World famous film production company Walt Disney for the first time is making a trilingual film in Telugu, Tamil and English languages with Indian artists and based upon regional concept. The title of the Telugu version is Anaganaga Oka Dheerudu. This film is directed by K.Prakash Rao s/o director K. Raghavendra Rao.
Tollywood lover boy Siddarth is acting as hero in this film and Kamal Hassans daughter Shruti Hassan pairs with him. Mohan babus darling daughter Manchu Lakshmi Prasanna is playing important role in this movie. This is a fantasy film filled with amazing graphic works. Today the trailer of this film was released at Cinemax theaters in Hyderabad. Tollywood heavy weights who watched the trailers showered praises on the young director Prakash for his excellent taking and appreciated the amazing graphic work of the film.
K.Raghavendra Rao, Shyam Prasad Reddy, Gunnam Gangaraju, SS.Rajamouli, K.S.Ramarao D.Ramanaidu, Suresh Babu and many others have graced the occasion with their presence.
We have news from reliable sources that Shah Rukh Khan has been approached by entertainment bigwig Walt Disney Pictures. The world famous company is keen to invest in SRK's Red Chillies Entertainment. Buzz is that they have offered to invest a whopping $30 million into the deal.
Representatives of Walt Disney Pictures flew down from Los Angles to London, where SRK was staying on his last trip to the UK. A source says, "Officials from Walt Disney Pictures flew down to meet Shah Rukh while he holidaying in London with his family. Walt Disney has plans of investing $30 million in the first phase of their partnership tenure. Given SRK's popularity abroad, other international companies like Sony Pictures and Rupert Murdoch's company had also shown interest in investing in Red Chillies Entertainment. Although SRK hasn't confirmed the deal yet, it might be interesting if he decides to do so."
When contacted Bobby Chawla, Shah Rukh's manager confirmed the news without divulging too many details. He said, "I don't want to comment on this subject. I only know that Walt Disney officials had met Shah Rukh, but I am not too sure what happened after that." Meanwhile Arjun Mitra, head of Red Chillies Studio, said, "All the information you're seeking is highly confidential and I can't talk about it."
However, our source reveals, "This is the second time that Walt Disney Pictures have tried to get in touch with SRK. The first time SRK couldn't meet them as he was too tied up with work. His manager, Bobby met the officials. But this time in London he was relatively free and did meet them finally."
2011/1/14 9:12:53 The first talk about Siddarth starrer movie Anaganaga O Dheerudu is very positive and encouraging. The films is said to be reached its expectations and is par with any Hollywood movie as it was produced by world famous Walt Disney. The production house has played a clever game by adopting a native content from India that can be easily connect to people and at the same time, there is scope to use the thrilling swords fights, amazing graphic works to enhance the evilness of the witch (played by Manchu Lakshmi) and the rich attire of all the actors, the stunning back ground music and the music given by three Bollywood directors for each two songs, the rich camera work everything thing pleases its audiences. Its reported that Shruthi Hassan looks gorgeous in her rich attire and gave excellent performance. Probably, this will be the first Telugu film which is going to create a new record after Magadheera in such a massive scale. The final reports about this film can be seen in the same page after a while.
This film is directed by K.Prakasha Rao s/o Director K.Raghavendra Rao and made by Walt Disney film production house.
Siddarth, Srutihassan and Manchu Lakshmi starrer film Anaganaga Oka Dheerudu is all set to release on January 14th. Its releasing with 350 prints and in 700 theatres world wide. The immensity of the film is so because it is produced by world famous Walt Disney films. Up keeping the standards of the Walt Disney banner, this socio fantasy film has been made par with the Hollywood standards. The amazing graphic work which runs for 72 minutes, that is major part of the film would be the high light of this film. Dr.Mohanbabus daughter Manchu Lakshmi has played a negative role in this film will be another attraction of this film. Hope the film shall prove that, the pre release hype is really deserved for it.
Disney is in for a Bollywood flavour and as it gets ready to launch its Hollywood blockbusters in India, it is quickly sealing deals. The latest one being with the Shankar Ehsaan Loy trio for its Hollywood chartbuster 'High School Musical'.
