Nalini Jameela, a 53-year-old sex worker, has been using make-up to attract customers since 1978, but she donned the grease paint on Thursday to act in an English documentary film titled Sex, Lies and a Book.
The 28-minute documentary, based on a book by Jameela, is being produced jointly by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT). Sanjeev Sivan is the film's director.
"The shooting for the docu-drama has begun and I am really excited because we have given a totally different treatment, which is unlike the usual documentary," said Sivan, who is ace cinematographer Santhosh Sivan's younger brother.
"I was asked by the producers to do this film and I felt it was a great theme for a docu-drama because I read her book, which sold like hot cakes in Kerala," added Sivan.
The film has been compartmentalised into three spans of Jameela's life - her childhood, her youth and her present life.
A 13-year-old girl and 35-year-old woman play the first two phases of the sex worker's life while Jameela plays herself in the current phase.
"She speaks on camera on important happenings in her life and we re-create it and I feel this is going to be a great product," added Sivan.
Jameela, who is based in Kozhikode in north Kerala, has been coordinator of the Kerala Sex Workers Forum since 2001 and is also the live wire of Firm - the apex body of five non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
Jameela has no qualms about her profession. She currently stays with her daughter and enjoys spending time with her grand daughter.
Jameela is excited about working in the documentary.
"I have not done acting before so I don't know how I would be able to act. I'll tell you about my experience in a few days time. I never dreamt that I would be able to act in a film," Jameela said..
"I am too pre-occupied with work among the sex workers, so I get very little time to practice my profession. But I make it a point to have at least three sessions a month with clients of mine," said Jameela.
Jameela's book in Malayalam Oru Laingyikathozhilaliyude Atma Katha (The life of a sex worker) released last year and was a great hit among readers.
"That book sold 13,000 copies. I, along with five others, have come out with a second book titled Njan Laingyikathozhilali (I am a sex worker). It has sold 6,000 copies. This book is now being translated into Gujarati, Bengali and Tamil," added Jameela.
The film will be shot in and around Kerala's capital and is likely to be completed in a week's time.
Manisha Koirala's next inspired by a real sex worker
Deepti Naval's upcoming film 'Do Paise Ki Dhoop Char Aane Ki Baarish' is inspired by actual incidents
Deepti Naval's Do Paise Ki Dhoop Char Aane Ki Baarish, a Manisha Koirala-starrer, is inspired by a real story.
Says a source close to the director, "Manya plays a street walker and was excited to hear that her character had been inspired by a real sex worker whose story Deepti had heard through a friend. Koirala plays a sex worker who finds it difficult to survive."
The challenge was to make the actress look ordinary. "Deepti wanted a sari-clad sex worker and not a mini-skirt clad one someone who is a bit neglected.
She wears dark red lipstick, keeps her hair open and wears dark and bright colours like red, maroon and purple. She had to look like a mother and struggler."
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Struggling songwriter Debu is dumped by his lover while aging streetwalker Juhi leaves her son Kaku saddled to a wheelchair. One night Debu and Juhi run into each other and he convinces her to take him on as a babysitter fo a child. She soon begins to feel left out as the bond between her son and the outsider cements.
Is Riya Sen looking for a change of image, at least from the look of her picture alongside, it does show that the actress wants to do something different. Riya will soon be seen playing a village belle in Zor Laga Ke Hayya and will be seen wearing a nine yard saree in the film.
When asked if there was reluctance when the role was offered to her, the actress said she agreed instantly, “I always wanted to play a village belle.” Producer Kartikeya Talreja however said, “Riya was a bit reluctant but when we explained to her how it will be a good change for her, she agreed to do the film.”
Riya plays a construction worker in the film, so did she meet some construction workers to learn their mannerisms and behaviour? “I have seen them all my life,” she says. Zor Laga Ke Haiyya also deals with issues like redevelopment and environment. Riya works as a construction worker and Mahesh Manjrekar plays a contractor who has the hots for Riya. Mithun Chakraborty is also in the film.
Mumbai, Oct 21 (IANS) After all the controversies in "Bigg Boss 4" and shooting an item song, Pakistani model Veena Malik has bagged the biographical role of a sex worker.
Veena will be playing the role of sex worker Madhuri, who has been moonlighting for years to support her family.
The actress has been very quietly meeting sex workers here, particularly Madhuri, for the film "Zindagi 50-50".
"This film has changed my life and my attitude to women and sex workers in particular.
"I insisted on playing Madhuri. Koi connect hai (some connection is there)... I don't know what it was. But I instantly empathized with Madhuri's responsibilities towards her large family," Veena said.
