Saturday, August 29, 2015

Sridevi adds charm to Onam festival; After PULI, she will play a woman centric Hindi film!

Sridevi added a dash of glitter to the famous South Indian Onam festival. Besides wishing her fans Onam festival Sridevi’s upcoming Vijay starrer PULI’s audio release stole thunder on Malayalam TV channel Surya TV. 

Sridevi fans went gaga after watching the gala event. It may be noted that the audio release was launched on 2 August in Chennai and ever since a hype was generated on the TV. 

In addition to this the Onam festival also witnessed Sridevi’s husband Boney Kapoor announcing a woman centric film with her in the lead in his home production. Sridevi’s last film for Boney Kapoor production was JUDAAI (1997). The film also featured Anil Kapoor and Urmila Matondkar.

To be directed by debutant director admired ad filmmaker, Ravi Udyawar, the movie is a journey of a woman and her relation with her grown up daughter. Ravi Udyawar, who has penned an innovative script exclusive for Sridevi revealed that when he narrated the idea to Boney Kapoor he was bowled over and immediately gave his nod for the film. 

Though there are speculations about Akshara Haasan, daughter of Kamal Haasan, being cast as Sridevi’s daughter but Boney Kapoor has denied the rumors saying the casting is yet to be finalized. 

Further there are rumors that since the movie is woman centric and has Sridevi playing a strong lady, media is rife with buzz that the movie may be inspired on the lines of Nargis’s MOTHER INDIA. 

Boney Kapoor confirmed, “Yes the movie has a strong woman oriented subject but it is not the typical ‘Mother’ kind of role and is neither a remake nor an inspiration. Ravi Udyawar has written an original story keeping in mind the histrionics of Sridevi.”

BAAHUBALI or BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN – Which film will win ticket for Oscar Award?

The race for the all important award of the year - the ultimate - ‘Oscar Award’ is round the corner and the Indian jury to select India's official entry to the Oscars 2016, headed by the chairperson Amol Palekar will soon be meeting in Hyderabad to elect the country’s official entry in the best foreign category of the 88th Academy Awards. 

It may be noted that instead of Mumbai the selection committee has decided to meet in Hyderbad to avoid Mumbai’s madding crowd of lobbyists. 

From Mumbai the movie’s that are toying to find a place in the Oscar race are Vishal Bhardwaj's HAIDAR, Anurag Kashyap's UGLY, Raj Kumar Hirani's PK, Neeraj Ghaywan's MASAAN, Omung Kumar's MARY KOM and last but not the least Salman Khan’s BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN is being betted as the ‘surprise’ recipient for the prestigious honor.

Interestingly from Bengal Mithun Chakraborty’s new wave cinema EK NODIR GOLPO is also a tough contender and is being considered as an entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Academy Awards.

From the South, the Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce has announced SS Rajamouli’s BAAHUBALI, the movie that recorded thunderous box office record both nationally and globally as their official entry to Indian Selection Committee. 

BAAHUBALI that boosts an emotional tale and eye catching International style action scenes with Indian roots looks a prospective hope for Oscar. 

If BAAHUBALI is selected then it will become the First Telugu movie to walk in the Oscar race after 29 years because as per Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce each year they send a Telugu film to Indian Selection Committee but alas none has been selected so far. 

A member of Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce informed, “It's been over 29 years a Telugu film got an Oscars entry. The last Telugu film that won the honor was the Kaml Haasan acted and K Viswanath directed emotional drama SWATHI MUTHYAM. It was the official entry to Oscars from India. Unfortunately, the film failed in making to final shortlist.”

The Oscar selection panel will be studying over 45 films and selecting India’s official entry for the next Oscars. The official confirmation on the same will be made on September 25.

So let’s ask the readers- Which film has the potential to win an Oscar - BAAHUBALI or BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN?