Chinmayi praises Sonakshi for her effort in learning Tamil

Chennai: Actress Sonakshi Sinha, who surprised Rajinikanth with her performance in 'Lingaa', earned praise from popular playback singer Chinmayi who has dubbed for her in the upcoming Tamil movie.

Chinmayi, who has dubbed for the 26-year-old actress in Tamil and Telugu in the multilingual film, said it was refreshing to see the effort Sonakshi has put in, in learning the Tamil lines.

"It is her first Tamil film and her sincerity showed. She could have actually tried dubbing for herself in Tamil if not for the fact that it wouldn't have sounded like a Tamil native. If at all she does act in some urban love story she could dub for herself," Chinmayi posted on a social networking site.

A source from the film's production team had recently said, "It is Sonakshi's debut in the south and we all are quite fascinated, including Rajinikanth sir, by how she has adapted to the south movies so quickly. Even though it is a completely new language for Sonakshi, she has been pretty quick with the shooting..."

Chinmayi missed out on a chance to sing in the Rajinikanth starrer as she was travelling but director Ravikumar made sure she was part of the movie and got her to dub for Sonakshi.

"And yes after Shivaji this is the first time I didn't get to sing in a superstar film. But I definitely believe all that happens is for the very best," she told PTI.

Besides Sonakshi, the other lead actress is Anushka Shetty. The music for the film, scheduled for release in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi on December 12, is by A R Rahman. 

Chinmayi, who has dubbed for actresses like Trisha ('Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa' (VTV), Samantha (Ye Maaya Chesaave (Telugu version) and Tammanah (Kandaen Kaadhalai), feels dubbing artistes do not get due recognition. Except the Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh state governments, there are no awards for dubbing artistes, Chinmayi said.

She said in her posting on a social networking site that she was not a dubbing artiste "by my primary profession" and dub "for the fun of it." "A dubbing artiste does a lot of repair work for an artiste who doesn't naturally speak the language they are acting in. The next time you watch a villain or an actor whom you know to be a non-native speaker of the language, watch the lip-sync. You'll know the amount of work that dubbing artistes have been putting in to elevate the performance of the actors."

"..There have been generations of artistes who have gone unsung and have been (and continue to be) routinely underpaid for their efforts." "To be honest, until I started dubbing I didn't realize the amount of work of a dubbing artiste puts in. Especially the artistes that dub for villains. They really stretch their vocal cords to a different dimension."

"So the next time you watch a film, in addition to praising the work of your favorite actor, be it villain or a supporting actor, check the rolling credits for the dubbing artist and give them due credit. Due credit to South Indian Dubbing Union that has done a lot for the improvement of the scenario where they make sure artistes and dubbing coordinators are paid," she said.
Chinmayi is looking forward to the release of Dhanush starrer 'Anegan', which is also scheduled next month, in which she has rendered a composition scored by Harris Jayaraj.

"Roja Kadale has received some encomiums and I am grateful," she said. She also got to work in Isai' with actor/music composer S J Suryah, who, she said, was a 'revelation'. "I didn't expect to see him as a music director when I went to the studio.I like both songs that I have sung for him."

She is also awaiting the release of the Marathi superhero film 'Baji' starring Shreyas Talpade, in which she got to render a composition, next year. As for music concerts/stage shows, she said she will be singing for the 'Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaaru' event next month. 


Ajay Devgn: I believe six-pack and eight-pack abs make you weak

The Action Jackson star believes in staying physically fit

Actor Ajay Devgn believes in being muscular and fit rather than running after six-pack and eight-pack abs that other actors have flaunted in their films.

“For Action Jackson, the makers wanted me to sport a bulky body, which was very easy for me to achieve.”I believe six-pack and eight-pack abs make you weak. They look nice, but they can make you physically weak. I believe you should be muscular and fit. I don’t want to promote eight-pack abs,” Ajay said.The actor, who’s currently busy promoting his film Action Jackson, says there is no buffoonary in the film.

