Saturday, August 20, 2016

Actor Shakeela says she hasn't joined DMK

A photograph of Shakeela posing with DMK Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi went viral on WhatsApp and Facebook, leading to speculation that the actor had joined DMK ahead of the Tamil Nadu assembly election.

Confirming to TOI that she had not joined DMK, Shakeela said she visited Kanimozhi on January 5 to wish her on her birthday. "I was recently adopted by transgender activist AV Kiruba who is a friend of Kanimozhi. I went with her to meet the MP to wish her on her birthday."

The photograph which was clicked during Kanimozhi birthday surfaced online, raising speculation about Shakeela joining DMK.

The actor added that she had not joined politics and had no such plans either. "I have no interest in politics. I know nothing about it," Shakeela said.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Some bitter truths of the of biography of Shakeela - Book Excerpts

Hyderabad: Shakeela the south Indian actress has published her life story as a Biography called "Shakeela's Autumkatha" , She has written the facts and all aspects of her life in the book. Many people were afraid she might reveal some facts abot them can relax as the book. is more about the facts of her prasdavincindi bitter. Sakilake more than once remuneration paid actress. Most of the book is about Shakeela's past tragedies.

Talking about her childhood she says "I grew up in the castle right behind her Malayalam film industry are among the afflicted. Magalla kalalarani million remaining in her life when she says sukhapadaledani. 'I do not feel guilty .. Surveys in 'Creating a buzz out of the biography was released in Malayalam is the tagline. In some parts of the Times newspaper, they have translated some of the ... On the slideshow ... What was the book The remaining

షకీలా ఆత్మ కథలో కొన్ని చేదు నిజాలు...

>br /> హైదరాబాద్ : సెక్స్‌ బాంబ్‌ షకీలా త్వరలో తాను ఆత్మ కథ రాయబోతున్నానని,ఉన్నదున్నట్లు నిజాలు రాస్తానని ప్రకటించిన గానే చాలా మందిలో భయాలు చెలరేగాయి..ఎవరి గుట్టు ఆమె విప్పుతుందో అని భయపడ్డారు. అయితే పుస్తకం రానే వచ్చింది. ఆమె తన గురించిన చేదు వాస్తవాలే ఈ పుస్తకంలో ఎక్కువ ప్రస్దావించింది. ఒకప్పుడు హీరోయిన్ల కన్నా షకీలాకే ఎక్కువ రెమ్యూనరేషన్ ఇచ్చేవారు. అలాంటి షకీలా గతం చాలా విషాదమయం. చిన్నప్పుడు సూళ్లూరుపేట దగ్గర కోటలో పెరిగిన ఆమె మలయాళం సినీ పరిశ్రమకు వెనుక ఆశ్చర్యపరిచి బాధపెట్టే వాస్తవాలు ఉన్నాయి. కోట్ల మంది మగళ్ళ కలలరాణి అయిన షకీలా తన జీవితంలో ఎప్పుడైనా సుఖపడలేదని చెప్తోంది . 'నాలో అపరాధ భావన లేదు.. బాధే ఉంది' అనే ట్యాగ్‌లైన్‌తో మలయాళంలో విడుదలయిన ఈ ఆత్మకథ అక్కడ సంచలనం సృష్టిస్తోంది. అందులోని కొన్ని భాగాలు ఆంధ్రజ్యోతి దినపత్రిక వారు అనువాదం చేసారు అందులో కొన్ని... స్లైడ్ షోలో...

షకీలా పుస్తకంలో ఏం రాసింది

I'm not ..

'Why should I book autobiography? Anyone have anything to learn from my life? Not just for Mother Teresa. I spent a fabulous life. I also krtrimamainave films. So, I must have the autobiography? Initially, I had similar thoughts. I have come to the rayamante autobiography is not accepting it. Refused. But that was then changed my mind.

