Friday, 20 May 2011

My favourite actor: Rahul Bose

A very versatile method actor, Rahul Bose is an actor, director, screenwritter, social activist and an international rugby player. Bose has appeared in Hindi films such as Pyaar Ke Side Effects and Jhankaar Beats. Time magazine named him "the superstar of Indian arthouse cinema" for his work in parallel cinema films like English, August and Mr. and Mrs. Iyer. He is also notable for his social activism: he participated in the relief efforts that followed the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami and is also the founder of the anti-discrimination NGO, The Foundation.Bose is also a former member of India's international rugby team, the National Orange Indian Rugby Team.

Born on 27 July, 1967, he describes himself as "half Bengali, one-fourth Punjabi and one-fourth Maharashtrian". Bose spent his early childhood in Kolkata, West Bengal and then moved to Mumbai with his family. His first acting role was at age six when he played the lead in a school play, Tom, the Piper's Son. As a child he took an interest in sports after his mother introduced him to boxing and rugby union. He also played cricket and was coached by cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi.

Bose began working as a copy writer at Rediffusion and was later promoted to advertising creative director. Bose left the job to become a full-time actor after the release of his first film, English, August.Bose started his acting career on the Bombay stage in Rahul D'Cunha's Topsy Turvey and Are There Tigers In The Congo?. D'Cunha's aunt was the casting director for director Dev Benegal's film English, August and suggested that Bose should play the lead role. After filming a screen test, Benegal decided to cast him as civil servant Agastya Sen. Based on the novel of the same name by Upamanyu Chatterjee, English, August was one of the first Hinglish films and gained Bose international recognition when it became the first Indian film to be purchased by 20th Century Fox and won several awards at international film festivals.

In 1997, Bose was cast to play the role of Saleem Sinai in the BBC adaptation of Salman Rushdie's novel Midnight's Children. The project was eventually canceled after the Indian and Sri Lankan governments refused to allow filming. After seeing Bose in English, August, director Govind Nihalani cast him in the villain role opposite Ajay Devgan in the mainstream film Thakshak.

In 2001, Bose made his directorial debut with Everybody Says I'm Fine!. Starring Rehaan Engineer and Koel Purie and featuring Bose in a supporting role, Everybody received mixed reviews from critics, but won Bose the runner-up John Schlesinger Award for best directorial debut at the 2003 Palm Springs International Film Festival. In 2002, Bose starred opposite Konkona Sen Sharma in Aparna Sen's art film Mr. and Mrs. Iyer. The film, a critique of communal violence, was a critical success and won several awards at international film festivals as well as three National Film Awards. He also acted in commercial fims like Jhankar Beats,  Pyaar Ke Side Effects, Chameli, Shaurya, 15 Park Avenue after that.

Bose assisted in the relief efforts in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands after the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. As a result of this work, Bose launched the Andaman and Nicobar Scholarship Initiative through his NGO, The Foundation. The scholarship program provides for the education of underprivileged children from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Bose is associated with several charitable organizations such as Akshara Centre, Breakthrough, Citizens for Justice and Peace and the Spastics Society of India. He is closely associated with the Teach For India movement to eradicate inequity in education. In addition, he became the first Indian Oxfam global ambassador in 2007. He is the founder and chairman of The Group of Groups, an umbrella organisation for 51 Mumbai charitable organisations and NGOs. He is also an ambassador for the American India Foundation, the World Youth Peace Movement and Planet Alert. He was also a vocal proponent of Narmada Bachao Andolan.

Bose has given lectures on gender equality and human rights at Oxford and during the 2004 World Youth Peace Summit. In 2009, he toured Canada lecturing on global climate change under the auspices of Climate Action Network and demonstrated with protesters at the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

My first venture...

hmm.... I was pretty sceptical about it but now I am confident enough to make some more... Your valuable implements will boost me even more...  So keep my morales high!! Thankss!!:):)

Friday, 11 March 2011

New defining faces of Cinema......

