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The music composer A R Rahman won two awards at the 52nd Grammy Awards, he has also won two awards before for his Oscar winning movieÂ Slumdog Millionaire. Rahman won the first Grammy Award before the show, at theÂ StaplesÂ Center.Â He got the best compilation soundtrack for the category of motion picture. Jai Ho won the best motion picture song later.
Rahman said, “This is insane, god is great again”. The people nominated along with Rahman in the soundtrack category were Steve Jordan for Cadillac Records, Quentin Tarantino for Inglorious Bastard, and the producers of True Blood and Twilight. In the category of best song, Rahman has beaten people like Bruce Springsteen for his song The Wrestler for his Oscar nominated movie The Wrestler.
Slumdog Millionaire not only brought the international fame to Anil Kapoor, Freida Pinto and the kids in the film but also to Loveleen Tandon, who co-directed the film. Previously it was supposed that she only did the right casting for the film, but she also co-directed the film. “That wasn’t the only thing I was doing. Casting is a part of the bigger scene, part of the larger vision,” she clears.
After Slumdog… she kept low profile till now, which is because she was busy with a new script. “Yes, I have literally been hibernating in New Delhi.” But now she is emerging as an individual director. “I have been busy with my film script. That’s a full-time job,” said Loveleen.
She got break from her work only when she was invited by the Queen at the Buckingham Palace. She also made a trip to Mumbai for a play ‘I am an Emotional Creature’ by Eve Ensler and Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwa. At the play she read the epilogue where the director connects her film with the play. “It’s a great co-incidence that Eve’s play is quite similar to my script, the story of a young girl, her desires, emotions and the pressures on her,” said she.
Meanwhile, shooting for her film will start next year. And Loveleen is the one who believes that getting good actors for a film is not difficult if your script is good. She adds, “People are always on the lookout for a good script. Whether its actors or producers, nobody says no to a good script.” She received a great applaud for the right casting of Slumdog Millionaire.
With her new film, whether there is pressure on her mind to match the heights of Slumdog…, because comparisons are bound to happen. Well, she is not bothered about it as she says, “I’m someone who thrives on pressure. I thrive on tension, crisis, less time and deadlines. It brings out the best in me.”
However one questions that she often has to answer and makes her uncomfortable is- Whether her film is an international venture? And she answers, “You just make a film. Whether it becomes a hit in a city or a country, two countries or five is beyond you. Crossover, international, mainstream, commercial, art… are just tags.”
Loveleen also has assisted Mira Nair in Monsoon Wedding and on that note she says, “She lives abroad. She comes from a different space. I live in India. This is my specialty. I can’t relate to the NRI experience. Maybe some day in the future, but at the moment, mine is the Indian experience. It’s unique; there’s a strong element of traditional and modern ethos, perfect material for movie making.”
Well, what’s her say on the controversy that Slumdogâ€¦ depicted only the poverty of India. “Films are stories, they are not documentaries meant to highlight any aspect of society. You can only tell a story and tell it well. If it’s a boy from the slums, you have to tell it from that perspective. You can’t glamourise or glorify it,” adds the talented director.
Seems like the film (Slumdog Millionaire) has not only brought the praises and sympathy to the kid actors of the film but also brought work. The SM star, Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail has recently completed shooting for a short film titled Dukandar.
The SM kids are lovely and talented which earned them lots of love from across the world and one can trust that when the kids were attended by the Hollywood celebrities at the Oscars. Post SM lots of offer kept coming to Azhar and one of them is Dukandar, directed by a film student from the New York Film Academy. The director and producers of the film are very happy about the output and performance of the young actor that they believe it will sure fetch accolades at the international film festivals.
Priti Sagar Singh, producer of the film says, “The script of Dukandar was written much before SM released. When director Amritpal Singh Bindra watched the film, he completely fell in love with Azhar. Unlike Slumdog… where Azhar is part of the cast, this 20-minute long film revolves solely around Azhar’s character.”