"The creativity in India is great. We definitely wanted a Bollywood touch to 'High School Musical'," said Rich Ross, President, Disney Channel Worldwide.
Disney has recently tied up with Yash Raj Films for its animation movie 'Road Side Romeo'. Also on the cards are plans to produce movies out of India and the third in its famous American sequal 'Cheeta Girls' will be produced right here.
Sources say that with strategic 14.9 per cent equity holding in UTV, many more movie projects are in the pipeline to be jointly undertaken.
"We do Mickey Mouse Club House. We have outlive action business here and we are bringing movies for production here," said Ross.
Indian asthetic is the thing that attracts colour and sound exciting things about India, which is inspiring Disney Channel original movies.
For the $36 billion media and entertainment conglomerate Walt Disney, India is an emerging market that has clocked a total of $600 million over the last one year and with plans to produce movies directly out of India, the global giant's interface has just begun.
The animation film to be directed by Jugal Hansraj
The animation film to be directed by Jugal Hansraj will be about a dogs life and will have celebrity voices of Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Javed Jaaferi.
Yash Raj Films (YRF) has entered into an agreement with The Walt Disney Studios, world-renowned leaders in family entertainment, to exclusively create a series of original computer-animated feature films. It was announced today by Yash Chopra, Chairman of YRF, and Dick Cook, Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. The collaboration marks the first time for both companies to enter a co-production to produce films in India.
Each film under this alliance will be creatively overseen by Aditya Chopra and worked on with an inventive array of leading local talent. The first film to be co-produced in this alliance will be Roadside Romeo, set to release in 2008. The film will be produced by Aditya Chopra and, written and directed by Jugal Hansraj, and will utilize state-of-the-art computer animation technology done entirely in India. The film will have voices of celebrities like Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Jaaved Jaaferi. Salim Sulaiman will compose the music while Jaideep Sahni has written the lyrics
Commenting on the announcement, Mr. Chopra said, When YRF decided to venture into the animation space, we felt that an alliance with Disney Studios, the leader in animation, represented the coming together of not just two organizations, but the teaming up of like-minded individuals committed to creating excellent products. Both companies not only have a common quest for excellence but also the same culture and traditions.
Mr. Cook said, Yash Chopra and Aditya Chopra have proven themselves to be true visionaries and leaders in the Indian entertainment industry and have excelled in everything they have done. Animation is a new and rapidly expanding area in India, and the collaboration between Disney and YRF will bring the very best in story-telling and cutting edge technology together as we make wonderful films that appeal to the entire family.
This landmark announcement by Yash Chopra and Dick Cook is a first in the field of animation. YRF and Walt Disney Studios will work exclusively to co-produce a series of animation films in the Indian language. Both companies will be equal partners in the venture and will contribute creative, technical and financial support to the project.
Kamal Haasan, brand ambassador for Project Hridaya Ragam 2008, surprised everyone present at a charity function held this evening at Greenpark Hotel, Chennai, when he agreed to talk a little bit about Dasavatharam. WMC (World Malayalee Council) Chennai Province will be conducting free paediatric heart surgeries under the Project Hridaya Ragam 2008. Along with
Kamal, present at the event were donors and others concerned with the project. The projects aim is to raise money for a 100 free heart surgeries for poor children. Malayalam Manorama said that they would like to raise funds for another 25 free paediatric heart surgeries.
As the evening drew to a close, people began to ask Kamal about Dasavatharam, Kamal replied with amusement that everywhere he went he was unfailingly asked about the movie, and his answer has always remained the same: that he cant reveal anything yet. But this evening all that changes, he said suddenly, surprising everyone there. The film will be released in April, he added, and the audio in March. He went on to praise the work of young music composer Himesh Reshammiya. Here is a North Indian, pointed out Kamal, who has composed music that beautifully and perfectly evokes all that is South Indian. Especially period music and songs that evoke 12th century South India.
Someone else asked him about a proposed project with Walt Disney. The usually taciturn Kamal Haasan admitted that talks were on to get the Walt Disney project off the ground. Kamal opening up over Dasavatharam, long kept under strict wraps, is indeed great news for fans. From now on, we can hopefully expect Kamal to reveal more.
