Tuesday, 23 August 2011

B-Town's 3D explosion

More and more Bollywood movies going the 3-Dimensional way

A movie still from Don - The Chase Begins Again
If recent developments are any indication, it looks like the film industry is going all out to add the third dimension in the forthcoming ventures. One might attribute it to the hist status of Vikram Bhatt's Haunted, that is inspiring more filmmakers to make their movies in 3D. The latest is that Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar, producer and director of Don - The Chase Begins Again, are keen to take their sequel with Shah Rukh Khan to the new level. And apart from dubbing in Tamil and Telugu, Don 2 will also be released in 3D in the two south-Indian languages, besides Hindi, on December 23. "Looking at the demand for the brand Don, we decided on the 3D format. We first did a few 3D conversion tests on the earlier Don and the outcome was very good," enthuses Ritesh, adding that while shooting the sequel, the 3D version was always at the back of Farhan's mind. 

The producer further continues, "Since Farhan felt that the new format would make the Don experience even more memorable and exciting, we decided to go ahead with the 3D format. I was in Los Angeles recently and saw some 3D conversion tests and was totally blown by the effect." 

Moving on after Haunted, Bhatt is making not one, but two movies in 3D; Raaz 3 and Dangerous Ishq. Shirish Kunder has completed a schedule of Joker, his 3D film with Akshay Kumar and Sohail Khan will start his Sher Khan with Salman Khan next year.

Coming up...
Don 2

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Friday, 19 August 2011

SRK: Superhero or Superstar?

What is the difference between a superhero and a superstar? Both are idolized by millions and beloved by hordes of fans. Both make us believe in the unimaginable. So are they really that far apart? Bollywood badshaah Shahrukh Khan seems to think so, and he should know as a superstar playing a superhero in his upcoming film Ra.One.
"A superhero's larger purpose is always very selfless and a superstar's larger purpose is to stick to films," SRK explained. "I'm not selfless. My highest purpose in life is to make a great film." That's quite a bit of honesty coming from an actor, who are often considered modern-day heroes.
Any mention of Ra.One get SRK talking about his pet project. His character in the film, G.One, is said to be made up of "solid electricity". It seems the new technological era has lent itself well to a new kind of superhero. "In olden times, superheroes could come from planets because they were out of understanding. Now, the quantum part is more difficult to understand than the macro part of it." Ra.One will take the superhero mythology in a new direction, hoping to separate itself from the plethora of popular comic book heroes. "We felt that if we took the modern, new creation [Internet] of man and say a superhero and super villain can be created out of it, that would be really unique."
Praise for the film has already been pouring in, even though it is set to release on Diwali, which is months away yet. "The other day, somebody told me my car shot is like Krrish and GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra. It didn't happen, so we did it digitally. If I had known we'll go digital, I'd have done it even bigger."
But being righteous and heroic isn't the only thing on Shahrukh Khan's plate. Releasing soon after Ra.One will be the Farhan Akhtar directorial sequel Don 2, which releases in December. "As an actor, it's good fun – to be so evil and be so good. It's very exciting. I have this cool look, long hair and beard in [Don 2]."
Whether good, bad, or somewhere in-between, we love to see Shahrukh Khan on the silver screen!


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Ra.One Movie Review- Welcome to ShahRukh Khan News: The-raviz kollam will be launched-by shahrukh khan on august 19th-2011

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The-raviz kollam will be launched-by shahrukh khan on august 19th-2011

The Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan will inaugurate The Raviz Kollam, on August 19th, 2011 at  Methiil, Kollam. The Raviz is a five-star hotel property with seven star facilities standing on the banks of the Ashtamudi lake.  Dr B Ravi Pillai, a Padma Shri laureate and Bahrain based industrialist  is the Managing director and Chairman of ' Raviz'.
Superstar Mohanlal would officially release the Raviz hotel logo at the function which would be inaugurated by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. The Union minister for tourism, Subodh Kant Sahay, will dedicate the hotel property to the public and the Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs, Vayalar Ravi, will deliver the keynote address.
As per buzzes Megastar Mammootty would also be there to colour the ceremony.

