Posts tagged Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
By Taran Adarsh, October 1, 2010 – 10:12 IST
One, it’s difficult to conceptualize and execute a film like ROBOT.
Two, when Rajnikant’s name comes in the credits, one cannot hear anything for the next two minutes. His name is greeted with a thunderous applause, whistles yells and cheers. Such is the charisma of this superstar. Rajnikant is the Boss. The real Badshaah.
ROBOT, directed by Shankar, is a Rajnikant Express that transports you to a world you can’t envision. Rajnikant’s feats are legendary by now. In ROBOT, he goes a step further. The Robot in ROBOT not only follows orders of his creator, but also cooks, fights, romances and wonder of wonders, has a lengthy conversation with a mosquito and scan loads of books/magazines and an entire telephone directory in a second. Yes, you read it right!
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
That’s not all, this Robot is Superman + Spiderman + Terminator + Godzilla, all rolled into one. There’s more to this Robot. It can replicate itself, wage a vicious battle, turn into an Anaconda or a monster ball and wipe off an entire army. Whew! Known for larger than life canvas, ROBOT is Shankar’s most expensive and if I may say so, his most imaginative film thus far. And who better than Rajnikant for the pivotal role!
Final word? A Rajnikant film is an event and this combo’s [Shankar - Rajnikant] new outing ROBOT is sure to strike like Tsunami. Let me make it short-n-sweet. If you miss ROBOT, it’s YOUR loss!
Location: Chennai 2010. Mission: Creating a robot Chitti. Purpose: To help the society. Development time: 10 years. Special Features: A human who is not born, but is created. He can dance, sing, fight, is water and fire resistant. He can do all that a human can and more. He feeds on electricity. He takes instructions literally. Where a human can lie to save himself, this robot cannot lie.
Where he has a razor sharp memory and can memorize an entire telephone directory by just running through the pages, he cannot understand human emotions. Dr. Vasi upgrades Chitti’s processor and simulates human emotions without realizing the repercussions. Chitti gets transformed. He can now feel and the first feeling that he discovers is Love. Will this love come in the way of Dr. Vasi’s purpose of creating Chitti? Will Dr. Vasi’s own creation destroy him?
A title like ROBOT automatically puts tremendous responsibility and pressure on the director’s shoulders. And ROBOT is not merely a display of VFX, but it also has soul, a story to tell. At first, ROBOT comes across as a clash between the virtuous [Rajnikant] and wicked [Danny Denzongpa]. But ROBOT changes gears in its post-interval portions as the focus shifts to the creator [Rajnikant] and his creation [Rajnikant].
It’s a Rajnikant film and it would be incomplete if his loyal fans don’t get to watch his stylish actions and feats. Thankfully, ROBOT showcases it all. He can glide on the railway tracks, run horizontally on a moving train, transform into an Anaconda, can swallow helicopters and even fire at people with his fingers, without using a pistol. These are truly clap-trap moments!
Even otherwise, the screenplay is really well penned and absorbing. While the film is a super ride from start to end, it’s the penultimate 25 minutes that leaves you awe-struck and speechless. You can’t imagine a Hindi film having such an out of the world climax. There will be pandemonium inside theatres when the climax unfolds, I am sure. Let me confess, it’s the mother of all climaxes!
Only thing, Shankar could’ve controlled the length of the film. It could’ve been shorter by at least 10 to 15 minutes, which includes doing away with a song or two. Of course, like all Shankar movies, the songs are filmed most imaginatively on exotic locales, but what’s the point of having songs if they act as speed breakers?
That Shankar ranks amongst India’s best directors is well known by now and ROBOT only cements the fact. His vision and execution of the difficult subject deserves the highest praise, in fact distinction marks. He not only dreams big, but the outcome is incredible too. A.R. Rahman’s music doesn’t compliment the content of the film, but like I pointed out earlier, every song has been filmed exquisitely. The action and chase sequences are outstanding [Yuen Woo Ping, action choreographer in the MATRIX and KILL BILL sequels, was the stunt coordinator]. Visual effects are spectacular [Stan Winston Studio, the studio behind JURASSIC PARK, PREDATOR, TERMINATOR, IRON MAN, AVATAR, provided the animatronics technology]. Cinematography captures the grand production values with precision. The locations of Austria, Machu Picchu in Peru, U.S.A. and Brazil only enhance the visual appeal of the film. The sets are mind-blowing. Dubbing is near-perfect.
ROBOT is a Rajnikant show from start to end. And no other actor, not from Bollywood at least, would be able to do what he does with such amazing ease. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looks stunning and acts most convincingly. Danny Denzongpa is efficient, as always. The remaining actors enact their parts well.
On the whole, ROBOT is a crowd-pleasing and hugely mass appealing tale of android revolution with a thrilling plot, rich and imaginative screenplay, super action, astounding effects and most importantly, Rajnikant, who is the soul of the film. It’s the Big Daddy of all entertainers. Miss it at your own risk!
