Friday, December 14, 2007

Telugu cinema's newest sensation

Did you face a problem singing in Telugu? You subsequently sang for Jagadam too.
I had a slight problem with the diction but not with the accent. I was totally myself singing that song in Rakhi. Devisriprasad is a nice man to work with. Yes, I sang in Jagadam too. It was my second song with Devi.

Your singing career seems to have taken off. Are you singing in NT Rama Rao's Yamadonga too?

Yes, I'm singing the song Olammee Tikka Regindaa.

I have also sung a song Aakelesthe in Shankardada Zindabad, another one in Tulasi with Devisriprasad, one for Rasool Sir's film and one for Krishnavamsi Sir's Chandamama.

The thrill I get out from singing is something else. It was my dream to become a singer

Telugu cinema's newest sensation

Your first Telugu project was a song for Rakhi (released last December) which was quite popular. How did that happen?
I did not expect to be launched as a singer as I was to act in Aata. But I did not.

At a photoshoot for Aata, Siddharth and I were chatting about music when Siddharth introduced me to music director Devisriprasad and asked me to sing. I sang a few lines of songs in Hindi, Malayalam and Tamil.

After hearing me sing, Deviprasad invited me to his studio. That's how it started.

I received a lot of praises for the song so I didn't feel the jolt of being replaced by Ileana in Aata. I would have loved to make it as an actor but making it as a singer was a plus. Call it a stroke of destiny; it just fell into my lap.

I got some Telugu offers after my Malayalam film Mayookham but did not take up any.

Telugu cinema's newest sensation

Within a short span of time, Mamta Mohandas has charted a successful path in the South Indian film industry by showcasing not just her acting talent but her singing skills too.
The actress began her film career in Malayalam and soon crossed over to Tamil. She is presently acting in her first Telugu film Yamadonga, which is directed by Rajamouli and is scheduled for release on August 8.

The actress, whose latest project is a Kannada film, has acted with many superstars like Mammootty, Mohanlal and Suresh Gopi.

Radhika Rajamani caught her in a chatty mood, where she spoke about herself and her career.

Telugu actress Aarti Agarwal ties the knot

Also conspicuously absent from the wedding was the film fraternity, which was also apparently not invited.
Agarwal, who hails from Gujarat, has acted in over two dozen Telugu films, with almost all top heroes in Tollywood. She made her debut in the hit Nuvvu Naku Nacchavu opposite Venkatesh, and continued with chartbusters Nuvvu leka nenu lenu, Nee Sneham, Bobby, Indra and Vasantham.

Telugu actress Aarti Agarwal ties the knot

The actress, who once dated Tamil actor Tarun, was dressed in a pink and blue crepe sari, while the groom was dressed in a dark brown kurta and a pagri. She married the NRI banker at the Arya Samaj in Ranigunj. Both the families were present at the venue. No invites were sent out to the media.

Telugu actress Aarti Agarwal ties the knot

Popular Telugu film actress Aarti Agarwal tied the knot with an NRI, Ujwal Kumar, on Wednesday in Hyderabad. The couple were reportedly in love for the past six months.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Chiranjeevi's daughter refuses to return home

It would have been a perfect plot for a Chiranjeevi movie. The Telugu superstar's daughter, Srija, is now camping in New Delhi with her husband, Shirish Bharadwaj, after the two left Hyderabad citing a threat to their lives.

The 19-year-old girl eloped with her 22-year-old boyfriend against the wishes of her family, and got married in an Arya Samaj ceremony on October 17. Immediately after the ceremony, the couple approached the media, saying that they feared for their lives, and asked for police protection.

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On Monday, Srija and Shirish, in a desperate bid to save their lives, knocked on the doors of the Delhi High Court seeking police protection. A Division Bench of the Delhi High Court took on record the plea by the couple and ordered that police protection be granted. The Bench, in an interim order, also said that the newlyweds would keep the Delhi police informed about their residential address in Delhi so that protection could be given.

The couple, who were at their advocate Pinky Anand's residence, is still not confident of returning to Hyderabad. This, despite the assurance given by the superstar himself that no harm would be done to them.

The road for the couple has not been easy so far. First, the parents of both Srija and Shirish were against the wedding. So they got married without the knowledge of their parents.

Then, they had a rough tough time travelling to Delhi. They had to be on the lookout all the time as they feared that they
could be chased. The couple reportedly changed at least six cars before reaching their destination.

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In Delhi, they met up with a lawyer with a request to file a petition in the Delhi High Court for protection. Their counsel Pinky Anand says that her clients were majors, and legally married. Hence, the law could not stop them from continuing with their married life.

Anand also said that Chiranjeevi was a very influential person and that's why the couple feared for their lives. Their fears have not subsided despite the assurances given by both Chiranjeevi and his brother Pawan Kalyan.

"I was shocked when I came to know about the marriage," Chiranjeevi had said. "The important thing is that my family and well wishers have stood by me during this traumatic period. But now I want to bless my daughter and tell her that sweety, wherever you are, I wish you happiness."

The superstar's brother, Pawan Kalyan, surrendered his revolver in a police station in Hyderabad and said that it was a symbolic gesture by him to show that the family was in favour of peace and not violence.

Counsel for the superstar, Maninder Singh, said that they would file their reply before the Delhi High Court on October 29 in which they would make their stand clear. He added that the couple had nothing to worry, as Chiranjeevi had blessed the couple.

Sources say that the superstar's family want to put an end to this drama as they feel that they are getting a lot of negative publicity. Although the family may come to terms with this marriage, there could always a section among the fans that may try and cause harm to the boy, sources said.