Disney presents High School Musical, Bollywood style
The smash hit Disney Channel original movie High School Musical, which has delivered a platinum-selling soundtrack worldwide and has received numerous honors including two Emmy Awards, is set to sing and dance its way in to India on September 24 at 11 am on Disney Channel.
Customized for India's kids, tweens and families, the dialogue and hugely popular songs are re-recorded in Hindi, with Indian instruments added for Bollywood flair.
Nachiket Pantvaidya, executive director Programming and Production, Walt Disney Television International (India) said, High School Musical symbolizes all that Disney Channel means for kids in terms of following ones dreams and believing in oneself. Millions of kids across the globe have not just cherished the movie, they have adopted it into their lives. They have learnt the dance steps, sung the songs and relate their dreams and aspirations in those of the characters and the plot of the movie.
We have made the music all the more relevant to our Hindi audiences across India by adding the artistry of music industry stars including Sunidhi Chauhan, Naresh Kamath, Shweta Pandit, Neuman Pinto, director John Stewart and programmer DJ G & John Stewart, Nachiket added.
Disney Channel will provide an interactive experience for kids to express themselves through a nationwide music video dance contest, My School Rocks, with announcement of audition venues and dates to be detailed on Sunday on Disney Channel.
Packed with laughter, memorable songs and spectacular dancing, High School Musical tells the story of two high school students Troy, a popular basketball player and Gabriella, a shy, brainy newcomer who share a secret passion for singing.
When these two seemingly polar opposites decide to join forces and go out for the lead roles in the school musical, it wreaks havoc on East Highs rigid social order. In a desperate effort to maintain the status quo, the schools various cliques conspire to separate the pair and keep them from performing.
But by defying expectations and pursuing their dreams, Troy and Gabriella inspire other students to go public with some surprising hidden talents of their own.
The film Anaganaga O Dheerdu has hit the screens today. The film is directed by Prakash son of legendary K Raghavendra Rao. Walt Disney produced the film jointly with K Raghavendra Rao.
The film is a fairytale and set in exotic kingdom called Sanga Rashtra. The graphics, settings, costumes, camera work VFX, sound and everything technical is excellent and on par with Hollywood standards.
However the story is weak and the characterization lacks depth. This lack of emotional quotient is the biggest drawback for the film.
Therefore AOD ends up as a half good and half bad film. The director while giving top preference to technical aspects has forgotten that it is the emotional aspects that connect the audiences to the film. Sadly they are missing in the film.
Kamal has stated that he was disturbed by Sruthi's decision.
Kamal has said that his daughter's choice of music and acting were done under his guidance. He has added that he stops with advice and never interferes in the decision. Kamal has stated that he was disturbed when Sruthi wanted to act. But the way she went about choosing the story has calmed him.
Given the right story, Kamal wants to act along with Sruthi. It would be better if it were a father-daughter story. Kamal has assured that his next film would be 'Marmayogi'. But its launch would take some time. Discussions are taking place with Hollywood's
Even as he is busy with the release of his Tamil film Dasavatharam, Kamal Haasan has started work on his next project Marmayogi that is set in the 7th century. To be made in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and Malayalam, his fourth directorial film is being produced by Walt Disney Productions in collaboration with Bharatbala Productions and Adlabs. Also starring Hema Malini, it has music by AR Rahman. Meanwhile the numero uno actor will be seen in in ten diverse roles in Dasavatharam that is set for release in April. Asin and Mallika Sherawat are in the female leads with music by Himesh Reshammiya.
What was amazing to see was that despite being tied up with work, the superstar made a fleeting visit to Mumbai recently to be with his elder daughter. Shruti Haasan performed at Mumbais Hard Rock Café during the launch of Rolling Stone magazine, where she belted out her own compositions. She is also making her acting debut in a Tamil film being directed by Nishikant Kamat and starring R Madhavan. And there was a proud father all out to support his daughter in her attempt to prove her talent.
'Doremon In Nobita...' to hit Indian theatres Oct 6
New Delhi, Sep 15 (IANS) Here's some good news for children - Walt Disney's animated film "Doremon In Nobita and the Steel Troops: The New Age" will hit Indian screens Oct 6.