The Leader of the Opposition, V S Achuthanandan, will inaugurate the convention centre attached to the hotel. The Minister of Commerce and Industry, Kingdom of Bahrain, Mr Hassan Fakhro, will launch a guest house attached to the hotel.
The Raviz sports a blend of colonial and traditional Travancore architecture and has been designed by noted architect Eugene Pandala. The Hotel has been set up in 6 acres and taken 12 long years to complete.
Kerala Ministers like K.M. Mani, K.B.Ganesh Kumar, President's Principal Secretary Christie Fernadez, Pinarayi Vijayan are some of the attendees.


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Monday, 15 August 2011

The world of India's anti-graft campaigner Anna Hazare

Indian activist Anna Hazare says he will begin a new hunger strike on Tuesday in protest against a new anti-corruption law which he and other campaigners say does not go far enough. The BBC's Sanjoy Majumder visited the western Indian village of Ralegan Siddhi to find out more about a movement that is unsettling the government.

Ralegan Siddhi is perched on the hills of the western Indian state of Maharashtra, a small, immaculate village surrounded by lush green vegetation.

In the main village square, groups of elderly men sit around sipping tea and discussing the day's news.

It is an idyllic scene not unlike that found in villages across this country of 1.2 billion people.

But the tranquillity is shattered by an event that is taking place just a short distance away, next to a Hindu temple and under the shade of an enormous, ancient banyan tree.

A small-built man in his seventies, dressed in white cotton and with a white cap perched on his head, is addressing an impromptu news conference, surrounded by a gaggle of journalists, television cameras and microphones.Source- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-14525537
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Sunday, 14 August 2011

"It has been a dream to be somehow involved in videogame designing" - SRK

Ra.One continues to surprise the Indian audience with new innovations on a continued basis. Red Chillies Entertainment has declared a tie-up with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) to build a full cycle game on PlayStation platform. The video game version of the movie will be called Ra. One - The Game and will be available on PS2 and PS3 (through PSN download).

This is a newer direction for Bollywood to create a win-win strategy of both promoting the film as well as create a brand extension strategy for Ra.One. The film, with its superhero touches, is appropriate to seamlessly use the PlayStation platform and connect with the Indian youth.

Speaking on the game, Shah Rukh Khan said, "It has been a dream since childhood to be somehow involved in videogame designing or making them as all kids dream of. So now many years down the line the dream is fulfilled! Double pleasure gaming and movies....Ra.One on PS 2 & PS3...feeling like a kid all over. Hope everyone enjoys the game and also the movie. The game is awesome fun...G.One looks cool...so does Ra.One and Kareena in an avatar which everyone will enjoy....too thrilled. Finally can play a game...be a gamer and the game itself...YAY!!!"
Red Chillies Entertainment recognizes the importance of the gaming route to connect with the Indian audience and has been involved in the pre-production stage. To maintain closeness of the game storyline with that of the film, it has been actually written by Red Chillies team and Shah Rukh Khan in particular.

Ra.One- The Game will be published by SCEE and will be released in Sep'11 before the film release. SCEE is committed to a certain high decibel launch of the game and will establish creatively the key characters of the film through the game itself. This is an innovative business model of almost using the game launch (in addition to the music launch) to create a high level of excitement and expectation for Ra.One as the film.
Closeness of the characters, the powers and key characteristics can well be understood from the sneak preview of the characterization of SRK as G.One in the film and in the game. Following the tie-up declaration by SCEE, this is the first look at the game character of Shah Rukh Khan with a comparison against the film characterization.

Elaborateness of a PlayStation game has been a key decision factor behind Red Chillies Entertainment looking at the tie-up. Ra.One- The Game has seen a development cycle of about a year and will be a very welcome contrast to the low budget, transactional mini games that appear on the internet or the mobile platforms to promote various films.

Shah Rukh Khan's photo another image of g.one in the game....
Shah Rukh Khan on WhoSay
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Saturday, 13 August 2011

Ra.One Movie Review: RA.ONE: The Game is also available on PlayStation 3

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RA.ONE: The Game is also available on PlayStation 3