“Prabhudheva is a very good actor himself and there is no buffoonary comedy in the film, and his comic timing is great. I enjoyed working with him,” he said.Directed by Prabhudheva, Action Jackson also features Sonakshi Sinha.

Alia Bhatt, Sonakshi Sinha, Jacqueline Fernandez click selfies for a cause!

The actresses indulged in clicking selfies but read on to know why those selfies were special… Alia Bhatt, Sonakshi Sinha, Jacqueline Fernandez Alia-Bhatt-238114 Sonakshi-Sinha-2811114 Jacqueline-281114 Ileana-281114 Nimrat-Kaur-281114 Ravi-Dubey-284114

An NGO started a charitable cause for underprivileged children on social media yesterday which called for people to take selfies and upload the same on social networking websites like Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the #EduSelfie and #CelebrateLife.

Bollywood celebrities also hopped on to the selfie bandwagon as they clicked themselves for a cause thus encouraging their fans to do the same. Among others it was Alia Bhatt, Sonakshi Sinha, Jacqueline Fernandez, Ileana D’Cruz and Nimrat Kaur who helped children with their selfies. Television actor Ravi Dubey also helped the initiative with a selfie! The initiative says that every 10 selfies with the #EduSelfie would sponsor 1 underprivileged kid’s education.

We hope that more Bollywood celebs follow suit and help the cause. Till then all you guys reading this can also upload a selfie and help a child get educated because every selfie counts!

Are Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan finally doing a film together?

Talk about exciting news! The three Khans will be sharing the screen space real soon. Read on for all the details

The moment which we all have been waiting for has finally arrived. Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan are all set to join hands for the very first time. So are they the three Khans ready to star in a Bollywood movie together? Well, before you get your thoughts running helter and skelter, let us tell you that the trio are not doing a movie together, but they are definitely coming together for Rajat Sharma’s popular show, Aap Ki Adaalat.

Never before have we witnessed the three Khans together sharing the same screen and it is only Rajat, who seems to have made it possible.

After the patch up between SRK and Salman at the latter’s sister Arpita Khan’s pre wedding ceremony, things have turned better between the three superstars. Aamir was spotted celebrating with the Khan family at the wedding ceremony in Hyderabad while Shah Rukh joined in the celebrations at the reception. Salman and SRK even did a Facetime call with Aamir post their patch-up.

So now that Aamir, Salman and SRK are coming together, it will definitely be a treat for all their fans.

The episode will be shot on December 2 at New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan, commemorating 21 year completion of the famous show. Also gracing the occasion would be Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra,Sonakshi Sinha and others.

Are you excited because we definitely are!

Is Ajay Devgn doing only action films?

The Action Jackson star talks about different types of films he has done

Bollywood star Ajay Devgn says he is not just an action hero and feels comfortable doing romantic films too.
“As an actor I feel comfortable doing romantic films also like action movies,” Ajay, who arrived here to promote his latest film Action Jackson, told reporters last night.When asked about being tagged as an ‘action hero’, specially after the release of the Singham film series, he said, “I don’t think so. I have acted in different types of films in my career. I consider myself lucky that I have got a chance to act in all kinds of films.”

In this regard, the 45-year-old actor referred to his earlier movies like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) and Gangajal (2003), which were not purely action films.To a question, Devgn said at present no screenplay of a romantic film has been brought to him, but in future if he comes across any good romantic story, he would definitely love to act in it. Action Jackson, directed by Prabhudeva, also stars Sonakshi Sinha and Yami Guatam.

I feel at ease doing romantic movies as well: Ajay Devgn

Indore: Bollywood star Ajay Devgn says he is not just an action hero and feels comfortable doing romantic films too.

"As an actor I feel comfortable doing romantic films also like action movies," Ajay, who arrived here to promote his latest film 'Action Jackson', told reporters last night.

When asked about being tagged as an 'action hero', specially after the release of the 'Singham' film series, he said, "I don't think so. I have acted in different types of films in my career. I consider myself lucky that I have got a chance to act in all kinds of films."

In this regard, the 45-year-old actor referred to his earlier movies like 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam' (1999) and 'Gangajal' (2003), which were not purely action films.

