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Prakash Raj’s “Naanu nanna kanasu”

Here is glimpse of national award winning actor prakash raj’s new kannada  movie ” Naanu nanna kanasu(me and my dreams)”. This movie also coproduced by Prakash rai,B Suresha and shailaja nag is a depiction of a father’s narration of his own coming-of-age, with the birth and growth of his daughter.


55th National Film Awards : Umashree best actress , Prakashraj best actor


The 55th National Film Awards 2007,  has been announced and  Umashree gets the best actress award for her performance in Girish Kasaravalli’s Kannada film “Gulabi Talkies“.


While  Tamil actor Prakash Raaj gets the best actor award for 2007 for his performance in Tamil film “Kanchivaram”. Raaj has earlier won the best supporting actor award for his film “Iruvar” in 1998 and a special jury award in 2003.

adoorAdoor Gopalakrishnan gets the best director award for his malayalam filmNaalu Pennungal( Four women) .kanchivaram

“Kanchivaram” has also been chosen as the best film for 2007.  Directed by Priyadarshan, the film depicts the lives and times of silk-weavers of Kancheepuram in pre-Independent India.

sharad goyekar tingyaThe best child actor award goes to Sharad Goyekar for his role in the Marathi film “Tingya”.

gandhimyfatherSpecial Jury Award for best film and Best Screenplay Award for his film Gandhi My Father by Feroz Abbas Khan . A third award for best supporting actor also went to Darshan Jariwalla for Gandhi My Father.

There is also a special jury award for this film, which explores the troubled relationship between Harilal Gandhi and Mahatma Gandhi.

“Chak De” gets the award in the wholesome entertainment category and “Taare Zameen Par” in the family welfare category.

Playback singer Shankar Mahadevan has won the award for the song “Meri Maa” from the film “Taare Zameen Par”.

The jury was headed by Sai Paranjpe; other members included Ashok Viswanathan and Namita Gokhale. About 102 films and 106 non-feature films were considered.

Walk Backwards into the Horizon

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Bangalore film society is presenting `Walk Backwards into the Horizon‘, a weekend of the first three films of one of the greatest directors of our time and our perennial favorite- Jim Jarmusch.

Friday 15th May, 2009 Time: 6.30pm
Down By Law (1986/107min) Dir: Jim Jarmusch

When fate lands three hapless men—an unemployed disc jockey (Tom Waits), a small-time pimp (John Lurie), and a strong-willed Italian tourist (Roberto Benigni)—in a Louisiana prison, their singular adventure begins. Described by director Jim Jarmusch as a “neo–Beat noir comedy,” Down by Law is part nightmare and part fairy tale, featuring fine performances and crisp black-and-white photography by esteemed cinematographer Robby Müller. Nominated for Palm D’Or 1986.

Saturday 16th May, 2009 Time: 6.30pm
Stranger Than Paradise (1984/89min) Dir: Jim Jarmusch

Rootless Hungarian émigré Willie (John Lurie), his pal Eddie (Richard Edson), and visiting sixteen-year- old cousin Eva (Eszter Balint) always manage to make the least of any situation, whether aimlessly traversing the drab interiors and environs of New York City, Cleveland, or an anonymous Florida suburb. With its delicate humor and dramatic nonchalance, Jim Jarmusch’s one-of-a-kind minimalist masterpiece, Stranger Than Paradise, forever transformed the landscape of American independent cinema. Winner of Camera D’Or at Cannes 1984. ಓದನ್ನು ಮುಂದುವರೆಸಿ

oh! Chaplin


Udupi : After moral policing, Hindu organizations have now turned into religious blackmailing of sorts. They are opposing the installation of a 67-foot statue of Charlie Chaplin at Othinane near Baindur. 

Why? Chaplin was a Christian and if his statue is installed near a temple, it will hurt Hindu sentiments, they said. 

Kannada film director Hemanth Hegde, the brain behind the statue, said he will consult the film fraternity and the CM on finding a suitable place for the statue in Karnataka, probably in Bangalore. 

Hegde said his team of artists had begun construction of the Chaplin statue on March 5 at Othinane, near Someshwar temple, as he found the scenic backdrop ideal to attract tourists. He had taken the gram panchayat chief into confidence before commencing work. 

On Friday, some activists, led by Suresh Batwadi, stopped the work saying the statue should not be located anywhere near the temple as it would hurt the feelings of Hindus. 

Hegde said they tried in vain to convince him that Chaplin was an international celebrity. “I am upset by the fascist attitude of these so-called Hindu activists who have no respect for even great artistes like Chaplin. The activists have threatened to destroy the statue if it’s erected in the district.” Hegde said. 