Bachchan bahu to get on ramp again for Manish Malhotra at Couture Week
Mark Manuel | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 27, 2010)
This has to be a coup of sorts. Manish Malhotra, Bollywood’s celebrated stylist and fashion’s poster boy, has got the beautiful Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to be his showstopper at the HDIL India Couture Week next month. It’s the opening show of the fashion extravaganza, at 8 pm on October 6 at the Grand Hyatt, and with this kind of exciting curtainraiser… the couturists that follow Manish will be on edge to match the audiences’ expectations.
Manish himself, is unconcerned by the demands on his own genius. Just last week he pulled off a spectacular pret show at the Lakme Fashion Week that had Bollywood actresses Priyanka Chopra, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukerji, Ameesha Patel and Urmila Matondkar whistling in the front row. And now this — a 55-outfit couture show with 55 models wearing one look each and Ash coming at the end as the contemporary bride. “It’s an absolutely new collection,” the hip designer specifies just in case people don’t get it that’s he been working 24/7 after LFW to be ready for the Couture Week.
“My LFW collection was deep reds and blues, this one will be emeralds and greens — emerald is the new bridal colour,” he explains. As for his stunning showstopper, Ash has been on the ramp before — but in her modelling days, and not for 15 years at least in a fashion event for any designer. “She has that timeless beauty about her but yet she is contemporary and pretty,” says Manish of the Bachchan bahu. And his collection will be much like the showstopper; the embroidery and fabric are traditional, but the silhouettes are modern.
By Subhash K. Jha, September 25, 2010 – 12:59 IST
Priyanka Chopra had a close shave with some overt amorous attention in Rio de Janeiro where she has just packed up shooting for a reality show.
Brazilian guys are known to be extravagant in their affection, especially for Oriental women. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Bipasha Basu who shot in Rio de Janeiro for Dhoom 2 before Priyanka would vouch for Brazilian man-power. But the guy who pursued Priyanka in Rio took amorous attention to another level.
A hot-blooded gentleman, a local well-to-do businessman apparently of substantial good looks, he insisted on trailing her everywhere with his marriage proposals.
Boarding her flight for a 25-hours journey back to Mumbai on Wednesday morning, Priyanka peeped anxiously from her aircraft to see if the Brazilian suitor was following her to India.
“Brazilian men turned out to be a little too upfront for me. They don’t waste time in making their moves. This guy didn’t ask me out. He asked me to marry him right away. I don’t think I am interested in marrying any foreigners. Only an Indian guy for me, thanks,” says the actress who has been wooed by foreigners earlier (e.g. Gerard Butler), though not with the same intense focus as this Brazilian guy who just wouldn’t take no for an answer.
One reason why she got so much male attention from the locals was her look. “I was bronzed and tanned and dressed rather Brazilian. Maybe they mistook me for a local girl.”
Exhausted Priyanka was in no mood to get jetlagged on her flight back to Mumbai. “The minute I landed, I started promoting my new film Anjaana Anjaani. And soon, I head to Berlin for shooting Farhan Akhtar’s Don 2. Where’s the time to get exhausted? I don’t even have time to spend with my family. I missed them in Rio,” Priyanka promised.
Looking back on the experience of hosting Fear Factor Priyanka says, “I was determined I’d be stern, authoritative and in-charge. Nobody should think I should be soft because I am a woman. At the risk of offending the contestants I was at my bullying best.”
Priyanka regrets not finding time to spend with the contestants. “They were all chilled. There was just time to shoot the stunts. I had just one day off in Rio when I just went and de-stressed on the beach. For the rest, no rest. I got no time to shop and bought the famous Brazilian Hawaiian slippers only on the airport.”
She got along well with all the contestants. But confesses to have a soft spot for Manjot Singh. “I nicknamed him Komal Khiladi. And the most heart stopping moment of a stunt gone too far was when Manjot fainted in the freezing water.”
Amongst the many hues of the ongoing Fashion Week, Manish Malhotra seems to have seen red over some guests who skipped his show.
Apparently, on Tuesday, the team of Action Replayy, a film that Manish has designed costumes for, decided to skip his show for designer Neeta Lulla’s. Neeta’s presentation was just after Manish’s and no, the programme itinerary was not pre-planned.
It turns out that the cast members Akshay Kumar, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Ranvijay and producer-director Vipul Shah had all taken front-row seats at the Neeta Lulla show.
Our source said, “Manish has designed the entire retro look in the film Action Replayy however none of the cast members came to watch his show. Manish was obviously upset. Apparently, the leading lady of the film Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who was not in town at the time, urged her team members to go and support her close friend Neeta Lulla.”
Guess you would have Ash to blame then, huh Manish?
By Subhash K. Jha, September 18, 2010 – 10:41 IST
This Diwali get ready for two fun films done in two different shades of laughter. Vipul Shah’s Action Replayy will take on the third instalment of the Golmaal series. But Vipul is pretty much confident there is room for two fun films.
“Haven’t we always had two big releases every Diwali? Besides the humour in the Golmaal is very different from the humour in my film. There’s already an established convention of humour in Golmaal. Ours is a very different take.”
