip Patel

Thaambadhyam by Yugandhara Muthukrishnan

Umbartha by
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Sarath Kumar takes special interest in production

Sarath Kumar takes special interest in production
Chennai, March 23: Buoyed by the news that Malayalam comedy "Ustad Hotel" pocketed three National awards this year, Tamil actor R. Sarath Kumar has expressed interest to co-produce more films with the film's producer Listin Stephen.

Listin and Sarath are awaiting the release of Tamil drama "Chennaiyil Oru Naal", Tamil remake of Malayalam hit "Traffic", which they have co-produced.

"Sarath Kumar has congratulated Listin on the National award win. They are looking forward to the release of 'Chennaiyil Oru Naal', which they believe has shaped well. Sarath has plans to remake and co-produce few more movies such as 'Puli Vaal' among.
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13 National Film Awards for Malayalam movies

13 National Film Awards for Malayalam movies
Thiruvananthapuram, March 18: Malayalam films did not win any of major National Film Awards, but they jointly secured 13 awards.

The awards were announced in Delhi Monday. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy applauded the efforts of all the awardees for keeping the Malayalam film's flag flying high with 13 awards.

The 13 nods include four awards, which were shared, including the Indira Gandhi Award for the best debut film of a director, which was jointly picked by "101 Chodiyangal" with Hindi film "Chittagong".

The award for the best popular film for providing wholesome entertainment has been shared by "Ustad Hotel" with another Hindi.
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Thilakan refuses to 'bow out', award comes posthumously

Thilakan refuses to 'bow out', award comes posthumously
Thiruvananthapuram, March 18: The master actor that he was, Thilakan refuses to bow out from the film industry even after his death -- a special mention award came his way for the stellar performance in the Malayalam film "Ustad Hotel".

The 60th National Film Awards were announced in Delhi Monday, and this film was one of the last in which Thilakan featured before passing away Sep 24, 2012.

Beginning his career through theatre in the mid-1950s, Thilakan took the Malayalam film industry by storm since his first outing in 1979 in the film "Ulkadal".

He acted in close to 300 films in most south Indian languages.

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“Paan Singh Tomar” wins National Award 2012 for Best Film

“Paan Singh Tomar” wins National Award 2012 for Best Film
Paan Singh Tomar (Hindi) directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia was declared the Best Film at the 60th National Film Awards announced today at a joint Press Conference addressed by the Chairpersons of the three juries; Basu Chatterjee for Feature Films, Aruna Raje for Non-Feature Films and Swapan Mullick for Best Writing on Cinema.

In non-feature film category, the award for the Best Film went to Shepherds of Paradise (Gojri & Urdu) produced and directed by Raja Shabir Khan. In the category of Best Writing on Cinema section, the book ‘Silent Cinema in India – A Pictorial Journey’ (English) written by B.D. Garga has bagged the top honour, whereas P.S. Radhakrishnan has been conferred the award for the Best film Critic.

Chittagong (Hindi) and 101 Chodiyangal (Malayalam) have shared the Indira Gandhi award for the Best Debut Film of a Director. The award for the Best Popular Film for providing wholesome entertainment has
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Bolivian film “Pacha” to open 1st Kochi International Film Festival

Bolivian film “Pacha” to open 1st Kochi International Film Festival
Pacha, a Bolivian film by Héctor Ferreiro will open the first edition of the Kochi International Film Festival today. The festival that will run from December 16-23 will be inaugurated by Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy.

The festival will screen films from Latin America, Europe, Asia and USA, apart from films on the 100 Years of Indian Cinema and Centenary of Masters.

A total of 50 international films and 24 Indian films will be screened. Five films from Thailand, eight from Poland six films from Iran will be a part of the international section. While 18 Malayalam, one Tulu film and three Hindi films are in the line-up.

Line up of films:

100 Years of Indian Cinema

Malayalam Golden 10:

Elippathayam (The Rat Trap) by Adoor Gopalakrishnan

Chidambaram by G. Aravindan

Danny by T. V. Chandran

Amma Ariyan by John Abraham

Oppol by K. S. Sethumadhavan

Nirmalyam by M. T. Vasudevan Nair

Uppu by Pavithran

Olavum Theeravum by P.
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Siddharth regrets not working with Thilakan - News

Siddharth regrets not working with Thilakan - News
Mumbai, Sep 24: Southern actor Siddharth rues that he missed the chance of working with veteran Malayalam actor Thilakan, who died Monday morning.

Thilakan, who featured in 300 films in his acting career, was in critical condition after suffering two heart attacks. He was 74.

"Malayalam great Thilakan sir is no more. Grew up watching his brilliant understated performances. Was supposed to do 'Ustad Hotel' with.
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Malayalam actor Thilakan is dead - News

Malayalam actor Thilakan is dead - News
Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 24: Veteran Malayalam actor Thilakan passed away at a hospital here early Monday. He was 74.

The actor, who died at 3 a.m., was in a critical condition after suffering two heart attacks. He was part of nearly 300 films, most of them in Malayalam.

Beginning his career in the 1950s, he became famous with his 1979 film "Ulkadal". His latest film was "Ustad Hotel".

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Actor Thilakan's condition critical - News

Actor Thilakan's condition critical - News
Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 25: Veteran actor Thilakan, 74, is in a critical condition after suffering two heart attacks, doctors treating him here said Saturday. The actor from Kerala has been part of nearly 300 films, most of them in Malayalam.

Thilakan has been put on the ventilator.

Beginning his career in the fifties, he became famous with his 1979 film "Ulkadal". His latest film, "Ustad Hotel", is currently running.
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