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dayita Goldie

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Pray for Me Brother, sings A R Rahman
Shaikh Ayaz
Friday, May 19, 2006  18:33 IST

After the patriotic album 'Vande Mataram' in 1997, A R Rahman will come out with another record in June on the values of humanity titled 'Pray for Me Brother'. Rahman, who was in Mumbai on Thursday night, said that he's been quietly working on this album for a while.

"It's a simple song, which will be very unique in its concept," added Rahman. Bharatbala (the maker of Aishwarya Rai starrer 'Taj Mahal') will be directing the video for the number.

Explained Bharatbala, "The idea behind this is to spread the message of humanity. We will tell people to preserve humanity."

Meanwhile, Rahman, as always, is looking at working at his own pace. "I now want to do projects which satisfy me. I want to do new things," he said. He has finished the music for Mani Ratnam's 'Guru.'

Can we expect another 'Bombay'? "I don't know how much to expect. But expect something," he laughed. The genius composer also has Ashutosh Gowariker's 'Akbar-Jodha', Rajkumar Santoshi's 'London Dreams', whose music he said, "won't be all rock" and Shekhar Kapur's 'Golden Age'.

Ask Rahman why each and every composer worth his salt reveres him so much - even Himesh Reshammiya quipped that if ever he would lend his voice to any composer, it will only be Rahman - and the Mozart from Madras remarked, "I don't really know. I feel humbled. They respect me. I just hope they learn the right things from me!"
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dayita Goldie

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S.J.Suryah's next venture

After Kalvanin Kadhali S.J.Suryah is busy with the movie Thirumagan. In this film he has totally changed his get-up. He looks like a real bachelor with a shabbily dressed look. He says it is one of the steps to become a top star.

It has been Suryah's long time dream to bring to celluloid, life in Tirunelveli in the likes of Bharathiraja's directorial style. Producer Thanu has come forward to make the dream come true. The film is directed by Rathnakumar, who till now has been a story and dialogue writer. It goes without saying that the story and dialogues in the film are by him! Just like in Kalvanin Kadhali S J Suryah has let the director do his work in Thirumagan and he will concentrate only in acting. A. R. Rahman is the music director for the film. 3829/news/SJSuryah.html

dayita Goldie

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Published: 05/26/2006 12:00 AM (UAE)

Asia's largest film institute prepares to open in July

By Pamela Raghunath, Correspondent

Mumbai: As Asia's largest film, television, animation and media arts institute throws open its doors for the first time in July, it could spell exciting opportunities for the next generation of film-makers.

Set within the green and hilly surroundings of Film City in suburban Goregaon, where Bollywood has its powerful presence, the 150,000 sq ft Whistling Woods International (WWI), set up by noted producer-director Subhash Ghai, is all set to greet its first batch of students by a faculty of film-making professionals.

Some of India's big names in the film industry are among the institute's advisory board music director A.R. Rahman, script writer and lyricist Javed Akhtar, film makers Karan Johar and Nagesh Kukunoor, actors Naseeruddin Shah, Shah Rukh Khan and Shabana Azmi, dance trainers Shiamak Davar and Saroj Khan.

"Both basic and advanced technology will be offered, with the curriculum devised in a manner as though students are making a movie," said Kurt Inderbitzin, Dean, WWI.

"When entertainment executives and even laymen to the movie business discuss world class film schools, they may mention programmes in Los Angeles, New York, England, Vancouver and Sydney but they seldom, if ever mention any schools in India," he says.

Given the fact that India produces more feature films than the US, England, Canada and Australia combined, "This seems like a great oversight for the academic world. It's an oversight that we at WWI intend to rectify."

Students will be learning the ABC of every department to get a solid grounding in the aesthetic, commercial and technical facets of the complete film-making process learning screenplay writing, direction, storyboarding, visual storytelling, photography, cinematography, lighting, editing, post-production and so on.

They then specialise in the field of their choice.
dayita Goldie

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A R Rehman Unveils Fluid The Flute Album
Event: AR Rehman unveils Fluid the flute album
Venue: Rock Bottom, Juhu, Mumbai
When: Thursday, May 18th 2006
Present: A R Rehman, Shankar, Eshaan and Loy, Naveen Kumar
Note: Naveen Kumar performed on the occasion of his debut album launch as A R Rehman launched the album in the presence of music trio Shankar, Eshaan and Loy, Naveen has worked with A R Rehman before and respects Rehman as his Guru. He was thrilled to have Rehman unveil the album and spoke about his work on the occasion.
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Shah Rukh in Subhash Ghai's next!
by Debasis Jana

If everything goes right, showman Subhash Ghai may be seen in his old avatar again; Ghai, as per latest wants to direct a movie, which will have Shah Rukh in the lead. Last film, Ghai directed was Vivek Oberoi starrer 'Kisna', however it couldn't fare well at the box office.
At present, Ghai is on lookout for a right script. "It's at very initial stage now, however that much I can confirm you that Shah Rukh Khan will play the key role in the film and A.R. Rahman will compose its music," revealed Subhash Ghai recently in an Internet chat session.
Subhash also revealed his willingness to cast Salman Khan for his production. However he will not be directing the movie. "But it will feature Salman Khan's best performance to date," Ghai said. html
dayita Goldie

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"Bombay Dreams" makes Americans dance
Houston, June 06: Bombay Dreams - the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Rehman Musical - is touring America these days and both the natives and South Asians here are shaking a leg to Shakalaka, Baby! and Chaiyya Chaiyya.