"Maybe because I come from a family of five daughters and one son. But I understand what it feels like to be a woman in a male-dominated society. I've always supported myself, been on my own since adulthood," she noted.
Veena spent hours with Madhuri to know about her dual life.
"In the daytime she's a normal middle-class girl. In the night she puts on her burqa and goes to work in the red-light area, just like any normal working girl," Veena added.
"I loved the dignity that Madhuri brings to her life and her work. I hope I am able to convey the same dignity in my performance," Veena stated.
"Who cares about sex workers? I am appalled by the way they live in the red-light areas, not just in India but across Asia. These women deserve a much better life," felt Veena.
2011/10/11 9:51:42 YSR Congress party worker Rahmathullah visiting Human Rights Commission on Tuesday to file a complaint against Kadapa SP and personnel of Pulivendula Rural Police Station who allegedly tortured him in Pulivendula last week.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan rocks World Kannada Sammelan
Aishwarya Rai was invited to the the World Kannada Sammelan, an event to facilitate Kannadigas from across the world from . Individuals who had excelled in their respective fields of arts sciences etc. and had contributed to the country and the people of the world at large in Art social work, literature etc.Aishwarya Rai a house hold name who has represented India in the international arena as a model, Actress and social worker dazzled at the World Kannada Sammelan in a traditional avatar "in a saree".
The crowds amounting approximately 6.5 lakhs burst into a roar as Aishwarya set to light the inaugural lamp . The actress was accompanied by her mother to the Sammelan.
She has been around in Bollywood for over two decades now, but even today Juhi Chawla doesn’t fail to charm the audience.
The actress, who has some 80 plus films to her credit, says that she has had enough of the run-of-the-mill films and is happy with the different roles that are coming her way.
"I have had my time of dancing around the trees without knowing what the scene was and neither knowing what the previous was. I was just going along with the flow and doing the commercial bit and now I have out grown them," Juhi says.
Bas Ek Pal is her latest film in which she plays a social worker.
She will be also be acting in films including Salaam-E-Ishq and Happy New Year which are going to see her have a busy 2006.
However, Juhi is not just satisfied being an actress, she is also trying her hand at singing.
"It is something that I always wanted to do as a child," she says.
The rescue operation to save the 33 workers who were trapped in a gold mine that is half a mile below the surface, since last 69 days finally begins on Wednesday morning in the presence of Cheli President Sebastian Pinera. Rescue operation specialists and engineers has been continuously working for the last 69 days, drilling a parallel hole to the mine and making other arrangements. Cheli President Sebastian regularly visits the spot to supervise the entire rescue operation from the day one. A steel capsule- container that has been specially made for this purpose was used to bring out the workers from the mine. It takes around one hour to bring out each worker from the golden trap.
The first worker was safely Florencio Avalosy brought out on Wednesday afternoon and the President Sebastian who was eagerly waiting outside has received and fondly hugs him. Rescued worker wore a helmet and sunglasses to protect himself from the glare of bright lights. He smiled broadly as he emerged and hugged his sobbing 7-year-old son, Bairon, and wife.
A second miner, Mario Sepulveda Espina, was pulled to the surface about an hour later. His shouts heard even before the capsule surfaced. After hugging his wife, Elvira, he jubilantly handed souvenir rocks from his underground prison to laughing rescuers. Then he jumped up and down as if to prove his strength to everyone before the medical team took him into a triage unit.
From then, every one hour one worker at a time brought out safely in the steel capsule specially made for this purpose.
This is the most horrifying accident in the mines history of world and the most successful rescue operation also. All the workers who spent in the dark for the last 69 days were safe and being lifted out one by one. The last worker who trapped inside the mine will have his turn after 24 hours from now, since the rescue operation need to be carried with utmost caution and in a very slow pace. (Photo source: Eenadu)
"Commercial sex worker" becomes Mammooty's heroine
Recently, a film was released in Tamil named 'Ammuvaagiya Naan'. This was about a commercial sex worker and how her life takes a turn for the better when a progressive-minded writer falls in love with her.
Bharati, whose mother happens to be from Kerala, had played the lead role. Though she had acted in couple of films in Telugu before, this film was almost a relaunch for her. Thanks to its controversial story and extreme glamour (with all the unnecessary cleavage shows and wet white shirts…), the film made profits at the box office.
The industry appreciated her courage to accept such controversial roles. The film's hero Parthiban was so irked by the popularity she got from it that he has now sworn not to act in such "heroine-oriented" subjects!