Sadharanamainadanine ...   I'm a normal girl. Batakalanukunnanu usually.Judged by others as some one could not be taught. I do not know nothing about touoble of me. and Manju , I do not know anyone. I do not know why I my name became a symbol of romantic crush. How to Shakeela enjoyed how everyone closes teliyalane wrote in her autobiography.

All my sariranne ...   My film is not my body, there is nothing romantic cupattadam. Im a woman, i do not see one today. She has decided to kalalaku romantic counterpart for a time I was a journalist. Put the rice on to anyone who is hungry. Santosannivvadu nothing else except it.

Haiyist remyunesan ...   At one point - this film more than I tisukonedanni remuneration. From one location to another lokesanku tirigedanni flights. Historically PHYSICAL Participant film. A few times - day two, three hours' sleep is also not found.

My mother ... I have no good memories of our relating to the sale. I've always love her. Had to cry. Has destroyed my life to it. She does not love to give it to her. Hers was alive. Who curse.

At the age of 16 ... As far as I was sixteen. I was never a day opprobrious the rules to me. After that - I had a guy come out of the tisukuvedatadani. He comes to me tisukuveltadani a money guy .. With 'good' if the - the whole family is hoping that the financial problems. Insisted that he had to sa

I went ...   I was shocked. Acquisition of words I whispered to me what that means. But there is no other choice for me. A man told me to come and have adopted a divorcee. I was the richest person in the room. I can see him with sadness, fear, gaddakattukupoya. He did not rape me. It is only the beginning.

When virginity ...   I had to go to the next such dhanavantulanekamandi. I'd suffer. I was also a little satisfied. They can, when I did not give me my virginity.

Or else to have sex ..   Alcohol tisukonetappudu - quarter of women than men, as much as I can afford. After a drunken men declare their commas. I was ready to cater to their desires with unnananukuntaru tagutunnanante. In such a way he would survive. Emotional poverty of their life. There's a different feeling than the sex life or not.

While on the set ... Performing music scenes with photographs - many people ask the question of whether the romantic feelings are caused during the shooting. During the entire unit is shooting throughout. Can one look at every one for the motivations of sex?

If not associated with mind..   In relation to women, not only to her omentum. If the sex much emotional attachment. In films I only do just acting. The husband is the one who can satisfy the sex desires.

My sister up!   Nur is the main reason I helped my father who went bankrupt. Retrieved South Indian film actress and I paid more than once in the field. However, our sister stole my song.  

Cestundanukoledu fraud .. A period of a transaction will see my money. I do not trust him completely. He has been with me since my childhood. I did not expect it to behave so ever. At one point, I was fed up with this film. Another lokesanku air moving from one location - on the eye to do boring me to shootings. 

I took a break. So our ammatonu peaceful married life, nurjahantonu said. Then I was shocked. Break would not have looked at the extra large crime. Nur persuaded begun to take decisions on the sly. They just love my money, I had no idea who was on the future. I got very angry. I've gotten dependent. Nur 

The book is expected ... Edition: 1 Publisher: Olive publications Pages: 242 Size: Demy 1/8 Binding: Paperback Edition: 2013 October 

Friday, February 7, 2014

Shakeela Is Die-Hard Fan Of Dileep!

Shakeela, who was keeping away from the industry for sometime, was back in news recently after she published her autobiography. The book was published by Olive Books and it is the true story of the actress on and off screen. Her greatest wish in movies was to act along with Dileep, of whom she is a great fan. Shakeela says that she is die-hard fan of Dileep and had wished to be a part of his movies. But, circumstances did not give her the opportunity to act alongside with him. And, now she is out from the industry. But, Shakeela is ready to do comedy roles even now in a Dileep movie.

