Monday, September 1, 2014

MGR’s Re-Mastered AAYIRATHIL ORUVAN Silver Jubilee, A Rare Distinction!

In today’s era when even a Rs 200 crore movie, is unable to run for 25 days in cinema houses, late Tamil superstar MGR’s digitally re-mastered movie AAYIRATHIL ORUVAN has created a record run of Silver Jubilee (175 days) in couple of theatres in Chennai! 

To celebrate the occasion, a grand music programme featuring popular orchestra Lakshman Sruthi playing MGR’s greatest hits was held at Kamarajar Arangam on Monday evening with stars like Sarath Kumar, P Vasu etc. attending the event. 

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G Chokkalingam of Divya Films, the firm that restored this film, said, “Today’s generation is not even aware of the term Silver Jubilee, which in the past was the benchmark of a hit movie. Hence the Silver Jubilee run of AAYIRATHIL ORUVAN is of more importance.” 

Applauding the Silver Jubilee celebration event of the movie, he said, “The event was indeed a great tribute to legendary actor MGR.” 

He informed, “ I am happier particularly because when the movie was first released in 1965 and run for over a year, we were unable to have functions to celebrate the milestone because of the anti-Hindi agitations that broke out then forcing the film producers to curtail celebrations. So I am happy that we are able to celebrate our Puratchithalaivar’s (MGR’s sobriquet) success so many years later.” 

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Originally the movie AAYIRATHIL ORUVAN was conceived in 1962 and was released in 1965 in Black and white. It was M. G. Ramachandran's first film with the 14 year old, Jayalalithaa. The astounding success of the movie later made the M.G.R. - Jayalalitha pair the best in the country and they acted together in 28 films. 

AAYIRATHIL ORUVAN, a swashbuckling action-adventure film about sea-pirates and independence achieved against a cruel tyrant was a super duper hit when released. It was digitally restored and re-release in January 2014. Apart from scope conversion from 35mm to digital scope, the film also had a completely re-recorded background music played out by an assistant of M. S. Viswananthan. The digital conversion was done by Prasad EFX, Chennai, who had previously restored KARNAN and PAASA MALAR.

Ranbir Kapoor's much delayed movie ROY starts shooting

Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor's much awaited film ROY that was supposed to be released in June this year but got delayed due to Ranbir Kapoor’s commitment with Anurag Kashyap, Anurag Basu and Imtiaz Ali finally began its shooting in Malaysia recently. 

The news was broken by the movie’s lead actress Jacqueline Fernandez, who shared a snap from the movie’s first day shoot on her Instagram page, exposing her sexy and curvy legs. 

The movie ROY is love triangle with an element of suspense and action. Besides lead actors Ranbir Kapoor and Jacqueline Fernandez, it has Arjun Rampal. The movie is being directed by Ranbir Kapoor’s childhood buddy Vikram Singh.

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Vikram Singh since the past two years has been toying to make a movie with his school mate Ranbir Kapoor but regrettably, one thing or the other has been creating obstacles. Readers may recall he had planned a movie MERA JAHAAN in 2009, first with actress Sonam opposite Ranbir Kapoor but when that did not materialize he had roped in Deepika Padukone to cash on the duo’s romance making headlines. But tragically the two parted away thus shattering poor Vikam’s dream movie. 

Later in 2013 he began ROY and was supposed to shoot in October in a single schedule and release in June this year but this time again destiny deserted him and Ranbir got busy with Anurag Kashyap, Anurag Basu and Imtiaz Ali and his movie got delayed. 

Nevertheless according to film’s producer Bhushan Kumar Ranbir Kapoor has now given multiple dates and the movie shall be completed in one schedule.

Bhushan Kumar said, “We are excited that the film’s schedule has taken off and everything is on track now.” He added, “Jacqueline Fernandez has committed herself for a two month schedule and Ranbir will join the crew in September. The movie will be shot in a start-to-finish schedule of over 50 days in Malaysia. In fact we have even fixed the movie’s release date for the Valentine’s Day weekend in 2015.

Nursery rhymes inspired Bollywood songs corrupting kids mind

Bollywood composers are known for plagiarizing Hollywood top numbers and region tunes but now they have gone so cheap that they are up to stealing nursery rhymes.


Just take a look at some of the songs that are inspired from the nursery rhyme and have been shamelessly adapted by Bollywood music composers like Johnny Johnny …. (IT’S ENTERTAINMENT), ABCD… (YAARIYAN) or Akkad Bakkad…(BOMBAY TALKIES).

Though these songs may have become hit among the listeners but teachers, parents and activists have raised eye brows regarding these songs alleging such forms of entertainment corrupt the minds of toddlers.

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Protesting against such disgrace of popular nursery rhyme an NGO titled Early Childhood Association (ECA) has written a letter to the film industry urging film producers to refrain music composers lifting nursery rhyme tunes as kids are vulnerable at this age and are deeply influenced, particularly by film stars and movies.

Swati Popat Vats, president of ECA India in her letter laments that if popular nursery rhymes like Johnny Johnny Yes Pappa … are altered into a song like Jhoney Jhoney Haanji, Tune Pee Hai, Naaji… which promotes drinking alcohol then tender kids get easily influenced and begin imitating. Hence in her letter she appealed, "Don't pollute rhymes like Johnny Johnny to teach kids about drinking.”

She added, “What is most disturbing is that such songs keep blaring at malls, marketplaces and parties hence the parents are finding it extremely difficult to keep their kids away from such Bollywood songs.”

Supporting Swati Popat Vats, a lady psychologist concurs, “Kids in the age group of 2 to 5 have a photogenic mind and they easily grasp things that are entertaining and enjoyable hence nursery rhymes are taught to kids with music but if these kids listen to such songs that are very much similar to their nursery rhyme they might easily get confused with the words and won't know which one to adapt. Hence the film industry must immediately take stringent action and stop film composers to make songs that are inspired from nursery rhymes.”