However the little talented actor is also excited and happy about having completed the film. Talking about his character in the film, Azhar says, “If I start narrating the whole story, it will take me the whole day! In a nutshell, the film is about how my father asks me to look after the family store. I have a friend who teases me and insists that I should go watch the India-Pakistan match instead of sitting idle in the store. I try to resist the temptation but in the end, I agree to go for the screening of the match. But when I leave, I forget to bolt the door of my shop. And guess what? Once I return, I find that my store has been robbed!”
The film has been completed in eight days and done on a budget of Rs. 25 lac.
The executive producer of the film, Parimal Sampat said, “We have shot the film on location. The film is in Hindi with English subtitles. Shot on a budget of Rs. 25 lac, Dukandar uses sync sound. While the director is Indian, the film’s DOP (Pedro Ciampolini) is non-Indian. They both feel that Azhar is a natural actor. His performance is so good that we are hopeful that this short film will create a buzz in the festival circuit too,” says executive producer Parimal Sampat.
Shameen, mother of Azhar is also happy about her son’s progress, “Offers keep coming for Azhar. People want him to travel abroad too. He has done this film but before plunging neck-deep into a filmi career, I want him to first concentrate on his education,” said Shameen.
Don’t know whether the film (Slumdog Millionaire) is making any difference in the lives of slum kids, but it actually making difference to the kid actors of the film. As we earlier posted Rubina Ali and Azharuddin Mohammed has recently lend a small role in a Bollywood flick. However actor Rubina Ali is continued her form, as she is done a commercial with Australian actress Nicole Kidman.
The ad is for a beverage company which also stars Bollywood actor Arjun Rampal. Shoot of the ad was recently done in Udaipur, India.
Rafiq Ali (Rubina’s father) is very happy with her daughter’s progress as he believes that her rising profile could lead to a better life for the family.
He later added, “We are very proud of her and hope she continues to become a big star. Maybe then we will be able to live in a proper house. She was paid more for the ad than the movie.”
Anil Kapoor did a payback thing as he donated his Slumdog Millionaire salary to a charity called Plan India. The charity works for underprivileged kids. Anil played a role of Kaun Banega Karodpati host in the film.
Anil explains that he can relate not in all but in some way to the title character (Jamal Malik) of the film and so get inspired to donate the salary.
Anil revealed, “I told Danny, ‘I can identify with (lead character from the slums) Jamal Malik’. It’s almost the same thing because I started from a very simple background. Not slums exactly, but a 200 sq m cubicle with common bathrooms and I never wore shoes, always bare feet running around.”
Anil also explained that everyone who involved in the film was inspired from the story and that made the film success.
He added, “Everyone - Danny Boyle (director), Christian Colson (producer), Simon Beaufoy (writer) and Anthony Mantle (cinematographer) - they didn’t have commerce in mind, they just wanted it to be a good film. We wanted as many people to see the film as possible. I feel it’s the good intent of everyone and the children’s good wishes and their families that have made this film what it has become.”
Producer Vashu Bhagnani has signed the kids of Slumdog Millionaire, Rubina Ali and Azharuddin to do cameo appearance in his next film called Kal Kisne Dekha. With this film the producer is introducing his son Jacky to Bollywood. The film is being directed by Vivek Sharma.
The kids have eight minutes of role in the film, which they shoot at Santa Cruz Airport Tuesday late night. The kids attracted lot of onlookers and they also signed many autographs. Both the kids want to become big film stars like Salman Khan and Preity Zinta.
However the actor, Jacky fall completely in love with the kids as he said, “They are examples of ingenuity. They have proved that you don’t have to polish and groom yourself to be a film star. You don’t need wealth and a star father to launch you. Be yourself and people will identify and love you.”
The producer, Vashu also wants to do something for these kids like Danny Boyle did. He said, “Being a builder I will speak to some friends in Azhar’s area and try to get him a free flat and if that doesn’t happen, I will ensure that his family gets a heavy discount. I will also arrange for the bank loan because I know if I give them the money, it will be spent.” For Rubina as well he is working on some financial deals.
Just within a day after Slumdog Millionaire won eight Oscars, the star of the film Freida Pinto has roped in for a film being directed by the legendary Hollywood director Woody Allen.
