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Ceylon Poster

First Look Poster: Ceylon

A brand-new teaser for director-cinematographer Santosh Sivan’s new film Ceylon (Inam in Tamil) has launched online. We don’t have details on the plot currently, but the film reportedly revolves around the lives of teenagers in an orphanage against the backdrop of war-torn Sri Lanka.

It’s an interesting, unconventional first look for the film, which doesn’t showcase any of the characters just yet, and instead chooses to show the destruction of war juxtaposed against nature, something Sivan is known to capture beautifully. Take a look:

The film stars Saritha, Karunaas, Sugandha Ram among others. Here are some of the crew details:

Directed by: Santosh Sivan
Producer: Mubina Rattonsey – Santosh Sivan – N.Subash Chandra Bose
Cinematography: Santosh Sivan ASC, ISC
Production Designer: Sunil Babu
Editor: T.S.Suresh
Music Director: Vishal Chandrashekhar
Sound Designer: Vishnu PC, Arun S Mani
Co Producer: Milind Verekar – Sojan.VN – Anirudh Menon
Lyrics: Charukesh Sekar – Karunaas
Dialogues: Aarthi Sivakumar – Shyam Sundar
Screenplay: Santosh Sivan – S.Sasikumaran – Saranya Rajagopal

The trailer of the malyalam film Makaramanju in which Santosh Sivan makes his debut as an actor, is out. It also stars Karthika and Nithya Menon and is based on the life of Raja Ravi Varma.  The film has been directed by Lenin Rajendran.

The wait is over. Here it is. Finally! The first look of one of the most anticipated films of the year. The first look of Mani Ratnam’s Raavan is out. Its just a teaser but enough to get our curiosity quotient high. Click on the play button to watch it.

So, what do you think ?  Here is what we felt…

1. Superb music. Will Rahman-Gulzar deliver again ? Seems like…veera ke dus mathe

2. Mani Ratnam’s heroine again making “wet” entry! Earlier it used to be in films. Check any films of his. Now its the same in teaser.

3.  Looks like it has hangover of Vishal Bhardwaj’s Omkara. Freeze it at 00:26, doesnt he exactly look like Ajay Devgan in Omkara ?

4. But still somehow lives upto the expectations. Great energy, gorgeous set up and perfect sound with the visuals. Ok, thats nough analysis for just 30seconds.

And we are back with CQ. The big question – How will it end ? Will Raavan die ? Will Ram kill Raavan ? Or will be something else. Yeah, we know cinema is not all about how it ends but we are willing to believe it after Ratnam made the corporate film Guru. End does matter!

In the film Abhishek Bachchan plays the lead character (Raavan) who kidnaps Aishwarys Rai (Sita) and falls in love with her. Tamil star Vikram plays the role of Ram in the hindi version and lead role of Raavan in the tamil one . Govinda’s role is inspired by Hanuman, Ravi Kissan plays Abhishek’s aide and Nikhil Dwivedi plays a cop. Here are four options, see which one works…

1. Both Ram & Raavan will die fighting for Sita. Everything is fair in love and war!

2. Raavan will let Sita go. Then Ram will use her to get back at Raavan, put a trap and kill him.

3. Raavan will use Sita, who will fall in love with him, and then they will kill Ram.

4. Raavan will kill Ram. And Sita will kill Raavan. And finally Sita will kill herself.

We know whats the right one. Lets see if you can score! Take a pick. And will Team Ratnam-Rahman-Sivan deliver magic again ? Seems so, atleast from what we are hearing.

Santosh Sivan is the new one to join the club after Farhan Akhtar, Rituparno Ghosh, Anurag Kashyap and Hansal Mehta. Cinematographer turned director Sivan is now in front of the camera for a Malyalam film titled Makaramanju. The film is directed by Lenin Rajendran.

Sivan plays the role of renowned painter Raja Ravi Varma in the film and Karthika, yesteryear actress Radha’s daughter is the lead actress in the film. And we can bet for one thing. Sivan will be much better than Randeep Hooda in Ketan Mehta’s Rang Rasiya because atleast he knows how to hold the paint brush as he comes from a painting background. Rest we are not so sure! Take a look!

raavanFor as long as we can remember, the film has been in the making! And its still making headlines for all the wrong reasons! Incidents, accidents, cast and crew replacements, animal welfare board, notice, arrest, permission issue,  rains, schedule getting delayed, health problems – just think of any problem that can happen to a film and Raavan had it!