Shah Rukh Khan on WhoSay

A prequel to the movie, RA.ONE: The Game introduces the key film characters and the various superpowers they have in the film. The game storyline has been developed by Shah Rukh Khan so that there is an intrinsic connection between the game and the movie.
The game provides an opportunity to the players to play as the key characters of the film: RA.ONE or G.One. Beyond these two characters, a few other key characters will also be included in the game. The film characters have been replicated closely for looks and animation and use the actual voice-overs from Shah Rukh Khan.
Shah Rukh Khan's photo sorry to go on and on about the sony ps3 game but i am so taken in by it. yippeee my own personal video game...though the hair is little pointy... will put up shots of other actors too, soon.RA.ONE: The Game will be rolled out in the India market and other key markets towards the end of September 2011 to coincide with the actual film launch date. This will allow people to get an interactive sneak preview of the superpowers to expect and play in a complete sci-fi environment.
Under the guidance of the SCEE team in London and in close co-ordination with the Red Chillies team for film characterisations and VFX, the game is being developed locally in Mumbai by Trine. RA.ONE: The Game is loaded with intuitive action moves together with striking graphical representations. Gamers, for the first time in the history of Indian cinema, can play various action sequences from the movie in the game itself.Featuring 6 unique characters and more than 20 game play environments from the RA.ONE Universe, the game boasts multi-player action levels, including a robust set of assorted game mode options, and allows gamers to participate in an infinite number of challenging matches.
Keep checking in.playstation.com for more information on the game in the coming months.
RA.ONE: The Game is also available on PlayStation 3 via PlayStation Network.


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Ra.One Movie Review: Stars perform even though the city is besieged by rioting

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Stars perform even though the city is besieged by rioting


While Bollywood has been expressing solidarity with London during the ongoing riots, a bunch of big names from tinsel town flew to the city to be part of a corporate event on Tuesday. Shah Rukh Khan was among those invited for the event, which took place at the O2 Arena.
Besides SRK, singer Akon and former tennis player Boris Becker too attended as special guests. From Bollywood, names like Anushka Sharma and Ranbir Kapoor added more starpower to the evening, while AR Rahman, who is currently in London, also made a brief appearance. Akon's DJ Benny-Demus, who is also good friends with SRK, joined them on stage for the performance.
A source tells us that the event was successful despite fear about fresh riots breaking out. We hear that Ranbir, who has been in London for a few days, couldn't step out much, while SRK landed just a day prior to the event.
Says our source, "Everyone was obviously worried, but the event was successfully concluded. A day before the show, a few artists were tweeting about it and trying to gauge how bad the situation was, but things were okay. Shah Rukh even danced on stage with Akon and his lively presence peps up every event he is a part of."

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Thursday, 11 August 2011

Snaptu: Shah Rukh Khan, the producer is back on small screen

Shah Rukh Khan, the producer, is back on the small screen. His production house is in the process of making two shows including Preity Zinta's chat show for a soon to be launched Bollywood channel.

Earlier he had produced shows like Ishaan and Ghar Ki Baat. He had also planned to revisit Fauji (his acting debut) but it never saw the light of day.
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Wednesday, 10 August 2011

‘Ra.One’ launch game plan

It's well known that Shah Rukh Khan will launch the 'Ra.One' game a month before the film releases in October, 2011. However, it has been recently learnt that one chapter of the game focuses on Kareena Kapoor, who's also doing extensive Lara Croft kind of stunt in it. Though, it's another thing that she has only a couple of hand-to-hand combat scenes in the movie. The game programmers are also working on incorporating her 'Chhamak Chhalo' song in it because this number with Akon has generated abundant hype even without any visual being out.

Probably, it has another plus for a massive opening for the film. However, the makers may not have intended their film to be publicized this way. Recently, a leading international website alleged that Priyanka Chopra is playing a transvestite in the film in which she has a cameo. Industry insiders feel, although Priyanka has experimented with a variety of roles in her career so far, choosing to play a transvestite might be taking things a little too far. Director Anubhav Sinha isn't pleased at all with this unexpected turn of things. He too alleges that it's a conspiracy to create some negativity around the film. As for who may have spearheaded the gossip, we can only keep guessing for now.
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Tuesday, 9 August 2011

SRK, Kareena out of Meydan concert

Bollywood's King Khan has pulled out of the grand finale of Shoppiesta scheduled at Meydan later this month.

Shah Rukh Khan will not be performing at the 'We R. One', according to a '7Days' report.

Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Rampal will also not participate.

According to the organisers the reason for the cancellations was because the stars were unavailable on the required dates.

This website had reported how Eid celebrations in Dubai this year promised to be a memorable one, with a bevy of international stars making their way to our shores.

The shoppiesta consumer fair was billed arguably as the largest party, with American rapper and actor Curtis Jackson aka 50 Cent also on the cards.

Arab fans are to be wowed by Eid regular, Nancy Ajram.