Woody Allen is a renowned American director known for his classy films like Annie Hall, Husbands and Wives, Crimes and Misdemeanors and Bullets Over Broadway. Woody is always considered as one of the finest movie maker of Hollywood and is also known for his wits and eccentric dialogue writing.
Confirming the news, Freida’s sister Sharon Pinto said, “Yes, Freida has been cast in a film to be directed by Woody Allen, but she is also very busy with her agent in Los Angeles to work out her acting agenda. Currently she is overstressed with all the interviews, the media barrage.”
Currently Freida is having some rest at Los Angeles after the busy week of Oscar. However she is also shying away from the Indian media to avoid the controversy of her secret marriage. Specifying the expected privacy, her sister Sharon Pinto added, “The last two weeks have been difficult for Freida with all the speculation about her personal link in the media. Some details have been very unsavory and traumatic for her, and the family at large. Currently she is sleeping and catching some rest in Los Angeles. Also it being Oscar week, she has been in and out of interviews. We try to keep in touch with her, but then I always have to Google what the LA time is, for she might be asleep! I think it’s time to let her be.”
Well, don’t worry Freida, Goa is miles away from LA. So relax & chill baby!
With the success of Slumdog Millionaire, actress Freida Pinto is showering into its glory. Recently she has become the most sought after face and even she is much popular in US. Her popularity made many abroad companies to rope in her for the endorsement deals. We heard that the companies are queuing up outside her house to make a deal.
A friend of Freida revealed, “Freida has been in New York for a few months and I won’t be a surprised if she chooses to shift base there. She is also keen on doing Hollywood films now and her stay in New York will definitely help her in doing so.”
That sounds good, but what happened to your pretty talks Freida? that ‘Aamachi Mumbai’ and ‘I love Mumbai’.
The Oscar Awards for a Slumdog Millionaire team goes like this:
Best Film - Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director - Danny Boyle
Best Original Score - A R Rahman
Best Original Song - A R Rahman & Gulzar
Best Adapted Screenplay - Simon Beaufoy
Best Sound Mixing - Resul Pookutty, Ian Trap & Richard Pryke
Best Cinematography - Anthony Dod Mantle
Best Editing - Chris Dickens
The team of Slumdog Millionaire steals the limelight at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre on the event of 81st Annual Academy Awards (Oscars). The kids walk down the red carpet and were the attraction of the award ceremony. Rahman who won two Oscars for Best Original Score and Best Original Song went on the stage and sung the famous Jai Ho song from Slumdog…. along with western dancers, while gora men in traditional dhotis played the drums. Resul Pookutty won a award for Best Sound Mixing along with Ian Trap and Richard Pryke for the film. It was a honorable moment for all the Indians and the kids were hugely applauded for their stunning performance in the film. The whole cast and crew of the film was present for the ceremony.
After an international fame and Golden Globe Awards, actress Freida Pinto has called off her engagement. No doubt after the success of Slumdogâ€¦., Freida has a bright future, but right now it seems like only work and profession is playing the main role in her life.
The success has changed many things for Freida including her relationship status. If we believe in the source, Freida has recently broken up with her Bangalore-based fiance.
The source said, “Success is what prompted the actress to cut off all past ties that could pose as a barrier between her and the dizzying heights of fame post Slumdog Millionaire. She now knows that bigger things are in store for her. She was engaged to someone from Bangalore and all was well until Slumdog Millionaire released and everyone applauded the film. It went on to win four Golden Globe awards. Evidently, Freida didn’t want to get caught up in the regular routine life just when her career was taking off. So, she decided to call off the engagement and instead concentrate on her career.”
When asked to the actress about her personal life, she said, “At the moment, it is my profession that dominates my life. Now on, my life is only going to be about work for a long time to come.”
About her engagement, she said, “I am just enjoying my professional life at the moment. Are you interviewing me for Slumdog Millionaire or are you trying to pry into my personal life? I am not interested in sharing my personal life with you. Do you have any proof (about the engagement)? No one has the right to spoil my happiness. It is my personal life and I don’t want to talk about it.”
Even if Freida trying to hide the fact, the source insists that she was engaged.