The recent news is that Bipasha Basu is out of Raavan! For more details click here. First, her casting came as big surprise. From the beginning, it was not mentioned anywhere. And by july-august, the cast and crew members happily announced that the film is almost complete. Suddenly Bipasha’s name pops out! We are sure it must be for an item number. Cant be more than that. And now, she is even out of it!

Before Bipasha, it was DOP Manikandan who left the film and Mani got his good friend Santosh Sivan behind the camera. Recently they had shooting problem because of the heavy rains in the Malshej Ghat area. Before that it was elephant scare, notice from animal welfare board, permission issue in the jungles of kerala and Ratnam’s heart attack.

And Mr Asif, where are you ? Asif, who ? Asif from this post who thought we were putting out fake news! Earlier we had put a post on the rotal mess of the shooting schedule of Raavan.  Click here to read our earlier post.

The hindi version of the film has Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Govinda & Vikram. In the tamil version, Vikram potrays Abhishek’s role and has Aishwarya Rai, Prithviraj and Priya Mani in the lead.

If its going like Apocalypse Now, we sincerly hope that it turns out to be one Apocalypse Now! We want to get rid of the memory of his last film corporate film on Reliance which was masked as Guru!

The National Film Awards list is finally out. Earlier we confirmed few winners including Prakash Raj For Best Actor on this post. And like always, we were right. Check out the other winners.

Best Actor – Prakash Raj( Kanchivaram )

Best Actress – Uma Shree ( Gulabi Talkies )

Best Film – Kanchivaram

Best Director – Adoor Gopalakrishnan ( Naalu Pennungal – Four Women )

Best Child Actor – Sharad Goyekar ( Marathi film Tingya ) 

Best Supporting Actor – Darshan Zariwalla ( Gandhi My Father )

Best Supporting Actress – Shefali Shah (The Last Lear)

Best Lyrics – Prasoon Joshi ( Taare Zameen Par)

Best Playback Singer(Male) – Shankar Mahadevan ( Taare Zameen Par )

Best Playback Singer (Female) – Shreya Ghoshal

Best Film on National Integration – Dharam

Best Film On Family Welfare – Taare Zameen Par

Best Film For Overall Entertaintment – Chak De India

Best Screenplay – Feroze Abbas Khan ( Gandhi My Father)

Best Music – Ousepacham for Ore Kadal

Best Film (Hindi) – 1971

Best Film (English ) – The Last Lear

Best Special Effects – Sivaji

Best Art Direction – Om Shanti Om

Best Choreography – Ye Ishq Hai (Jab We Met)

Best Cinematography – Frozen ( Shanker Raman)

Best Audiography – 1971

Best Editing – Naalu Pennungal ( Malyalam)

Best Film on Social Issues – Antardwanda ( Dir – Sushil Rajpal )

Special Jury Award – Gandhi My Father

Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film – Shivajee Chandrabhushan for Frozen

Best Book on Cinema – From Raj To Swaraj : The Non Fiction Film In India by B D Garga

Best Film Critic – V K Joseph ( Malyalam )

In the non-feature/short films category, mentioning only those few which am aware of (read friends or friends’ friend) –

Best Educational/Motivational/Instructional Film – Prarambha (Santosh Sivan)

Short Fiction Film – Udhed Bun ( Siddharth Singh)

Best Cinematography – Kramasha ( Savita Singh )

Best Audiography –  Kramasha ( Ajit Singh Rathore )

Best Music Direction – Echoes of Silence ( English/ Khasi – Zubin Garg)

For the full list of entries and winners click here.

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

raavanMani  Ratnam’s Raavan has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. And if a lil birdie from Kerala’s jungles is to be believed, the film’s schedule is in a royal mess!

Ratnam has already shot for more than 100 days and when he saw the rushes, believe it or not, it turned out to be only 20% of the film. He chucked the rest. Some 600 cans have already been exposed and with so lil output! Now Ratnam has decided to re-shoot major portions of the film.

Shooting permission issues in Kerala & Ooty, had a heart attack and then he wasn’t happy with Manikandan’s work. Everything went wrong. Manikandan has been replaced with his old favourite Santosh Sivan.

With Reliance’s big money, he surely doesn’t need to worry about the finances but the problem is with the actors’ dates. The hindi version stars Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Govinda & Vikram. In the tamil version, Vikram potrays Abhishek’s role and has Aishwarya Rai & Prithviraj in the lead. The actors have been asked to give fresh dates.

Ratnam is going back to the jungles of Kerala soon to re-shoot the portions. And after that, there is shooting schedule of more than 180 days to be completed. At this rate, they should rename the film as Such a Long Road to Perdition!