Now, she has decided to switch to Malayalam and is going to become the heroine of none other than Mammooty himself!
Dhanam with Sangeetha in the lead is nearing completion. Sangeetha plays a meaty role in the movie, which is said to revolve around the life of a commercial sex worker played by her. Director G. Shiva has come up with a different story which revolves around the life of a sex worker played by Uyir Sangeetha. National award winner Girish Karnad plays an important character role in the movie. Aziz Vidyaarthy, Prem, Raj Kapoor also play important roles and Karunas takes up the role of a comedian. The shooting of the movie is progressing in Hyderabad at Ramoji Film City.
Dhanam shooting has been done at famous dasi centres in Andhra like Peddapuram and Silukoorpuram. The unit has returned now to Chennai.The next phase of acting will take place in Thirunelveli, Tenkasi and Ambasamudram.
Art director Thotta Tharani has come up with excellent sets for the movie. The budget for the sets has come to Rs. 30 lakhs. Music director Illiyaraja got very impressed after listening to the story and suggested interesting situations for the movie. Lyrics are penned by Vaali.Would ‘Dhanam’ be like an art film? It would but there will also be no lack of commercial value, says the director. The film will be released in Tamil and Telugu at the same time.The movie is getting ready to hit the theatres soon.
The evening of March 6, 2008 glistened with stars at the Taj Connemara Hotel in Chennai on the occasion of the release of 'The Name is Rajinikanth' authored by Dr. Gayathri Srikanth. Eminent personalities from the industry marked their presence for the event which commenced at 6.00 p.m. with the auspicious lighting of Kuthuvilakku by Soundarya Rajinikanth and the author Dr. Gayathri.
The Name is Rajinikanth was released by noted political analyst and veteran actor Cho Ramaswamy and received by Soundarya Rajinikanth. Samples from the book were read out to the audience. Cho, while speaking on the occasion, congratulated the author on bringing out such a book. On Rajinikanth, he asserted that the superstar should step into politics that could do wonders for the political scenario of Tamil Nadu and India.
The event was also attended by AVM Saravanan, director Muthuraman, Balachander, Sivakumar, Karthi, and Vijayakumar. The Name is Rajinikanth that gives a sneak peek into the life and career of the actor, is available for sale all over India in bookstores now.
2011/9/20 2:40:50 A "Harry Potter" fan is set to auction the boots that author J.K. Rowling wore while writing the first book of the series.
Emily Waldo was just a 10-year-old student when she wrote to the novelist for a school project.
She asked Rowling to answer a shoe questionnaire. But she was stunned when Rowling also sent her a pair of well-worn black boots she had worn while drafting "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone", reports dailystar.co.uk.
Waldo is now selling off the shoes and plans to use the funds to help pay for her college education. She would also donate some of the money to her former school and a cancer charity.
Waldo, now 22, recalls: "I walked into the school office where there was a package addressed from England with about eight stamps in the corner. I knew exactly what it was. I vividly remember skipping up the steps to my classroom with a smile from ear to ear. I couldn't believe it. I had the author of Harry Potter's boots!"
"I read the questionnaire aloud but her handwriting was a little difficult for me to decipher. And it took me years to understand how witty it actually was. I am indebted to J.K. Rowling for providing me with an experience that has enriched my life." (IANS)
London, March 8: An unauthorised biography of Amitabh Bachchan was released in the British capital by the English author who described the Bollywood superstar as the "uber-god" of Indian cinema.
Jessica Hines also read excerpts from her 287-page book titled "Looking For The Big B" last night to a packed gathering at 'Sitaaray', an Indian restaurant quite aptly adorned with posters and photographs of Bollywood cine stars.
The book takes a fascinating peek at the Mumbai film industry and also tells the story of a very unlikely friendship between Jessica and the 'Superstar of the Millennium'.
"He is India's most legendary film star - a cross between Clint Eastwood, Al Pacino, Elvis, and with more than a hint of John Travolta," Jessica wrote in the book, her maiden venture.
"In a country like India where film stars are treated as gods, Amitabh Bachchan is the uber-god, the Big B." Bachchan sent a congratulatory message to the author on the occasion.
Actor-turned-director Atul Agnihotri’s forthcoming project Hello hit a bump when Celina Jaitley and Zayed Khan walked out of the film. The movie is based on author Chetan Bhagat’s famous book ‘One Night @ A Call Centre’ which is the story of six youngsters working on a night shift in a call centre.