Rajit Kapur is particularly known for his award-winning portrayal of Mahatma Gandhi in the 1996 film, The Making of the Mahatma. One of his most popular stints is his portrayal of Byomkesh Bakshi in a television series of the same name based on the character created by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay and directed by Basu Chatterjee.

 Nandita Das is an award-winning Indian film actress and director. As an actress, she is known for her performances in Fire (1996), Earth (1998), Bawandar (2000) and Aamaar Bhuvan (2002). As a director, she is known for her directorial debut Firaaq (2008), which has won a number of national and international awards.

Anupam Kher is an acclaimed Padma Shri Award-winning Indian actor who has appeared in nearly 400 films and 100 plays. Kher made his acting debut in the 1982 Hindi movie Aagman. Then in 1984 came Saaransh, where he played a retired 62 year old man who has lost his son at the age of 28.

Naseeruddin Shah is an Indian film actor and director. He is considered to be one of the finest actors of Indian cinema. In 2003, the Government of India honored him with the Padma Bhushan for his contributions towards Indian cinema. Shah has acted in movies such as Nishant, Aakrosh, Sparsh, Mirch Masala, Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Ata Hai, Trikal, Bhavni Bhavai, Junoon, Mandi, Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho!, Ardh Satya, Katha, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, etc.

Om Puri is an Indian actor who has appeared in both mainstream Indian films and art films. His credits also include appearances in British and American films. He made his film debut in the 1976 film Ghashiram Kotwal, a film based on a Marathi play of the same name. He has collaborated in many films with Amrish Puri as well as Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil in art films such as Bhavani Bhavai (1980), Sadgati (1981), Ardh Satya (1982), Mirch Masala (1986) and Dharavi.

Shabana Azmi is an Indian actress of film, television and theatre. Azmi has appeared in over 120 Hindi films in both mainstream and independent cinema, and since 1988 she has acted in several foreign projects. In addition to acting, Azmi is a social and women's rights activist, a Godwill Ambassador of the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA), and a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian parliament. Her first release was Shyam Benegal's directorial debut Ankur (1974).

Kamal Haasan is an Indian film actor, screenwriter, and director, considered to be one of the leading method actors of Indian cinema. He is widely acclaimed as an actor and is well known for his versatility in acting. In addition to acting and directing, he has also featured in films as a screenwriter, songwriter, playback singer, choreographer and lyricist. In 2009, he became one of very few actors to have completed 50 years in Indian cinema.

Shobana Chandrakumar, popularly known mononymously as Shobana is an acclaimed Indian actress, choreographer, and an exponent of Bharatanatyam dance. She has won the National Film Award for Best Actress twice and has mainly acted in Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, and Kannada films. In 1994, Shobana founded a school for classical Bharatanatyam dance in Chennai - Kalarpana. The aim of Kalarpana is to organize annual festivals throughout India.

 Surekha Sikri or Surekha Sikri Rege is Indian film, theatre and TV actor. She has won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress twice, for her role in Tamas in 1988 and for Mammo in 1995. Surekha Sikri was the recipient of 1989 Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. In Dec 2008, she was awarded "Best actress in negative role" for the serial Balika Vadhu (Colors TV), in the IDEA ITA Awards 2008.

Songs : Now and then...


The video is from the 1949 movie "Mahal" starring Ashok Kumar and Madhubala. Made in 1949, one of the most beautiful suspense song sung by Nightingale Lata Mangeshkar. Even now 2010, no song can be compared to this tune and melody.
The song is so well produced, begins with a slow foreplay, haunting, dramatic expressions, with a violent swinging chandelier starts the most melodic song and thus starts the whole drama of the one who would come.. Wonderful climax with the more dramatic lady going missing at the swing which is also haunting leading to a closing goodbye as she drifts away on the lake..
Haunting melody as someone says it already is the most apt description for this song..


The transition from slow and dramatic songs to rocking and foot tapping songs is highly visible especially in the Bollywood (Hindi Film) Industry. Gone are the days when most of the youngsters preferred Art or Parallel Cinema. Now, the commercialization of movies have changed the taste of the youngsters to a large extent. People prefer movies like "SINGH IS KINGG" over any Madhur Bhandarkar and Vishal Bharadwaj movies.