In the book, Shakeela is said to have missed out one incident from her life (may be purposely, claims sources). She was having a serious relationship with the brother of a popular actress in the industry. Later, the man ditched her and left. It took her a lot of time to come out of it. Shakeela has written the facts attached to her life in such a way that she leaves no doubt in the minds of her readers. Earlier, she was seen playing a cameo role in the Prithviraj starred movie Theja Bhai And Family.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

ഷക്കീല വീണ്ടുമെത്തുന്നു

മലയാളസിനിമയില്‍ സൂപ്പര്‍താരങ്ങളുടെ ചിത്രങ്ങളേക്കാള്‍ ഗ്യാരണ്ടിയുള്ള ചിത്രങ്ങളായിരുന്നു ഒരുകാലത്ത് ഷക്കീല ചിത്രങ്ങള്‍. കുറേ വര്‍ഷങ്ങള്‍ കേരളത്തിലെ തീയേറ്ററുകളില്‍ പ്രണയത്തിന്റെയും രതിയുടെയും അഗ്നിപടര്‍ത്തിയ ഷക്കീല ഇന്ന് പഴയ ഷക്കീലയല്ല. ഇപ്പോള്‍ പഴയമട്ടിലുള്ള ചിത്രങ്ങളിലഭിനയിക്കാന്‍ തനിയ്ക്കിഷ്ടമല്ലെന്നാണ് ഷക്കീല പറയുന്നത്. വെറും ശരീരം എന്നതില്‍ക്കവിഞ്ഞ് ഒരു കലാകാരിയായി മാറാനാണ് താരത്തിനിപ്പോഴാഗ്രഹം. മുമ്പ് മലയാളത്തിലായിരുന്നു ഷക്കീലയുടെ ചിത്രങ്ങള്‍ പ്രധാനമായും ഒരുങ്ങിയിരുന്നത്. പിന്നീട് മറ്റ് തെന്നിന്ത്യന്‍ ഭാഷകള്‍ക്കും ഷക്കീല സ്വീകാര്യയായി മാറി. പ്ലേഗേള്‍സ് എന്ന തമിഴ് ചിത്രത്തിലൂടെയാണ് ഷക്കീല അഭിനയരംഗത്തെത്തിയത്. പക്ഷേ ഷക്കീലയുടെ ഹിറ്റുകള്‍ പിറന്നത് മലയാളത്തിലാണ്. ഇപ്പോള്‍ സാധാരണചിത്രങ്ങളുടെ ഭാഗമായി ഷക്കീലയെക്കൊണ്ടുവരാന്‍ അണിയറക്കാര്‍ മനസുകാണിയ്ക്കുന്നുണ്ട്. റോളുകളിലേയ്ക്ക് ക്ഷണം വരുമ്പോള്‍ എന്തെങ്കിലുമൊക്കെ ചെയ്യാനുള്ള റോളുകളാണെന്ന് താന്‍ ഉറപ്പുവരുത്താറുണ്ടെന്നും ഷക്കീല പറയുന്നു. ഇപ്പോള്‍ കന്നഡയില്‍ ഷക്കീലയുടെ ഒരു പുത്തന്‍ ചിത്രം ഒരുങ്ങിയിരിക്കുകയാണ് പാതറഗിത്തിയെന്ന് പേരിട്ടിരിക്കുന്ന.

Shakeela does item number in Sandalwood

South film industry's sex symbol, Shakeela, who shot to fame with softporn films, is back in Sandalwood with an item number in Pataragitti. Shakeela, who made her debut in Kannada with Ninty in 2011, appeared in quite a few Kannada films, mostly featuring in comic characters.
Shakeela will now do an item number in the Srikanth-Praju Pooviah starrer. The scene, we hear, involves Shakeela giving a piece of advice on life and how one should not make the wrong decisions by quoting examples from her own life.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Sri Lanka is an amazing place - Ranbir Kapoor

Lead actor of the movie Bombay Velvet Ranbir Kapoor said, "Sri Lanka is an amazing place and what I love most about it is that, it is extremely clean". The Actor also added "I have been shooting films for quite some time now, but I have never enjoyed shooting as much as I did in Sri Lanka."