The film’s story is set in one night only. Atul had previously said that Zayed and Celina’s roles in the film were tailor-made for them. But now the two actors have opted out of the project.
Apparently, their departure was not prompted by any disagreement over the movie’s script or concept, but by date problems. Because the movie is set in a single night, Atul wanted to shoot the film in a single schedule to maintain spontaneity.
But Zayed and Celina had other projects in their kitty and could not spare the required dates. Now, Atull Agnihotri has replaced the two with Sohail Khan and Isha Koppikar.
‘Hello’ will have Salman Khan telling the story from the author’s perspective. The film is about a one-night conversation with God.
Bollywood actress Tabu says she wants to make people laugh after spending years making people cry.
The talented actress, who uses only one name, is known for serious, strong character roles in Indian cinema.
Tabu also plans to write a Hindi-language film script.
``There's truth, there's connection in writing in your own language,'' she told a newspaper in an interview published on Friday. ``I want to write about the importance of having a good childhood.''
Tabu is associated with several children's charities that look after the welfare and education of orphans and street children.
She also said that she loved comic movies so much that she was keen to act in one.
``I love watching comedies. I become an embarrassment in theaters - I fall off the seat laughing,'' Tabu said. ``I've made people cry enough. Now I want to make them laugh. I want to do a comedy.''
In her recently released movie ``The Namesake,'' Tabu plays a young immigrant bride who learns to live in a foreign country. The movie about an Indian family coping with living in the United States is based on a novel written by Jhumpa Lahiri, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Indian-born American author.
Since her debut in the early 1990s Tabu has won several national awards and acted in more than 50 movies.
Even before he resumes shooting for the Ghajini remake next week, actor Aamir Khan has already informed director AR Murugadoss about his one-day trip to Jaipur on Januray 26 to meet his favourite novelist and screenplay write Gore Vidal.
According to reports, Vidal will be attending the Jaipur Literature Festival during this time. The actor has managed to set up a meeting with him. He has also requested his director to let him for a day so that he can meet Gore Vidal in Jaipur. The story goes that Aamir has read a few of Vidal’s works including his essays with socio-political, sexual and historical themes. The author, all of 82 years, has been strongly critical of the George Bush government and that has influenced the actor largely.
Aamir is particularly fond of his screen writings for Ben-Hur and the television movie, Billy, the Kid. The actor learnt about Vidal’s trip to India very recently. He expressed his desire to meet the writer and Vidal readily agreed. The actor also intends to screen the film Taare Zameen Par for the delegates at the festival. He wants to keep a screening followed by an open discussion. However, Aamir will not be participating in the third Jaipur Literature Festival that celebrates world literature and features debates, talks, workshops, music performances and film screenings.
Prof.K.Srinath Reddy, head of the depot of cardiology, AIMS, New Delhi will be awarded with the prestigious annual awards by Dr. Ramineni Foundation for visistapuraskaram with a citation, memento and a cash award of Rs.50,000/-,. Noted veteran film actress Anjali Devi, well known social worker Dr.Umar Alisha and renowned academician prof. I V Chalapati rao will be awarded visesha puraskarams carrying a citation, memento and a cash award of Rs.25,000/-. The venue for this function will be at Convention center, Hotel Marriott, Hyderabad, starting at 6 Pm on 12th of October. Mr. AVS, the Convener of this foundation and the committee members Mr. Dharmapracharak Ramineni, VV. Rao and Dharmapracharak Ramineni announced these details.
The descendants of Dr Ramineni Ayyanna Chowdary of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, founded this with a noble cause. Protection and promoting the historic heritage of Indian culture and ideals of Hinduism is the main aim of this foundation.
2011/10/9 11:38:08 YS.Jagan Mohan Reddy accompanied by his followers has staged picket before Pulivendhula Police station in Kadapa on Sunday evening as the police have beaten his party worker Rehmatullah. He demands for the suspension of CI and SI and also demands for explanation from them. He accused the police are harassing his party workers.
2006/12/8 9:10:41 Most newcomers are much inspired by the Khans. And actor Kunal Khemu, who’ll be next seen in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Traffic Signal, seems to have found his ideal in Aamir Khan. Apparently the newbie has worked in two films with Aamir as a child artist already, and has tried hard to imbibe his extreme professionalism, so much so that for his role in Traffic Signal, Kunal has often traveled to Dharavi to pick up the nuances of the local goons. And his effort has been much applauded by Bhandarkar, who says, “He used to then come and discuss it all with me. He’s a very hard worker.” The guy surely believes: Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar.