Pikchar With Rita: The Relevance and Timeless Appeal of ‘Naya Daur’ Across Eras

While watching Naya Daur today, it’s difficult not to appreciate the burden cinema took in a newly-independent India, of articulating the ‘national’.What I strongly felt while watching the 1957 film Naya Daur is how brutalised the lives of the poor have been, and how songs and mythologies help differentiate existing from survival.

Kalaimamani Awards Handed Out After Eight Years; Three New Awards Announced In J Jayalalithaa’s Name

Actress-dancer Vyjayanthimala Bali, actors Karthi, Sasikumar, Prabhu Deva, Prasanna and Vijay Sethupathi, and composer Yuvan Shankar Raja were among the 201 recipients of the Kalaimamani Awards, handed out by the Tamil Nadu government after a gap of eight years.
At a function in Chennai on Tuesday, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami handed over the awards for veterans in the arts for the years 2011-2018. The government also announced an increase in the weight of the gold medals, from three to five sovereigns, and said that as requested by artistes, the financial assistance given to elderly artistes will increase from Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000.
Actor Nasser, president of the South Indian Artistes’ Association (SIAA), or Nadigar Sangam, released a statement thanking the Chief Minister and Kadambur Raja, Minister for Information and Publicity, and the chairman (composer Deva) and secretary (dancer Chitra Viswesaran) of the Tamil Nadu Iyal Isai Nataka Manram, a unit of the Directorate of Art and Culture, which gives away the awards.
Among the awardees are dancer-actress Vyjayanthimala Bali, who received the Balasaraswathi Award for excellence in dance, actors Kutti Padmini (2011), Prasanna (2013), Pandiarajan (2013), Nalini (2013), Ponvannan (2014), Madhu Balaji (2015), Prabhu Deva (2015), Sasikumar (2016), MS Bhaskar (2016), Thambi Ramaiah (2016), Soori (2016), Vijay Sethupathi (2017), Priyamani (2017), Srikkanth (2018), Santhanam (2018), and music composers Vijay Antony (2015), Yuvan Shankar Raja (2017), directors Chithra-Lakshmanan (2011), lyricist Yugabharathi (2015), and cinematographer Rathinavelu (2015) for excellence in cinema. 

Films Based On Books: A Look At Raazi & Other Mainstream Bollywood Adaptations That Have Performed Well At The Box Office

Although Meghna made some minor tweaks to the adaptation, the film has been received very well by the audience and was appreciated for its unbiased message.That said, the film did miss out a few moments that were much appreciated in the book.  What makes the film worth watching over reading the book is the climax – the Tamil style wedding.

‘Chinna Chinna Kannile’ From Then Nilavu

Song – Chinna Chinna Kannile from Then Nilavu Singers – AM Raja, P Suseela Music Composer – AM Raja Lyricist – Kannadasan Director – CV Sreedhar Starring – Vyjayanthimala Bali, Gemini Ganesan Gemini Ganesan and Vyjayanthimala don traditional Kashmiri outfits to celebrate their budding romance. Much of this film’s first half is devoted to the love-hate relationship between the leads. CV Sreedhar trains […]

Long, Long Ago, Songs Featuring A Sole Woman Dancer Were Not Called ‘Item Numbers’

A very young Waheeda Rehman says ‘Salaam Babu’ in a special appearance in Alibabavum 40 Thirudargalum.  The song is meant to provide some relief from the otherwise thrilling film, and does just that, without resorting to sexual gimmicks.Perhaps the most famous example of a special song is ‘Kannum Kannum Kalandhu’ from Vanjikottai Valiban (1958).  Featuring two exceptional dancers – Vyjayanthimala and Padmini – the song is more a celebration of these women and their in-form dancing skills than anything else.

In Her Time: The Saroja Devi Interview

And that Saroja Devi looked like a dream, didn’t hurt either. “I was told that the red sari I wore in the film became the most wanted that year.Even then, while other heroines chose to do supporting roles to stay relevant, Saroja Devi insisted on being the female lead. “I knew my worth.It was at this point that Saroja Devi rued her lack of proper education. “I wanted a better life for my children.

Ranveer Singh & Ranbir Kapoor Likely To Star In Sangam Remake

Actors Ranveer Singh and Ranbir Kapoor might star in the remake of Sangam. The two actors have been offered the lead roles in the film by Karan Johar. If they sign, Ranbir would play the role made famous by his grandfather Raj Kapoor, while Ranveer would play Rajendra Kumar’s role. According to reports, Deepika Padukone is likely to play the female lead, originally played by Vyjayanthimala.