Bombay Velvet an Indian Movie starring Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Karan Johar and Kay Kay Menon is currently being filmed in Sri Lanka. The Film is the first foreign film to be shot at the Mahinda Rajapaksa National Tele Cinema Park in Ranminithenna which was recently re-launched as "Serendib Studio" under the patronage of MP Namal Rajapaksa.

Anurag Kashyap, Director of Bombay Velvet addressing the media said, " Shooting has been a breeze in Sri Lanka, We could have never completed the amount of work we have done so far at such speed in India."

The film will be shot in a number of locations around the Island including, Galle, Bentota, Kosgoda and Colombo. However a majority of the movie will be shot at Serendib Studios.

Kashyap added that the studio is up-to date with current technology and has facilities that many studios in Asia didnot have on offer.

Filming of the movie is scheduled to end in February 2014. The production team was also happy to announce "A big release of the film in Sri Lanka."

Friday, June 28, 2013

Actress Swarna on Ventilator Support

Malayalam actress, Swarna Thomas, who was seriously injured after she allegedly fell from the balcony of her fourth-floor apartment is critical and is on ventilator support, sources at the private hospital where she is undergoing treatment said today.

Hospital sources said the 18-year-old actress, who is in the intensive care unit for spine and pelvic fractures and liver contusion, is unconscious and on ventilator.

Swarna fell from the balcony on Wednesday night and was in the Neuro ICU.

Swarna Thomas came to the limelight after participating in some dance reality shows of various television channels.

She is the actor in the film 'Buddy', shooting of which is in progress here. The actress has also essayed roles in a few other films, including 'Pranayakadha', 'Flat', and was to act in two Tamil films.


Thursday, June 6, 2013

English Subtitles Can Make or Break an Indian Film

Subtitles are important but still a last minute job

Naman Ramachandran

In 1977, the world premiere of “The Chess Players” by Indian great Satyajit Ray at the London Film Festival was in danger of being canceled because the print wasn’t subtitled. Lead Saeed Jaffrey stepped into the breach and read aloud all the roles in English while the audience listened on headphones.

India has come a long way since then, but subtitlers have to deal with last-minute jobs and almost impossible deadlines.

Nasreen Munni Kabir is one of the vets, having subtitled more than 600 Hindi-language films in English and French since the late ’70s. “If it’s a new release, you never get enough time,” Kabir says. “Too much post-production work is left to the very last second; I mean hours before the film is released, the film can still be a work in progress. Sometimes I have had to subtitle a film before the final audio mix and that can lead to problems if some dialogue is dropped from the final sound mix while the subtitle is not removed.”

The last-minute scenario is also prevalent in the South Indian film industry (comprising the Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam languages). Rekhs has worked on some 150 films across these languages, including “Adam’s Son Abu,” India’s entry in the foreign-language Oscar category in 2012, and 2010’s “Enthiran,” the first Tamil-language film to break into the U.S. box office top 10.

“In the South we have a large group of filmmakers and producers who are not as open-minded to English as a language or fluent in it,” Rekhs says. “So they feel intimidated and English subtitling is not priority. … Most of them are not even aware that subtitles are not just in English. But English acts as a bridge for the movie to be subtitled in other foreign languages as well.”

However the southern scene is improving. It helps that the country’s top subtitling facility is in the southern filmmaking center Chennai, operated by India’s National Film Development Corp. (NFDC), also a leading producer of arthouse films. The process costs range from $830 to $1,400 depending on the length of the film and subtitlers’ charges.

NFDC m.d. Nina Lath Gupta calls subtitling, “a key tool since our films travel to international festivals and markets.”

In the commercial filmmaking sector Disney UTV is among the most aggressive in marketing across the world.

To Disney UTV’s Amrita Pandey, “it isn’t just about the language, but also the essence of the spoken dialogue and its cultural relevance to the audience. What’s important is also the timing of subtitles appearing onscreen, font, size, color.”