Things will kick off with an Arabic night on August 31 featuring Ajram alongside Melheim Zein; the following evening will see Filipino pop group South Border.

On September 2, Iran's famous talent Googoosh will take to the stage, while Indian musicans Shankar Mahadevan and Hariharan will perform on September 3.

The event was to come to a grand finale the following night with the Bollywood brigade, Khan, Chopra and Kapoor, alongwith 50 Cent.

Another musical spectacle scheduled for Eid features cross border musicians, with Pakistan's Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, who will croon alongside Shafqat Ali Khan. And adding to the glam quotient will be Indian singer, Richa Sharma of "Sajda" fame from "My Name is Khan".

Called Eid-E-Milan, the September 9 event, is being held at the Dubai World Trade Centre and has been organised by Cyclops Communication. Tickets start at Dh140 and go up to Dh1,400. Show starts at 9pm.

Lastly, also expected in town during those very days is the award winning Indian singer, Sonu Niigam, who is most certainly going to demand a full house. More details for this event have yet to emerge...
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Saturday, 6 August 2011

SRK News- What about people's reaction to RA. One

When SRK asked about RA. One and its box office results? he replied "Box office is not in my control. You can make the biggest or worst film without knowing the result.I believe you should only say good things about life in films. And belief isn’t knowledge-based.It’s instinctive; based on reflexes. And you can’t doubt your reflexes.That’s how I have lived my life as an actor and filmmaker. It goes wrong more often than not.But as long as my films break even, or even if they lose some money, it’s fine, because things will be fine. I know for a fact that whatever films I do for my production house will bring in the money, and Mashallah, they do. So, if I have a few rider films (films done for money alone) with me as an actor, then I can bring in money for the kind of films that, on the face of it, may not bring in the moolah. I don’t earn a single penny from my company as a producer. I have built this company to be self-sustained. There might be a year when my big films don’t do well, so I won’t have money to produce smaller films. But if a big one like Om Shanti Om does well, I can produce Billu (2009), which in a way did well for us in terms of money too. As long as I have that freedom, I will continue this way. But if I don’t have it, I’ll stick to safer films. Because I have 600 people working in my firm, we have to pay for those jobs too."
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Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Eid event to feature Ajram, Shah Rukh

Dubai: Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan will get jiggy with American rapper 50 Cent and Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram along with a host of Arab, Iranian, Indian and Filipino performers at an Eid event in Dubai, Gulf News can exclusively reveal.
To be held on the sidelines of a consumer fair called Shoppiesta, the five-day event at Meydan will kick off on August 31 and feature two concerts every night.
Shopping kiosks, adventure sports arcades and a host of other entertainment and lifestyle attractions will also be included, said organisers.

"We're aiming for the masses. The majority of the tickets are going to be very well priced, starting at Dh40 for the concert and Dh5 for entry to the fair," said Krishna Ramanathan, the managing director of Citron, which owns Shoppiesta.
"This is not an elitist event. The event will feature all the things Dubai does best, from adventure sports, shopping and leisure activities during the five-day public holiday period all under one roof and all at very affordable prices."
Final night
The first night of the concert will be an Arabic night with Lebanese singers Ajram and Melheim Zein taking the stage while the second night on September 1 will see Filipino pop and R&B band South Border perform followed by girl band Mocha Girls.
Day three will feature Iranian diva Googoosh and Day 4 Indian musicians Hariharan and Shankar Mahadevan.
The final night on September 4 promises to be the biggest with the first performances kicked off by 50 Cent and followed by Khan who will be joined by a 70-member entourage including actresses Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor.
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Monday, 1 August 2011

SRK threw a wrap-up party for Ra.One cast

Now Ra.One is complete, Shah Rukh Khan decided to let his hair down with friends and colleagues as he threw a wrap-up party for the film's crew at Escobar lounge in Bandra, a western Mumbai suburb.

Seen here with wife Gauri Khan, SRK arrives for the party. One team and Shah Rukh Khan hosted a party to celebrate. On the guest list – Khan besties and the cast and crew of Ra. One.

Never an off day for this fashionista - SRK with his very stylish wife Gauri Khan.

SRK tweeted a pic of the bike that has been used in his home production RA.One designed by Sabu Cyril.

King Khan wrote: "Always wanted to ride bikes...mom never allowed me. Just so that she knows...this one I was tied to with wires so perfectly safe.
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