Directed by Teramoto Yukiyo, about an earless robotic cat named Doraemon who travels back in time from the 22nd century to aid a schoolboy, Nobita Nobi.
"Doraemon" is a Japanese comic series created by Fujiko F. Fujio.
In the film, Nobita is jealous of his friend Suneo's new robot and asks Doraemon to build him an even better one.
Doraemon initially refuses, until Nobita accidentally discovers pieces of a mysterious robot that have fallen from the sky. After gathering all the robot parts and assembling them, the giant robot, Zanda Claus, is soon completed.
However, soon they discover that the robot is not a mere toy, but a powerful weapon that will help them fight against Robot Army, which is planning to attack Earth.
The child star celebrated his 15th birthday today (9th March) in Sri Lanka where he is vacationing with his family due to the mid-term break from school. Darsheel will be spending the day sight-seeing, bonding and playing with baby elephants, visiting Gautam Buddha shrines, etc
We also hear that the child star will be getting a brand new laptop as his birthday gift! To add to his joy, the promos of his next film with Walt Disney called Zokkomon will be coming out this week. Darsheel essays the lead character in the film along with veteran actor Anupam Kher and Manjari Fadnis (of Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na fame).
Directed by Satayjit Bhatkal, Zokkomon is an action adventure film about an ordinary boy who rises to meet extraordinary challenges. The film is slated for release on April 22nd.
Well, looks like its all fun and celebrations for Darsheel this week!
2008/4/29 10:53:48 Situated on the outskirts of Mumbai at Karjat, the sprawling ND studios owned and promoted by ace art director Nitin Chandrakant Desai, has attracted the attention of Hollywood studios as well.
Leading the pack is 20th Century Fox, which plans to shoot its television serial at ND studios. "At present, both parties are involved in designing and scheduling the sets. The actual shooting will begin in October this year," Nitin Desai said in Mumbai.
Similarly, ND studios is also in talks with Walt Disney studio for shooting of the latter's film on ancient, present and futuristic India, Desai said.
The Walt Disney film will start in January 2009," he added.
Besides this, French film company Gaumount is also going to shoot its upcoming movie Templar at ND studios after monsoon.
Currently, filmmaker Indra Kumar is shooting his next movie at the studio. Also, NDTV Imagine and 9X television channels have booked the studio for their television shows.
9X's magnum opus Mahabarat will be shot at ND studios.
The studio, founded by Desai three years ago, offers a variety of outdoor locations for filmmakers who want to break free from travelling within Mumbai to Filmcity, Yashraj, Filmistan, Mehboob, Kamlistan, RK Studios among others.
Spread over 40 acres in Karjat, ND Studio was rechristiened Big ND Studios after Reliance acquired 50 per cent stake in it.
Big ND Studio offers open spaces, havelis, forts and two huge floors measuring 240/100 ft for indoor shootings. ND Studio boasts of being the location site of films like Lage Raho Munnabhai, Jodhaa Akbar and Traffic Signal among many others.
Reliance Entertainment had picked up 50 per cent in the studio for about Rs 150 crore.
Since the acquisition, Desai continues to manage while Reliance Entertainment is focussing on scaling up the studio.
The long-term goal is to make it the biggest studio in the world on the lines of Universal Studios in Hollywood.
According to Reliance Entertainment sources, the move was clearly in tandem with the plans of Reliance Entertainment, which is aiming to be an aggressive player in the film production arena.
Sources said the studio will be upgraded significantly to cater to Bollywood and Hollywood needs.
Desai said that the studio was looking at line production for Hollywood in a major way. The plan is to add 12 more floors and town squares that are like European location, Mumbai, and Singapore.
Apart from Bollywood, the other focus is to attract a lot more Hollywood productions to shoot in the studio, on the back of cheap labour and technical expertise.
Line production, which essentially means outsourcing of shooting operations, is an emerging concept in the Indian film industry. Reliance Entertainment sees it as big opportunity by scaling up existing studios like ND.
To transform them into a world class production facility, ND Studio is also building a 400/240 feet tall shooting floor, which will then qualify as the largest in the world.