As Kabir sums up, “Good subtitles can’t save a bad film, but bad subtitles can ruin a good one.”

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Filmmaker And Gay Icon Rituparno Ghosh Dies At 49

Rituparno Ghosh, the flamboyant film director and one of the very few openly gay figures in Indian cinema, died Thursday at the age of 49 of a massive heart attack at his residence in his native Kolkata in Bengal.

Despite his relative youth, Ghosh enjoyed a long career spanning almost two decades, winning many national and international awards for his films along the way. Some of his most prominent directorial accomplishments included “Hirer Angti,” “Unishe April,” “Dahan,” “Asukh,” “Chokher Bali,” “Bariwali,” “Antarmahal,” “Noukadubi,” “Abohoman” and “Chitrangada.”

Ghosh was finishing his latest film, “Satyanweshi,” a thriller based on the popular Bengali detective character Byomkesh Bakshi, when he passed away. His films generally depicted the foibles and concerns of the urban, educated middle class of India in a realistic fashion, as the nation's status progressed from developing to global emerging power.

Ghosh also worked as an actor. In the movie “Chitrangada,” he portrayed a transgender person in an unusually frank depiction of a part of Indian society largely shunned by the mainstream, particularly by the conservative film industry.

Ghosh’s death triggered tributes from across the Indian film world, as well as from politicians in West Bengal. “Rituparno Ghosh had great sense of humor. He had a brilliant understanding of human behavior. Will miss him and his cinema. RIP my Friend,” wrote famed actor Anupam Kher on his Twitter account. “Shocked by passing of Rituparno Ghosh. He was dreaming of getting into what he called his 'next phase'. Hugely creative explorer on film," tweeted film director Shekhar Kapur.

The chief minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, also expressed her condolences. "We are stunned. In his sudden demise, Bengal has lost an eminent filmmaker. It is a very sad day for us," Banerjee said.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari told reporters: “It is tragic and his demise is not only a loss to the film industry but also to creativity. Right now, our hearts and minds should be with his family. We offer condolences to them.”

Ghosh was part of a long tradition of exemplary directors in Bengali cinema, which is quite different from Mumbai-based Bollywood, stretching back to world-renowned auteur Satyajit Ray. Unlike Bollywood’s focus on music, dancing and happy endings, Bengali cinema (sometimes called "Tollywood") tends to be more serious, penetrating, dark and complex.

One of the greatest actors of Bengali films, Soumitra Chatterjee, now 78 years old, praised Ghosh: "He was a great genius and the void left after his death cannot be easily filled.”

Similarly, Raima Sen, the granddaughter of legendary Bengali actress Suchitra Sen, said of Ghosh: "[He] gave the turning point to my career in the film 'Chokher Bali.' He was more than a director to me; he was almost a part of our family. He was [an immeasurable] genius."

Aside from his skills as a film director, Ghosh will also be remembered for his sexuality in a country that remains extremely hostile to homosexuality or any other form of what society regards as “deviant behavior.”

Amitabha Bhattasali, a BBC correspondent in Kolkata, noted that Ghosh loved dressing as a woman, wearing makeup and jewelry, and that his open sexuality marked him as a maverick in very conservative India. “Initially he wore men's clothes, but in the last few years he completely switched over to women's dresses,” Bhattasali wrote. “Film analysts say that through his films, writings and acting roles, Mr. Ghosh gave a voice to disempowered sexual minorities. Though mocked by many, he lived life on his own terms and never shied from taking up verbal fights with those who mocked him.”

Bhattasali added that women loved working with Ghosh since he, of course, would not sexually harass them in any way – in dramatic contrast to the “casting couch” mentality of many powerful men in Indian cinema. Indeed, Ghosh’s films were widely admired for how they explored the sufferings and feelings of the fairer sex. Onir, another gay Indian filmmaker, said Ghosh’s death marked a “big loss” for India’s LGBT community as well as for Indian cinema.

