Shah Rukh Khan’s surgery

January 28, 2009

Shah Rukh Khan had reportedly hurt his shoulders while shooting for the film Dulha Mil Gaya at Mehboob Studios last December. However, the actor did not take it seriously until recently when the pain became bad to worse. Though the doctors advised that he should undergo a surgery immediately, the King Khan is trying to put if off as he has to promote his home production Red Chillies’ Billu Barber. It is well known in Bollywood circles that SRK sets aside two weeks exclusively for promoting his films.

So the question remains if he will opt for the surgery before or after the release of Billu Barber. It may be recalled that Shah Rukh has earlier undergone knee and back surgery in London.

Suraj, director of the Pongal release Padikathavan, is likely to direct Ajith according to believable sources. Plans for Ajith’s next project, incidentally his 49th film, however is concrete. Directed by Charan, the movie will star Sameera Reddy in the lead and will be scored by Harris Jeyaraj. Ajith’s 50th film will be directed by Venkat Prabhu.

Now, as it seems, Ajith will be in another film directed by Suraj. Though the information is not flowing in from Suraj or Ajith, the Kollywood news trappers ascertain the possibility quite strongly. This is in spite of the previous grapevine of the Suraj – Ajith combo before Aegan having gone into silence.

All said and done, as per latest trade reports, Padikathavan is leading the collection charts among the Pongal release movies.

SUN out of SMS

January 24, 2009

SUN Pictures has pulled out from the buying race of the Jeeva starrer Siva Manasula Sakthi. SMS, as it is shortly referred to, is produced by Vikatan Talkies and is ready for a possible February release. SUN Pictures said to have insisted that the movie be released at a later date, to avoid over publicity to the company as Padikathavan is only recently released, as opposed to the release date on February 14 for Valentine’s Day; however the producers seem to have other plans.

SMS is directed by Rajesh and is scored by Yuvan Shankar Raja. The movie has Anuya playing Jeeva’s love interest. As the title suggests, SMS is a mushy romantic tale which is Vikatan Talkies’ maiden production venture in films.

Billu Barber Music Review

January 22, 2009

Priyadarshan movies are always looked at with a lot of expectation, and this one is much bigger. Shahrukh Khan the Baadshah of Bollywood is acting in it and has produced it. But interestingly, the Khan has only a special appearance here, with Irfan Khan being the protagonist. The music is by Pritam, and lyrics by Gulzar and Sayeed Quadri. The movie has seven songs with all getting a remixed version in the album. Let’s analyze if the songs live up to the hype the movie has created.

Marjaani

Marjaani has a South Indian flavour and the starting sounds like a typical Rajinikanth intro song. An item song which is very energetic with ample use of Punjabi words rendered by Sukhwinder Singh and Anushka. Interestingly, the remix version of this song is sung by a different female singer, Sunidhi Chauhan. But the song looks too ordinary and nothing is special to carry this to the top of the charts. The remix version is also average.

Love Mere Hit Hit

Love Mere Hit Hit is supposed to be a nonsense song and it is quite successful at that. The lyrics are quite cheesy as expected but the music is quite catchy. Again an item song with Shahrukh and Deepika shaking their legs -this one is quite clearly sung by Neeraj Sridhar and Tulsi Kumar. The song is decent enough for a second listen and with the visuals it could appeal to a larger crowd. The remix is more rapid but the instrumental usage is quite jarring.

Ae Aa O

A rock song which seems to be an intro song for Shahrukh. But does the starting of the song borrow so much from the tunes of its Tamil counterpart? But soon it goes on a different route. K.K., Rana Mazumder, Suraj rock with their vocals, but Pritam leaves a lot to be desired. From now on any rock song will obviously be compared to Rock On and this does not meet the expectations, but none the less it’s a decent track which can become a good hit with rock fans and obviously Shahrukh’s fans. And the less said about the remixed version the better, Pritam, please work on this front.

Kudhaya Khair

Kudhaya Khair is a family song picturized with Irfan khan and his family. A lovely melody and one of the best song of this album. The vocals by Soham Chakrabarthy, Akritti Kakkar & Monali Thakur are lively, which is needed for such a song. The beats and the instrumental usage is quite cleverly done and so is the chorus usage and the symphonic orchestra type music in the middle piece which elevates the song quite well. Overall a cute song which has potential to become a big hit and if the movie does succeed Khudaya Khair would clearly be on top of the charts for quite some time. The reprise version is also good.

You get me rocking and reeling

‘You get me rocking and reeling’ starts off with a hip hop song which is just an English version of Khudaya khair but sung by Neeraj Shridhar alone. It’s quite good but a small feeling of the music over powering the song can be sensed. Still a good listen.

The remixed version is too loud and the need for a remixed version of this already hip hop song will always remain a mystery.