Reliance Entertainment also sees ND Studio evolving into a tourist attraction over the next few years, much like iconic studios like Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal, one of the biggest American studios.
A week after her controversial Vanity Fair portrait was revealed, Miley Cyrus rocked the stage and thanked her fans at the Disney Channel Games concert Saturday night.
"I hope you had an awesome time," Cyrus told the crowd after performing her set. "I saw a sign back there that said, 'Miley, I'm praying for you.' I could not be more appreciative. Thank you guys for all your support. Without you, none of this would be possible. I love everyone of you and I could not be more appreciative. God bless you."
Cyrus kicked off the night with "See You Again" and also debuted two new songs, "Fly on the Wall" and "Breakout," off her upcoming album, dropping on July 22.
Even the downpour didn't dampen the spirits of her fans, who stood in front of the stage and chanted "Miley" in between numbers.
The Jonas Brothers, the Cheetah Girls, Camp Rock star Demi Lovato and Jordan Pruitt also performed at the outdoor show, which capped off the week-long Disney Channel Games. The concert will air in July.
In preparation for her performance, Cyrus opted to skip Friday night's Disney Channel Games media party.
The hard work continued until just an hour before the show, when Cyrus clad in a white tank top, white jeans and gold earrings was spotted still putting the finishing touches on her routine and bouncing around on stage with her dancers.
Movie buffs can look forward to the country's first animation feature film "Roadside Romeo" being produced by filmmaker Yash Chopra in collaboration with Walt Disney.
The film is expected to be released next June, Chopra told reporters here on Tuesday night.
"India has a big potential for animated film industry which has assumed massive proportions in the West," Chopra, who was here to receive the 'Zenith Asia' award conferred on him at the Fifth Asian Film Festival, said.
Asked about the simultaneous release of Farah Khan's "Om Shanti Om" and Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Saawariya", the noted producer-director said it was wrong to suggest that professional rivalry had prompted the timing.
"Diwali being an auspicious occasion, it is natural that producers would want a gala release of their films," he said.
"It is more of a media hype rather than a battle between two banners", he said.
On his forthcoming film "Aaja Nachle" which would mark the "come back" of Bollywood diva Madhuri Dixit, Chopra said the movie theme has been taken from the life of the actress, now settled in the US.
He said it had been his conviction that "a strong script never fails."
On whether his home production "Chak de India" would have been successful without Shah Rukh Khan's presence, he replied in the affirmative, but added that "lekin Shah Rukh ne char chand laga diye (Shah Rukh was par excellence)."
Earlier, Chopra was felicitated by Asian Film Foundation Chairman Kiran Shantaram.
Recently there were a lot of speculations in the media on actress Priyanka Chopra signing a three film deal with UTV. When we checked with Siddharth Roy Kapoor of UTV a couple of days back, he replied saying, "We don't have any conformation to make right now. I would neither confirm nor deny this. When we have something to announce we will do it at that time."
But it's official now! UTV has signed Priyanka Chopra for a three film non-exclusive deal that will span over 4 years. A key aspect of the partnership will be her active involvement in the creative areas of the films.
This landmark deal is a one-of-its-kind for a leading lady in Bollywood and marks a significant move by UTV to drive the corporatisation of the movie business. The association with UTV cements Priyanka's leadership position in the film industry today. As per the details of the 3-film association, Priyanka will be involved in the creative brainstorming process of the films including the shortlisting of scripts and genres.
Announcing the deal, Mr. Ram Mirchandani, Senior VP-Creative and Projects, UTV Motion Pictures said, "We are very proud to be associated with Priyanka. She is undoubtedly the reigning star on celluloid today. Her achievements, in a relatively short span of time, are remarkable. Priyanka is today recognized as one of the most 'bankable' stars that we have. Her ability to straddle a variety of roles is reflective of her immense talent. We are very excited about this partnership and look forward to our long-term relationship with Priyanka."
Priyanka Chopra is equally excited and says, "The basis of our relationship is that of mutual respect and creativity. This association presents an amazing opportunity for me to work in a challenging, creative environment with some of the best minds in the industry. I am looking forward to creating celluloid magic together!" The non-exclusivity of the deal implies that Priyanka can also sign films outside the UTV banner but has to do at least 3 films with UTV in a span of 4 years.
