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A R Rahman 53rd Birthday – Achievements Of The Mozart of Madras

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Indians are fond of their music, whether it is in movies or just the simple old albums.  Given the diverse and rich history of different cultures in India, it is no wonder all these multiple experiences culminate in a rich musical history.  Allah Rakha Rahman, popularly known as A.R. Rahman and the Mozart of Madras, is one of India’s finest music directors and singers. He is remembered for his work in various film industries and languages like Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and English.  Over the course of his illustrious career, the singer won multiple accolades, awards and honours.

 

Let us have a look at some of the famous awards and recognitions won by A.R. Rahman.

 

1) Academy Awards (Oscars)

Academy Awards are widely recognised as a major award function widely anticipated all over the world and where winners are awarded the coveted Oscar.  A.R. Rahman gained widespread fame when he won 2 Academy Awards for his work on the movie Slumdog Millionaire.

A.R. Rahman won the Oscar for Best Original Score and Best Original Song, which he shared with Gulzar.  He won the latter for the song Jai Ho from the movie Slumdog Millionaire.

 

2) BAFTA Awards

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards celebrates the best of television (TV) and motion pictures.  A.R. Rahman won the Best Film Music award for Slumdog Millionaire and was nominated for the Best Film Music for his work on 127 Hours as well.

 

3) Golden Globe Awards

Another major awards ceremony, which aims to recognize the excellence of films both in America and internationally, is hosted by the Foreign Press Association.  A.R. Rahman won a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score for Slumdog Millionaire.

 

4) Grammy Awards

Grammy Awards is the biggest awards ceremony which recognizes excellence in the music industry.  A.R. Rahman won two Grammy Awards for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media and Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire.)  

 

5) National Film Awards

A.R. Rahman won six National Film Awards for his work in the Tamil and Hindi industries.  He won four National Film Awards for Best Music Direction in Tamil films. In 2001, A.R. Rahman’s music in the Aamir Khan starrer Lagaan, which is a period drama, won him a National FIlm Award for  Best Music Direction. In 2017, Rahman also won the Best Background Score for the movie Mom (2017,) which starred the late Sridevi.

 

6) Filmfare Awards

Filmfare Awards is one of India’s biggest award shows and A.R. Rahman won multiple awards for Best Music Director, spread over different editions, for films like Rangeela, Dil Se, Taal, Lagaan, Saathiya, Rang De Basanti, Guru, Jaane Tu..Ya Jaane Na, Delhi 6 and Rockstar.

 

7) Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan

The Indian Government recognized the contributions and services of A.R. Rahman and honoured him by bestowing him with the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour, in 2000.  A.R. Rahman was later conferred the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honour, in 2010.

 

We hope A.R. Rahman always continues to entertain us with his art and music and that he continues winning many more accolades for India and himself.  Here’s wishing the Mozart of Madras a happy 53rd birthday.

 

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Nishabdham Trailer – Madhavan Starrer Promises An Intense Thriller

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Nishabdham Trailer - Madhavan Starrer Promises An Intense Thriller

Nishabdham is an upcoming multilingual movie which stars Anushka Shetty and Madhavan in the lead roles. Directed by Hemant Madhukar, this film is jointly produced by T.G. Vishwa Prasad, Vivek Kuchibhotla and Kona Venkat. 

The trailer begins with an intense and ominous shot in the basement of a house in the U.S., showing a dead body and a terrified Sakshi (Anushka Shetty) turning towards the camera. The next shot shows a news anchor outside the house which is being referred to as a haunted house.  A visibly injured Sakshi is seen in a hospital bed trying to convince Maha (Anjali,) a cop that it was a ghost who committed the murder.  Maha believes it is Sakshi’s best friend Sonali (Shalini Pandey) who committed the crimes but it turns out she is already deceased and cremated.  The plot of the movie can be deduced from the rest of the trailer. Nishadham will be a movie where Sakshi and Maha race against time to connect the dots and uncover the killer.

Watch the trailer here:

 

Madhavan will be seen in an upcoming bilingual movie Rocketry: The Nambi Effect in which he will star alongside Simran Bagga.  The movie is based on the life of Nambi Narayan, a former scientist and aerospace engineer of the Indian Space Research Organisation who was accused of espionage.

Nishabdham stars Anushka as a mute artist and Madhavan as a musician in the lead roles while Hollywood’s Michael Madsen, Anjali, Subbaraju, Shalini Pandey and Srinivas Avasarala will appear in supporting roles.  Nishabdham is slated for a release worldwide, on April 2nd, 2020.  

 

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Hrithik Roshan Credits Ranveer Singh For Fashion Inspiration, Ranveer Responds

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Hrithik Roshan delivered one of biggest hits of 2019 with War, a movie jam packed with action, fights and beautiful visuals.  Following the movie, Hrithik Roshan seems to have taken some time off to vacation with friends.

Hrithik Roshan posted a picture from his vacation where he can be seen walking barefoot on a grass lawn wearing a red t shirt and a white towel wrapped around like a  ‘lungi.’ The actor credited Ranveer Singh for the fashion inspiration.