In an interview with Indian journalist Subhash K. Jha, Ghosh explicitly discussed his view of the portrayal of homosexuality in global cinema and found much to criticize.

“I didn’t like 'Brokeback Mountain' at all,” he said. “In fact, I quite hated it. I was put off by the abruptness with which the love scenes between the two male actors came on. I thought they were unnecessarily sensationalistic and seemed to be put there for titillation… I found it contrived.”

Despite his own career as an openly gay man, Ghosh expressed some skepticism that Indian films (or society) would ever treat homosexuality with total honesty or acceptance. “I don’t think 'Brokeback Mountain' can be done in Indian cinema,” he said. “I don’t know about our cinema. … The sexual mores, family structures and parameters of [what is] permissible are different.”

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Mollywood's most-loved moms

Retirement post marriage was the unsaid yet widely accepted norm for most actresses across the film industry. Though, a close introspection of Mollywood would reveal that the industry has always welcomed back its talented actresses, post their wedding and mother roles in real life... so much so that the most-loved young moms in recent times are setting new yardsticks for the yummy mummy brigade! TOI takes a dekko.

Shwetha Menon
She's been controversy's favourite child right from the time she sent shockwaves across puritan hearts with the condom ad with Milind Soman. Ironical as it may sound, Shwetha entered matrimony at a time when she played the protagonist, Rathi, in the remake of Rathinirvedam, where she played the muse of an adolescent boy. The actress stirred a hornet's nest yet again when she let her delivery be filmed for Blessy's Kalimannu, sparking off a new series of debates. However, Shwetha is unfazed by the series of criticisms, continues to make bold statements with her choice of films and has even declared that she'll give an apt reply to a politician who snubbed her (saying her next delivery would be in an open ground) once Kalimannu hits the screens. Bold and beautiful, did we hear?

Bhagyadevatha and Pazhassiraja set the ball rolling for Kaniha for a successful stint as an actress in M-Town post her marriage. While her marriage to US-based software engineer Syam seemed to have spelt the end of her career as an actress, Kaniha continued to get good offers from the industry.

And motherhood (she's mom to a three-year-old son) was no reason to put a full stop to her career. The actress went on to act alongside the big Ms of Mollywood in Spirit and Bavuttiyude Namathil, and also has a handful of films that will hit the screens this year. Way to go!

She bid adieu to films with Veruthe Oru Bharya, where she starred alongside Jayaram, after she wed Ajilesh Chacko and settled down in Ireland. Though, she returned to do Swa Le with Dileep a little later. Now the mom of a three-year-old girl, Gopika is back on the screen once more to team up with Jayaram in Akku Akbar's recent release. Incidentally, the same team of Veruthe Oru Bharya that gave the actress a warm send-off years ago, have now welcomed her back to the industry, with the recent release having almost the same crew. Welcome home, Gopika!

Nadia Moidu
Now, age sure has forgotten to catch up with this actress! Nadia, who was the most-loved bubbly actress in her heyday, will soon be back in M-Town with Aaru Sundarikalude Kadha (ASK). The actress, who has sizzled onscreen in Telugu and Tamil besides Malayalam, settled down abroad post marriage and made a comeback of sorts with M Kumaran S/o Mahalaxmi. While Sohan Seenulal's Doubles had her team up to do a sister act alongside Mammootty a handful of years ago, ASK will see her in an entirely different makeover. We can't wait to watch the bundle of energy once more...

Navya Nair
Here's another actress who has pulled out at all the stops to be in the limelight even after marriage and motherhood. Nandanam's Balamani starred alongside all the leading heroes of her time before she took a break from films. Scene I Nammude Veedu paved the way for her comeback last year. While the actress is busy judging dance reality shows and giving stage performances, fans are eagerly looking forward to her next signing in M-Town.