The Priyanka-UTV deal further strengthens UTV's credence for pioneering the Studio Model in India. Its strategic relationships with international studios like 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney and along with Will Smith's Overbrook have already positioned UTV as the leading South-Asian Company in the international movie arena. Its slate of over 12 movies includes Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and International co-productions, making it the largest movie studio in South Asia.
New Delhi, Oct 14 (IANS) Sonam Kapoor has found a unique way to spread awareness about breast cancer. The actress, known for her fashion sense, has urged companies to encourage their employees to wear pink at work as a mark of support for the fight against the disease.
The special initiative -- Wear Pink to Work Day, for the ongoing Breast Cancer Awareness Month -- has been planned by the Ogaan Cancer Foundation (OCF) and the ELLE Breast Cancer Campaign, said a press statement Friday. It will kick off Oct 21.
The underlying concept behind the programme is to convince people to take a step forward in spreading awareness about the disease, for which early detection is the best prevention possible.
Sonam, the brand ambassador for the Ogaan Cancer Foundation, is happy to do her bit.
"It is my privilege to be associated to play a part in spreading breast cancer awareness. Everyone seems to know someone with breast cancer - I lost an aunt to it. Detecting cancer early is the only way to fight and that requires awareness about tests and a healthy lifestyle," she said.
"I hope I can make a difference in my own way," she added.
Over 40 corporate houses such as Apeejay Surrendra Group, Barclays Bank, BBC Worldwide, Bharti Enterprises, the Walt Disney Company, HSBC, Infosys, Jubilant Bhartia Group, Network 18, Park Hotels, Swiss International Airlines, and Tech Mahindra, are said to be participating in the initiative.
"With the Wear Pink to Work Day programme, we hope to reach a new target audience for our message, and raise awareness among men as well. After all, we know women are often self-sacrificing, putting their own needs last. And this is true when it comes to health decisions too. ]It's time for us to acknowledge that a woman's health should be a family priority t0o," said Archana Pillai, OCF director.
2014/2/4 9:52:46 There has been too much talk about Shahid Kapoor and his looks in Vishal Bhardwaj and Disney UTVâs Haider, and what we got to see was stunning.
Shahid sports a neat buzz-cut in the movie that will see him play the desi Hamlet. After giving you the cult hit, Kaminey, the trio of Vishal Bhardwaj, Shahid Kapoor and Disney UTV brings you Haider that is set to release on September 12, 2014.
Haider, also stars Tabu, Shraddha Kapoor and Kay Kay Menon. It is Vishal Bhardwajâs interpretation of Shakespeareâs Hamlet.
Commenting on the look Shahid said, âI believe in the script and have completely surrendered to Vishal Sirâs vision on my character and my look.â
Currently Shahid Kapoor has been filming a song for Haider at the Sun Temple in Mattan, seventy kilometer from Srinagar.
âDisney UTV Studiosâ previous association with Vishal Bhardwaj and Shahid Kapoor delivered Kaminey. The audiences have long awaited the next installment from this team, and in Haider we believe the audiences will find the wait was well worth it. Haider is set against the backdrop of militancy in Kashmir, and has some remarkable performances and great music. We believe Haider will be a worthy successor to Maqbool and Omkara,â says a very upbeat Amar Butala, Creative Director, Studios, Disney UTV.
Recently Shahid Kapoor and Irrfan Khan were attacked with a fire pot while the duo was shooting for Vishal Bhardwajâs Haider in Kashmir.
A source at the location said, âThe shooting was in progress and both Shahid Kapoor and Irrfan were moving towards a car when suddenly somebody from the crowd threw a Kangri (fire pot) which hit Irrfan and the ash whirling in air touched Shahid Kapoor as well,â he said.
One of the crew members said that the incident took place while they were shooting for a kidnapping sequence in the film. The source said that soon after the incident the spectators started fleeing from the spot.
The cast and crew of Haider returned to the valley on January 27 2104. This is the last phase of the shooting for the film here. The crew will be in Kashmir for about a month now.