Though the Udupi DC and police have given permission, he is reluctant to go ahead since he feels art work should not be taken up in such a violent atmosphere.

Courtesy: Times of India

Chaplin in Udupi


Beautiful Maravanthe beach will soon get a 62-foot-high statue of master comedian Charlie Chaplin, thanks to a film being shot there. The crew hopes their efforts will find a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. The statue would be erected near Maravanthe beach – about 400 km from India’s tech capital Bangalore – for director Hemanth Hegde’s Kannada film “House Full”. The filmmaker said he would like their creation to remain a tourist attraction even after their shoot. “We are shooting a song sequence in Maravanthe Beach where this 62-feet statue of Charlie Chaplin is being shown. It will remain a tourist attraction after we finish the film’s shoot,” said Hegde. “We have applied for recognition from the Guinness Book of World Records. David Brown from the Guinness Book is expected to arrive in India to scrutinise our claim,” he added. Produced by Anuj Saxena of Maverick Productions, “House Full” will see Hegde play an important role along with actor Diganth, Vishaka Singh and Girija Oak, who had featured in Aamir Khan’s “Taare Zameen Par”. “Our film’s art director Chethan Mundadi is constructing the statue with the assistance of many students from different art schools in the state.

charliechaplin_000It will cost us Rs.35 lakhs (Rs.3.5 million) and we are awaiting permission from the Karnataka government to install the statue. All the formalities have been completed in this regard and we will probably install it on March 28,” said Hegde, who has directed three Kannada films and Hindi film “Khanna and Iyer” earlier. The director claimed that the BBC would be doing a half-hour programme on the installation of the statue for the film. “House Full” is a comedy about two irresponsible youngsters who are always finding new ideas to please their girlfriends.

Courtesy :The  Hindu

Zanussi in Bangalore

Director Krzysztof Zanussi

will be present at the screening of his film

for a discussion with the audience. 

Venue: Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanth Nagar, Bangalore – 52. 

Monday, 2nd March, 2009                      Time: 6.00pm 



Krzysztof Zanussi is a true man of cinema. A longtime studio head and producer as well as a writer and director, Zanussi has made both films and filmmakers in a life spanning more than sixty cataclysmic years in Polish history.

Born in Warsaw in 1939, the year the Nazis invaded Poland, Zanussi studied physics, philosophy, and filmmaking during the high Stalinist 50s and the slightly thawed 60s, then participated in the vital “Cinema of Moral Concern” movement during the 1970s by writing and directing such films as Illumination (1973) and Camouflage (1977). A brilliant diplomat and statesman, in 1979 Zanussi was appointed head of TOR Films, a government-funded studio that went on to make films critical of the very regime that funded it. Many of the directors whose works Zanussi produced went on to eclipse Zanussi himself in international prestige, including Agnieszka Holland and Krzysztof Kieslowski.

But Zanussi himself never stopped directing films, even through the early ’80s, when martial law reigned in Poland, and the early 90s, when the loss of state subsidies threatened the very existence of Polish cinema. Through these times and into today, he has also endured as the head of TOR Films (now a privately held company), and lectured and written prolifically as a public intellectual.

Among Zanussi’s most recent projects is Weekend Stories, a series of eight piercing short films. As in The Decalogue, which Zanussi co-produced through TOR Films, some sets overlap between different hour-long episodes, and moral issues are frequently fundamental to the individual stories. However, here, each story takes place over the span of a weekend, begins on a shot through a window, uses a few of the same pieces of music, and explores relations between the country and the city. Moreover, there is the consistent attention to science, method, and morals that has been a signature of the highly-educated Zanussi from the earliest films he directed in the 1950s through today. In Weekend Stories, that attention to method often focuses in on how precisely Poles can and do go about surviving the post-Communist transition, and, more generally, as in The Decalogue, how the beliefs each of us holds affect how we go about living in the modern world.

Charlie Chaplin said it….


A day without laughter is a day wasted.

-A man’s true character comes out when he’s drunk


-Actors search for rejection. If they don’t get it they reject themselves.

-Despair is a narcotic. It lulls the mind into indifference.

-Dictators free themselves, but they enslave the people. charlie20chaplin1

-Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.

-I’d sooner be called a successful crook than a destitute monarch.

charlie20chaplin1-I am at peace with God. My conflict is with Man. 

-I remain just one thing, and one thing only, and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician.

-I do not have much patience with a thing of beauty that must be explained to be understood. If it does need additional interpretation by someone other than the creator, then I question whether it has fulfilled its purpose.