Billu Bayankar

Billu Bayankar sung by Ajay Jhingran, Kalpana is a hilarious song sung by the villagers praising Billu. The song will be enjoyed by everyone if they can understand the wacky lyrics. The music complements the overall feel of the song and after hearing this we just can’t wait to see the picturization of this song which, under Priyadarshan’s direction, would be a crackling watch.

Jaoon kahan

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s ‘Jaoon kahan’ is a melancholic rendition and quite clearly the pick of the album. The song picturized with Irfan Khan is a sure shot hit. Pritam’s music does not try anything jazzy which is quite needed for such a song.

Verdict:

Overall the music is just about average with a couple of good numbers. The music can become a good hit if the movie hits the bull’s eye -like any other Priyadarshan’s movie. But a sense of deja-vu while hearing the song tormented me and similarities to the Tamil version of this movie was quite striking. Coincidence? Not really!

Ajith’s big moustache

January 22, 2009

Managing to evade the eyes of his numerous fans, Ajith managed to watch Villu at the Prarthana drive in theater last Sunday. Of course, he was careful enough not to get out of his car at any point of time which would have resulted in a mini mob forming instantaneously. After the movie he called up Vijay and talked about the positives in the movie for a long time. He specially mentioned the stunt scenes and asked Vijay to not get involved in too many risky fights.

Meanwhile, Ajith is also getting himself ready for Asal. He has reportedly gone in for a change in his look and is now sporting an extra large, thick moustache, something he has not tried before. Asal will be directed by Saran. Ajith-Saran’s previous movie, Attagasam was a double action flick. This had created some speculation that even Asal would be on the same lines. However, Saran has said that this time round it will be just one Ajith.

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The Jonas Brothers surprised President Barack Obama’s daughters during a White House treasure hunt.

The pop act – comprising siblings Joe, Kevin and Nick – hid behind a door for Malia, 10, and Sasha, seven, to discover at the end of their search around their new home on Tuesday night (Jan 20, 2009).

The sisters – who were allowed to have the following day off school after their father was sworn in as US President – enjoyed an evening of their favorite movies, including “Bolt” starring Miley Cyrus and “High School Musical 3” featuring Zac Efron, before their favorite band made an appearance.

White House staff organized the hunt to show the girls around the famous Presidential house and teach them some of the history surrounding the building.

A similar event was arranged for former president Bill Clinton’s daughter Chelsea
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This is not the first time Malia and Sasha have been treated to an audience with the Jonas Brothers.

The band performed live for the girls and their mother Michelle – as well as 14,000 screaming fans – at the Kids Inaugural concert on Monday

A costly divorce

January 19, 2009

Husbands contesting maintenance claims beware! If the matrimonial court finds that you concealed real income to pay less to your estranged wife, it can from now on order maintenance entirely based on her standard of living before the separation and #8230; and it could prove much more costly. This is how the Delhi High Court asked Karun Raj Narang, a top official with the healthcare company Eastern Medikit Ltd to pay Rs 1,25,000 per month interim maintenance to his wife Radhika in place of Rs 40,000 per month awarded by a lower court.

Narang was also directed to provide a new Honda City car with petrol and a driver at his own cost for the day-to-day requirements of Radhika and their three children. The husband is also to provide her a two-bedroom house with a drawing and dining rooms with an extra room in any of the colony in South Delhi, specifying that it should not be more than five to seven km away from the school of their children.

The Bench accepted Radhika’s submission that before the matrimonial dispute she was Director of the company owned by the Narangs and enjoyed all facilities, including a chauffeur driven car but was removed from the post after she moved court seeking maintenance. “Courts have to ascertain the true circumstances of a given case while awarding maintenance.

Where the income of the husband is concealed and it is difficult to ascertain the correct position, the court may fix the amount based on factors which were in existence before the souring of the relation as we have done in the present case,” said Justices Mukul Mudgal and Manmohan. Radhika’s lawyer Y P Narula told the court that the amount awarded by the lower court was wholly inadequate keeping in view the husbands income, his assets and also the lifestyle to which both the parties had been used to during the period they were together.

Narula pointed to the observations by the lower court that the husband had withheld his income and his interests in various companies. “The purpose of providing maintenance in our view is meant to secure to a wife as far as possible the status and facilities enjoyed by her prior to her separation from her husband.

The determinations of maintenance not being governed by any rigid rules give enough discretion to the court to do justice”, said the court. Appearing for Narang, senior lawyer KTS Tulsi said though the wife had based their case on the existence of the joint family property, yet all the maintenance had to be paid by the husband.

He also pleaded that since Narang did not own the company, entire property did not belong to him. Citing a Supreme Court judgment, Tulsi also submitted that landed property cannot be considered for maintenance.

But the court was not convinced.