The film has Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan travelling back in time to the 1970s. “But,” cautions Vipul Shah. “There is more than just the retro effect in the film. I don’t want audiences to go for the film expecting just a nostalgic experience.”
In a few days, Akshay and Aishwarya would be playing deejays at a night club in the suburbs of Mumbai where they will be playing all their favourite music from the 1970s.
“I hope the two of them come prepared for the event with the songs,” says Vipul.
Last week, Vipul Shah made news by gifting Akshay Kumar an Rs. 8 lakh rupee 1938 vintage watch for the star’s birthday.
Vipul is embarrassed, “Gifts are not to be talked about.”
By Taran Adarsh, September 7, 2010 – 08:24 IST
Picture this: A teenage youth watches his parents bickering and squabbling. This upsets him no end. He wants his parents’ life to be perfect. He goes back into time. He lands up in the 1970s, the era when his parents were bachelors. The adventure begins… A super cool idea, isn’t it? That’s the gist of Vipul Shah’s ACTION REPLAYY, which brings Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan together after a hiatus [after KHAKEE].
Remake of Vipul Shah’s hugely successful play by the same name, ACTION REPLAYY seems to have loads of entertainment to offer, which has always been the film-maker’s forte. In fact, the 15-minute showreel that this writer watched, besides the first promo that will be unveiled shortly, ACTION REPLAYY comes across as a film that’s high on entertainment.
Also, like OM SHANTI OM and ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI, ACTION REPLAYY projects the retro look – the 1970s era and ambience – with utmost élan. In fact, you can’t help but get transported into the era within seconds of watching the showreel. Akshay and Ash carry the retro look with flourish and I am sure, it will be the talking point once the promos are launched.
This Diwali, get ready to embrace two solid entertainers. Having watched the showreel of both ACTION REPLAYY and GOLMAAL 3, one can safely assume that this will be the best Diwali ever, in terms of business. Fingers crossed!
The Tamil superstar’s daughter Soundarya married Chennai-based realtor Ashwin Ramkumar yesterday
All that glittered on Friday morning in Chennai, was indeed gold. The city saw the lavish wedding of Tamil superstar Rajinikanth’s younger daughter Soundarya with Chennai-based realtor Ashwin Ramkumar.
In a traditional brahmin-style wedding between 7.30 and 9 am, organised at the Rani Meyyammai Hall, Soundarya (looking dazzling in traditional jewellery and red silk) tied the knot with Ashwin. The groom too looked rather dapper and quite visibly proud of his choice.
|Father of the bride Rajinikanth leads the couple during one of the ceremonies|
Rajinikanth, who was seen sporting a turban and a traditional attire was seen with wife Latha, greeting top political leaders, including Union Home Minister P Chidambaram. Amongst Bollywood celebrities, Boney Kapoor and Sridevi, Kamal Haasan and Gouthami, Mani Ratnam and Suhasini, were seen at the wedding.
Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (who calls herself an ardent Rajnikanth-fan and will soon be seen in Robot with him) attended the engagement that was held on Thursday evening but couldn’t make it to the wedding. The reception was held late on Friday evening.
Last year, Chief Minister Karunanidhi felicitated both Kamal Haasan and Rajnikanth with the Tamil Nadu Government’s Best Actor award and there have been reports that the two stalwarts may be seen in Mani Ratnam’s next. Let’s hope they had ample time to discuss the possibilities, if any. But for now, let’s wish the newly weds a happy future together.
|Sridevi and Boney Kapoor bless the newly weds|
|Kamal Haasan and Gouthami bless Soundarya and Ashwin|
…when the visually impaired sang for her through Sahachari Foundation initiative
Prithwish Ganguly (BOMBAY TIMES; September 2, 2010)
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is rooting for the cause of the visually impaired as well as against cruelty to animals. She has been roped in by the Sahachari Foundation, a charitable trust established by 11 women of Mumbai that stands for uplift and empowerment of the needy. The foundation has constantly strived to help deserving NGOs in the field of education, healthcare, social welfare and promotion of culture.
This year, the foundation is providing financial support to the Victoria Memorial School for the Blind and Bombay Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Aishwarya, who has pledged her own eyes to the noble cause, applauded the initiative. “It is absolutely wonderful the kind of work and effort that these ladies have come together to do in such a subtle yet unconditional and sincere manner,” Ash told BT.
From the Foundation’s annual calendar of fund-raising initiatives, the ‘Design One’ shopping fiesta is the most widely publicised and highprofile event. Scheduled to be held on September 8 and 9 at World Trade Centre, Design One provides a pre-festival exhibition platform on which designers showcase their creativity and do client-building. The range of merchandise includes fashion wear, accessories, jewellery, home and lifestyle products, silverware, gift items, packaging and food. This year, eight NGOs will be given complimentary stall space at the exhibition.
Sahachari Foundation is thus encouraging entrepreneurship and promoting creativity while remaining committed to a philanthropic objective.
Talking about why she chose to support this cause, Ash says, “It’s our own little steps to try and make a difference. It doesn’t make all the difference but believe you me one step in itself quantifies as plenty. I have always believed that.”