It is well known that Ranveer Singh has a fondness to make style statements through his eccentric dressing styles.  Ranveer Singh earlier paired a white t shirt with a green lungi and Hrithik Roshan’s credit was a subtle hint towards that.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Needless to say, Ranveer Singh immediately responded with a comment on Hrithik’s Instagram post saying ‘sax’ god, a subtle nod to Hrithik  Roshan’s popularity and being on the list of the world’s sexiest men.

Hrithik Roshan will be working on Krrish 4, the next instalment of the Krrish franchise while Ranveer Singh will be seen in the upcoming Kapil Dev biopic 83.

 

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Sonam Kapoor Advocates Empowering Women Ahead Of Women’s Day

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Sonam Kapoor is a notable Bollywood icon who is known for supporting social causes like breast cancer awareness and LGBTQ equality.  Sonam Kapoor, in a recent post on Instagram advocated for women empowerment, with a picture from her latest photoshoot.

Sharing her thoughts in the post Sonam Kapoor says she cannot be the poor little rich girl anymore nor should she feel sorry for herself.  Speaking more about empowerment, Sonam said she needs to make harder choices in order to pave the future way for women after her. That is the reason why her whole team consists of women and why she also voices the need to cut down thousands of years of deep rooted patriarchy.

 

In another post Sonam Kapoor posted “For me, female empowerment is very important, especially because I’m from a side of the world where women have always been second class citizens (sic.)”

 

 

This post comes just a few days before the International Women’s Day, a day dedicated to celebrate womanhood all across the world. 

Sonam Kapoor is well known for memorable supporting role performances in movies like Bhaag Milka Bhaag (2013,) Pad Man (2018,) and Veere Di Wedding (2018.)  Sonam is perhaps well known for her role as Neerja Bhanot in the biopic Neerja (2016.)  Sonam Kapoor was last seen in The Zoya Factor where she starred alongside Dulquer Salmaan.

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Sourav Ganguly Biopic: Karan Johar To Collaborate With Sourav Ganguly?

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Bollywood is slowly breaking out of its mold by coming up with movies that explore a diverse variety of topics.  Ever since Chak De India came out, the audience wanted more of such movies which evoked a sense of nationalistic pride.  Subsequently movies like Paan SIngh Tomar (2010,)  Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013,) Mary Kom (2014,) and Dangal (2016) which focus on different sports, went on to become box office hits.  The first movie based on cricket, a sport which is dearly loved across India, was M.S. Dhoni:The Untold Story.  This movie broke multiple records and retold the story of one of India’s most successful cricket captains. 

It now looks like we may get a biopic about Sourav Ganguly,a firebrand and ex captain  of the Indian Cricket Team, who led an aggressive team for the first time in the history of Indian cricket.  According to a few reports, Karan Johar seems to have met Sourav Ganguly a few times and his team are on the lookout for a lead actor. 

Sourav Ganguly earlier said “I liked the MS Dhoni biopic, (M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story.) Tendulkar’s biopic (Sachin A Billion Dreams) was a little different.  Now we have a film on the 1983 World Cup winning team.  That will be huge and I will watch it. As far as my biopic is concerned, we will wait and see.” 

An upcoming movie about Kapil Dev’s successful Cricket World Cup campaign in 1983, titled 83 will soon hit the theaters. 83 will have Ranveer Singh in the lead acting as Kapil Dev.

 

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Sooryavanshi 24×7 : Movie Achieves Unique Feat With Its Release Date

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Bollywood director Rohit Shetty is famous for his movies where the protagonist is a police officer.  Rohit previously directed Singham, which saw Ajay Devgn in the lead role.  The recently released Simmba,  a year ago saw Ranveer Singh play the lead role. 

Sooryavanshi is seeing a spate of unique promotions leading up to its release.  When Simmba completed one year since its release, Ajay Devgn released a teaser for Sooryavanshi.  The teaser shows a unique twist, where the three cop universes (Singham, Simmba and Sooryavanshi,) come together in the teaser that was shared by Ajay Devgn on his official Instagram handle.  The teaser shows the three actors Ajay Devgn (Singham,) Ranveer SIngh(Simmba) and Sooryavanshi (Akshay Kumar) come together on the same screen. 

In the latest update from the filmmakers, The release date for Sooryavanshi was announced as March 24th, 2020.  Akshay Kumar shared a video on his official twitter handle showing a bunch of kids handing out a sheet of paper which has the date March 24th to Ranveer Singh, Ajay Devgn and Akshay Kumar respectively.  The video ends with another scene showing Singham, Simmba and Sooryavanshi protecting Katrina Kaif while shooting at what can be assumed as villians.

 

 

 

With the release of Sooryavanshi, the movie will play in theaters all day and night.  The video also mentioned that theaters in Mumbai will be open 24×7 post the release of Sooryavanshi.  The trailer of Sooryavanshi will be out on March 2nd, 2020. 

It will be interesting to see what kind of unique promotional activity will go towards the trailer release.

 

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