- I am here because of my mass image : STR
- Speed Breaker for Raja Pattai
- Gautham Menon Says, 'A R Rahman? That's Surprise'
- '3 Idiots' goes international
- Kolaveri Gets Gold Medal
Posted: 06 Dec 2011 10:59 AM PST
That's why his friends adore him and without much ado we love STR. Sridevi Sreedhar in a candid conversation with the young superstar in Hyderabad, where he is shooting for his first endorsement. Excerpts
It must be exciting to get back to your forte, hardcore action stuff in Osthi?
That's true. I haven't given so much, for a film. I was switched off from everyone including my family and friends. I knew right from the beginning that there was no fooling around (laughs), while doing Osthi.
Fooling around with Dharani or the film?
Doing Dabangg remake is no joke as Salman has already made the film a huge hit with his scorching screen presence and I had to live up to people's expectations. As we started the shoot, I knew that I had a huge responsibly on my shoulders and I completely surrendered to my character.
Will you be compared to Salman?
No one can do a better job than me! Okay, Okay I'm just joking. Salman brought his approach to the role and I have brought mine. So there should be no comparisons.
Did you plan to have a body like this?
Not at all.. Maybe, if I knew that I had to show my body, I would have had second thoughts to accept the film. My theory was that –'A star is a star! No matter what body you have'.
But Osthi completely changed my attitude and I decided to work hard to get this body. I realised that Sonu Sood who plays the villain is powerful and he takes off his shirt and shows his body in the climax. I had to look more powerful than him to make the scene convincing, I had to get that fab abs and a perfect body.
A lot of people think that after earning the Mr Nice Guy image in films like Vinnaithandi Varuvaaya and Vaanam, why did you have to return to doing a mass masala film?
I'm here because of my mass image and no one can take it away from me. And how long can I do such roles? A VTV or Vaanam comes once in a blue moon and as a hero I have to do films in different genres to sustain at the top. I saw Dabangg and thought that the role was perfect for me. And when Dharani was roped in to direct the film, I was relieved. He knew his job and the film was safe in his hands.
You got along well with Dharani?
I get along well with everyone (laughs) , and Dharani was no different. He is a great person to work with, a person who knows the pulse of mass audiences. He has made the film racy and entertaining.
Among the songs which is your favourite?
Kalasala is visually stunning and Neduvali is mass. But Pondati song is my favourite, it's cute and I'm sure that girls and women will love it.
Reportedly, do you have problems with Dhanush ?
Can there be something else besides being enemies and friends? To become friends you need to know each other and ditto to become enemies. We hardly meet. Why would I have a problem with Dhanush or anyone one else? I don't not cross his path and as long as he doesn't cross mine, where is the problem? Media and people around, create this imaginary rift because of various reasons.
Interestingly, Richa the heroine of Osthi was working simultaneously with both of you at the same time?
Richa is a true professional and she has done a good job in Osthi. That's all I know about it (smiles).
How is your first endorsement shoot going?
I am enjoying it. It's very different from my film shoots and I have no time to breathe. The entire crew is from Mumbai and they are all professional people. I'll be back in Chennai for the release of Osthi.
Posted: 06 Dec 2011 10:48 AM PST
It was announced that Gemini Film Circuit will be releasing the film all across the world with more prints. But on the spur of moment, there seems to have been a sudden change. Gemini Film Circuit has now walked out of the project due to unknown reasons. The film will now get marketed and released by PVP Cinemas. It was expected that Gemini will release the movie in theatres that will have its other project Nanban hitting screens.
Now it looks like the producers of PVP Cinemas have to go for a rapid process in marketing the film.
Posted: 06 Dec 2011 10:43 AM PST
Now at this juncture, Gautham Menon has stated, "I have not mentioned anywhere in the advertisement of Nee Thane En Ponvasantham that who the music composer of this film was. I have mentioned about only certain cast and crew. I have not mentioned about the music composer so far in any advertisement. But who is the music composer of this film is a surprise. There is no truth in the news that A R Rahman will not compose music for my films."
Jeeva, Samantha and Santhanam are acting in the film titled Nee Thane En Ponvasantham directed by Gautham Menon. This film is being produced under the banner Photon Kathas in association with R S Infotainment. This film is being made in Tamil and Telugu simultaneously. The posters of this film had very good response when this film was launched.
Posted: 06 Dec 2011 10:39 AM PST
The eye-opener movie which impressed one and all nationwide will soon be seen on an international scale...
Talks are that Vidhu Vinod Chopra's 2009 blockbuster '3 Idiots' is going to have a Hollywood remake. According the producer they are discussing the deal for the remake with three studios in Hollywood and one company in Italy. As matter of fact, '3 Idiots' is releasing next week in China and surprisingly, nearly 900 prints! Considering it to be first for a Hindi film to release so many prints in China, Vidhu added further, "It is also being adapted into a stage musical in Taiwan. The film has already made about USD 3 million dollars in Hong Kong."
Besides, the film is being remade in Chinese by 'Kung Fu Hustle' filmmaker Stephen Chow.
Commenting over such worldwide recognition, a thrilled Vidhu quoted, "My films are made with universal values, so they connect with audiences all over the world."
Directed by Rajkumar Hirani, '3 Idiots' stars Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Omi Vaidya, Kareena Kapoor and Boman Irani among others. The film, which became the highest grosser in Bollywood, was an adaptation of Chetan Bhagat's bestseller 'Five Point Someone'.The film is currently remade in Tamil as 'Nanban' by helmer S. Shankar and features Vijay (Aamir Khan), Jeeva (Sharman Joshi), Srikanth (Madhavan), Sathyaraj (Boman Irani) and Ileana D'Cruz (Kareena Kapoor) in lead.
Posted: 06 Dec 2011 10:40 AM PST
Kolaveri song was scored by Anirudh, a newbie, and this song will feature in 3, a film that stars Dhanush and Shruti Haasan. Aishwarya Dhanush will make her directorial debut with this film.
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