The play combines the glamour of tinseltown and the heart-aching romance with a lush score, glittering costumes and exotic dance numbers. It has all the Bollywood Theratrics and even a rain-dance sequence --a common feature with Indian movies. So enamoured were the audience that the play received a standing ovation of 15 minutes.

Produced by the independent producers network, which combines a dozen regional musical theaters and co produced and presented here by Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS), the musical opened on May 24 and continued till June 4.

A dazzling spectacle set amid India's bustling film industry, "Bombay Dreams" was a super hit in London where it opened at the Apollo Victoria theatre in 2002 and closed in 2004. It later opened at the Broadway theatre on April 29th, 2004 and ran for 30 previews and 284 regular performances.

Panned by the critics but lapped up by the audience, the show downed the shutters due to high investment, 15 months after it was staged at Broadway. However it is being brought back to a new audience in various American states. It has the music by legendary A R Rahman and Don Black.

Based on a book by Meera Syal and Thomas Meehan, the play was conceptualised by renown Director Shekhar Kapur - of 'Elizabeth', 'Masoom' and 'Bandit Queen' fame and Broadway composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, its original producer.

Bombay Dreams takes its audience on a rhythmic ride as it follows young, witty Indian street-dweller Akaash on his rise to fame in Bollywood, the Tinseltown of the East.

On his way to stardom, Aakash falls in love with aspiring filmmaker Priya and learns that the price of fame and fortune means rejecting his roots and values.

This Tony-nominated epic has been slightly modified for American masses. "Diversity is part of our mission," Nick Manos, the Atlanta company's Managing Director said. "As this is the first musical about Indian culture and music, we thought it was a natural. It's also a fun, energetic dance show.

"The other key factor is Rahman's music, which is exceptionally moving at points. He's the John Williams of India, who's sold 150 million albums and has millions of fans. Yet to Americans, he's hardly known at all," he said.

"The London production was in some ways a loving tribute to Bollywood," Manos said. "But it also was a spoof. It had the over-the-top quality and the melodramatic multiple plotlines, like a soap opera. It was a snapshot of Indian culture as depicted in Bollywood films. The New York production simplified it, made compromises that made the show more accessible, but al so took the uniqueness and the culture out of it."

Before the show begins, excerpts of Bollywood films were shown on large screens, giving first-time audiences a sampling of the genre.

Bombay Dreams score includes "Salaam Bombay," "Bollywood," "I Could Live Here," "Is This Love?," "Famous," "Chaiyya Chaiyya," "How Many Stars?," and "Shakalaka Baby," which was danced around a spectacular onstage fountain on Broadway. The fountain is featured in the tour, which concluded in Houston on Sunday.

People enjoyed watching it as it was the first Indian musical set in Bombay, a rare visual treat indeed, not an everyday fare for Americans and has definitely aroused their interest once again.

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dayita Goldie

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Salman Khan to work with Subhash Ghai

Renowned film director has confirmed in an Internet chat session that he has signed Bollywood heartthrob Salman Khan for his next production.

The film is as of yet untitled, and Subhash will not be directing it, but it will feature Salman Khan's best performance to date.

Ghai has also said that he will very soon be taking up the director's chair again, and is hoping to lure Shah Rukh Khan to star. AR Rahman will pen the music. However, he still has to decide on the right script, and production on this may not be soon.

dayita Goldie

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A.R. Rehman composes for 'Provoked'
Joginder Tuteja, IndiaGlitz [Monday, June 05, 2006]

His 'Mangal Pandey - The Rising' may have turned out to be a disappointment, as far as its music sales are concerned but his 'Rang De Basanti' has more than compensated with consistent sales over the months inspite of a slow beginning.

Now his next BIG release is the musical score of 'PROVOKED', an international film by Jag Mundhra starring Aishwarya Rai in a central role. On catching a sneak peak of the film's music, one just can't help but salute the master in A.R. Rehman who has come up with a poignant, soul-stirring and a thoughtful score.

Suiting the mood of the film, the score has a painful feel to it and promises to enhance the proceedings as a part of the narrative.

Edited by dayita - 06 June 2006 at 11:22am

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