To a question, Devgn said at present no screenplay of a romantic film has been brought to him, but in future if he comes across any good romantic story, he would definitely love to act in it.

'Action Jackson', directed by Prabhudeva, also stars Sonakshi Sinha and Yami Guatam. 


Alia Bhatt, Shraddha Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor- stars who appeared in at least three movies this year!

At a time when stars stick to one-film-a-year rule, it’s refreshing to watch these youngsters three times this year…

Last year, definitely belonged to Deepika Padukone, with four hits and many awards. And though 2014 has not yet come to an end, we definitely know who made their presence felt on silver screen this year. At a time when everybody is choosing to do a film every year, it is good to see new faces doing more than one film. And mind it, these films are not run-of-the-mill romances. The younger actors are choosing their outings with a lot of care. Some chose to do masala romcom while others stick to their comfort zones. But overall, it’s a win-win situation for the audiences who get to watch their fav stars in almost all genres. Here’s a list of the stars who appeared in at least three movies this year…

Alia Bhatt

From petite teen fashionista in her debut film to feisty soul-searching Delhi girl in Highway, Alia was the shocker of the year – fans and critics alike were floored by her powerful performance in the Imtiaz Ali film. In April, her fresh jodi with Arjun Kapoor in 2 States came as a breeze. Her chemistry with Varun Dhawan once again rocked in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya. Despite being a very predictive story, the movie worked wonders, for which much credit goes to the lead pair. Definitely, the most-watched-for actress in the year ahead…

Sonakshi Sinha

Known as the female Akshay Kumar due to the number of films she does, Sonakshi proved why she deserves this title, this year too. Her year started with Holiday where she played fiery boxer girlfriend to Akshay’s armyman character. Her next in line are with Ajay Devgn (Action Jackson) and Rajinikanth (Lingaa). While Action Jackson, as the name suggests, will have a lot of punches and kicks where she will play one of Ajay’s love interests, it is Lingaa opposite the South superstar which really has her excited. Deepika Padukone’s tryst with Rajini in Kochadaiiyaan could not bring the desired results, but Sonakshi is betting high on Lingaa. Not only her, Rajinikanth too needs a blockbuster after his last movie, a flop.

Shraddha Kapoor

Aashiqui-2 proved to be a sort of re-launch for Shraddha Kapoor in Bollywood, but since then she has not looked back. The actress has been riding high on success. Her Ek Villain opposite Sidharth Malhotra not only got her rave reviews but also placed her in the category of heroines who have more than one `100-cr film in their kitty. Later this year, Shraddha got serious with Vishal Bhardwaj’s Haider where she romanced Shahid Kapoor. And though she doesn’t have three big films this year, her item number Dance Basanti in Ungli is keeping fans on toes, and on dance floors.

Kangana Ranaut

What a year for Kangana! We all knew that Kangs had something special in her but it didn’t come to the fore as well as it did in Queen. The movie proved to be a game-changer not only for Kangs but also for newbie Lisa Haydon who played her firang dost. While critics lapped up Kangana’s performance, audiences were awed by this stylish lady’s simple Dilliwali kudi avatar. And though Revolver Rani didnt do well at the BO, her chambal ki female daaku character was one-of-a-kind. Her next is with Emraan Hashmi, Ungli. We hope Kangs keeps on choosing such hatke roles in the future, too.

Arjun Kapoor

Arjun Kapoor couldn’t have asked for more. The films not only worked at the box-office but also helped him establish himself as one of the Next Gen actors. While his chemistry with Alia Bhatt in 2 States raised brows and rumours about the two, his bromance with buddy Ranveer Singh generates many aww moments even now, so many months after Gunday. The guy jodi has become so popular that their names have been tossed around for remakes of many two-hero movies (Andaz Apna Apna, Ram Lakhan etc). Arjun also garnered much appreciation for his role in Finding Fanny where he was surrounded by stalwarts of cinema like Pankaj Kapur, Naseeruddin Shah and Dimple Kapadia.